This past week I got to spend quite a bit of time with well-know Irish singer Sean O Se. He visited World Music Ensemble, along with my music class, and I attended his concert. He had the best sense of humor of any 78-year-old I have ever met. He told lots of stories about the songs he sang, a very important part of Irish music, most of which were humorous. He also just seemed to say whatever came to mind in the moment. In addition to his humor, he was full of life, making it very fun and enjoyable to be around him. I am so grateful for having the opportunity to meet such an amazing person and musician.
I had heard things about Halloween being a three-day event here at Wheaton, and it really is. It started with a showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show on Thursday, which I had never seen before. Next was the moonlight brunch, which was delicious! There were all the normal breakfast foods (pancakes, eggs, home fries) and then they also had apple cider donuts, apple crisp, and lots of Halloween candy. Friday there were events going on all day and into the night. I went to the Presidents haunted house, which honestly wasn’t very haunted, and the walk of courage. The walk of courage was a little bit scarier, but for me the scariest part was when one of my friends accidentally ran into me. The actors did a good job though, and the costumes were very good. Then there was the Halloween dance friday night. Saturday people were still dressing up for the Daemon Daze concert at the Lyon’s Den. Overall it was a pretty eventful weekend, with lots of fun things to do!
On Friday I went to the drag show in the Chapel. I had never been to a drag show before so I really had no idea what to expect. It was absolutely hilarious, and I thought it was really cool that they actually had a professional drag queen come! It was so funny seeing people from Wheaton dress up in drag and their performances were great. The a cappella groups also performed and they dressed up as the opposite gender. They were awesome as well, as always. I am definitely happy I went and I think it is great that we have our own drag show on campus.
Last Thursday night I went to “Live at the Loft” and in my opinion it was the best one so far! A one-man band called Nelly’s echo played. I guess he was on The Voice at one point, and he was really good. He had a great voice and told a lot of funny stories and jokes. Besides the fact that he was good, to me it was the best because he really interacted with the audience. He would introduce almost every song, and he played a mixture of well-known covers that most people sang along to and songs he wrote. Because of this it felt like he was very excited to be here performing for us, and that made the audience excited to hear what he had to play. I have a couple of good videos but unfortunately I can’t upload them so here’s a photo!
Last night I went to the Loft for the first time and saw the band Mike’s Bakery and ate lots of free pizza! I thought the music was really cool, and it was just a really great environment. I think it’s so cool how big of a presence music has on campus, and how many different types of bands and groups there are. I also think it’s awesome how supportive everyone is. There were quite a few people singing alone, dancing, and cheering on the band on last night. I’ve never been part of a community that has so many musical opportunities so I am super excited to get involved!