A “Note” About This Blog

Forgive the musical pun in the title. There will, however, be plenty more in the future.

Welcome to my blog! Over the next few months, this is where I’m going to be sharing my thoughts about music on and around Hope College’s campus. “What kind of music?” you may ask. I plan to cover music from all angles, whether that be learning more about the culture of the Hope Music Department, covering live concerts put on by the SAC concert series, or catching a small unknown group’s performance at New Holland Brewing Co.

“Why music?” you may ask. This is an important time in our history to focus on the musical artist. We live in a culture that seems to be driven by domination, frustration and stress. In the midst of all this chaos, we find the musician, who knows best how remind us of the fundamental beauty of life. They pour their souls into our earbuds, challenging us to see beyond the hustle and bustle of the day-to-day. I find it a very inspiring fact that these people dedicate themselves to reconciling the tension between the dark and the light in these days where our news feed saps away at our optimism. They turn all this craziness into art that all of us can easily consume. And these people aren’t guaranteed a hearty paycheck in return. That’s valiant.

“What are your goals for this blog?” you may ask, to which I may ask you to stop asking me questions in the middle of my first blog. I hope to inform the people who read this about the good work that local musicians are doing. And if things go well, I would love for my efforts to get more people interested in music in general.

While I have not committed to being a full-time musician, I have played music for most of my life. I have a lot of friends here at Hope that have made that decision to follow their talents and dreams in music. I believe that my passion for music along with my various connections will be very helpful in my coverage of music here at Hope.

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