This weekend I'm holding my Senior Concert. Having a Senior Concert is a long standing tradition at Carleton for ALL half Asian singer/songwriters. No, not really (I'm not sure there are any other half asian singer/songwriters...yet). But it's something I've been meaning to host for a few years now. I came to Carleton and performed my song "All My Life" at the Freshman Talent Show during New Student Week (which I HIGHLY recommend). Since then, I feel like I've been a very active part of the Carleton music scene, whether through my solo acoustic songwriting, a cappella, or Duck Bus. But I've wanted to put on a concert to showcase my songwriting, and so I got a few of my musical friends together and we're going to play some of my songs this weekend. I'm really excited because it'll feature some reworkings of songs I wrote before I came to Carleton and a bunch of new songs I've written here.
Of course, running an entire concert on your own is pretty time consuming. I've been having rehearsals non-stop with various groups of musicians (guitar/bass/drums on one song, cello and violin on another, vocalists on something else, etc). I also wanted to do this show in someplace new, so I've been working with new people for booking. Since I've performed in the Cave a lot, and this is kind of my big final show, I wanted to do a semi-formal show in the Concert Hall. Luckily, the music department wasn't using it on the day I wanted, so I got to reserve the Concert Hall for myself (sandwhiched between a show with a guest guitarist on Friday and a faculty songwriter on Sunday). I spent a good portion of the afternoon running around campus putting up posters in dorms, academic buildings, dining halls, etc. I was really lucky, because I made a couple posters up and sent them to Printing and Mailing, and they printed off a bunch of really professional copies. These are my two favorites (I made the first one, my friend Alex made the second).
But it's all paying off, because tonight I had one of the first big rehearsals and it went really well. Of course, I ran from that rehearsal to Ebony (the big dance group on campus, of which I am a part this term), but I'll save Ebony for another post. Anyways, I'm really happy because this is one of the first times I've really run an event entirely on my own, and it's definitely proven to be challenging, but it feels really rewarding when things go well. So let's hope Saturday night goes well, too!
But even before my concert comes, it'll be Accepted Student Days! ASD is when the campus gets flooded with next year's potential freshman. This usually involves a fancy dinner, some performances, and then sending the accepted students off with student hosts. Exit 69 has been singing for the Accepted Student Days concerts, so not only do we get to sing, we also get to go to the catered dinner and schmooze with the high schoolers. So if you're coming this weekend you might see me at dinner. Or you'll probably see me singing after.
Late Night Snack Of Choice This Week: Girl Scout Cookies (Thin Mints, obviously)
Things I'm Not Doing Enough Of: Homework, Grocery Shopping