The Power of Music
As I consider the possible summer offerings for entertainment, I can’t help but notice they all have something in common: Music. Think about it: Wedding season brings cover bands, festivals like Cottonwood or Flatwater include music, and the Nebraska State Fair is coming up at the end of summer. Usually, sports gather a large following but it is interesting to see how music can draw such a crowd!
Growing up, I was involved in both sports and music so I know the camaraderie and excitement that went along with each activity. However, the power of music seemed to stick with me through successes, failures, and trying times. In college, I mostly ran with the music kids and ended up in an acapella singing group called 1-2-5. While singing in the group, I discovered a true passion of mine by accident – arranging music. I found out that I enjoy the ability to take an existing song and either mash it with another or flip it on its head completely (ex. a bluesy version of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”). So, when I seek music as a means of entertainment, I tend to follow the aforementioned aspects of music that I love. As a result, this led us to all the way to Kansas City.
On the evening before New Year’s Eve, twelve friends and I made the trip to Kansas City for a Happy Hour party at Howl at the Moon, a piano bar. All of us experienced very tall drinks, many mash-ups and dueling pianos! This small group of maybe seven performers sang and played all the songs you could think of within a few hours. We were amazed by all of the mash-ups, remixes, and requests that they could play! This was truly a musical experience that I will not forget – and hope to enjoy again!
My point for this week is…even in a small town such as Hastings (or the tri-city area), there are opportunities to find entertainment through music, especially fitting specific genres. Find the summer festival that has music to your liking, find a band during the Nebraska State Fair, or even just listen to the radio. After all, the radio is how I came to find out about dueling pianos and even an opportunity that I can’t wait to share with you.
More on that later…
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