One—she calls a Smithie to do it.
One of my classes that i am taking is actually infiltrating my social and personal life in a way that will (i hope) make a permanent impact on my development intellectually and just….as a person. this is rare. I usually enjoy my classes and often glean some sort of lesson or meaning from the readings, but my religion course this semester - buddhism, the beats, and the making of the counterculture is wonderfully going beyond that. i am taking the class with 2 of my friedman roommates, and out of pure inspiration from seeing the film Howl in class last week, we decided to have a poetry reading in our apartment. because smith is so intense both socially and academically, it is sometimes hard to find a way to merge the two. the people that came that evening really seemed to appreciate the mix of art and conversation, and much of the night was filled with sweet acoustic music by two of our friends. we’re going to try to make this happen more often - it is now much in demand. woohooo!
Ginsberg (Played by James Franco in Howl) & Orlovsky
from our very own evening of poems & music
I really really REALLY miss the smith college noteables, aka my obsession. The Noteables is what takes up most of my time at Smith, but I love it. Since I was abroad last semester, it will be almost a full year in Sept. since I’ve sang with the group and I miss it ohsomuch!
so why are we sooo irresistibly cool?
1. we ain’t a pack of girls.
we get wild. we sing like nobodys biznaz. we were the first a cappella group at smith to use vocal percussion, AND the first to feature a soloist on a song recorded with a male vocalist. now all the other groups do this as well, but weee started it! so yeah, we are pretty bossay.
2. we are great hosts.
we host male a cappella groups to come sing at our gigs with us throughout the year, and we always provide fantastic entertainment, hilarity, and a cappella bonding during and after the gigs. often by the end of the night both groups are dancing wildly and profusely sweating in someone’s tiny single, half of the people jumping on the bed to save floor space. don’t tell pubsafe.
3. we make mad albums.
we put out an album at LEAST every other year, and record every. single. year. this means long hours in the recording studio with our infamous album producer MARK…who built his studio in an old cow slaughterhouse but that’s besides the point…and this also means lots of moolah. which we usually convince smith college to fund.
4. we frequently are harbored as fugitives.
smith housing often decides to just NOT house the a cappella groups during senior week, even though we sing at illuminations, an event for seniors during commencement weekend. so, the noteables stay on campus anyways (duh), sleeping in strange places which have included putting 6 people in one room, illegally inhabiting living rooms… oh, i’ve even slept in the morrow basement “modern art” (aka graffiti/spraypaintfumes) room.
(@ slaughterhouse recording studio)
5. our goal is shaking things up… and having FUN.
we are not one of those uber-competitive, strict and serious groups. we like to spice things up, play with people’s minds, perform “business time” by flight of the conchords featuring the soloist in a tigger suit…
“aww girl, it’s business time. it’s business time…. you know when i’m down to my socks it’s time for business that’s why they’re called business socks, GIRL.”
listen to ze noteables. play with the noteables. party with the noteables.
what makes a concert? it’s this unexplainable balance of the artist, the venue, the crowd, the weather, the lights, the feeling of support or uncertainty echoing through the vocalist’s language.
bon iver performed in mountain park this past weekend, and i was lucky to attend with three good friends. i didn’t know what to expect of the venue or of the artist himself, since i hadn’t heard much of his new album. turns out, it was one of the best shows i’ve been to. the venue was ideal for the size of the crowd and the style of music - it was liberating to be outdoors, feeling the light raindrops fall and break the humidity, able to fully relax and enjoy the floating vocals, feuding guitars, and aggressive drums winding through the trees. Bon iver (justin vernon) himself definitely delivered as well. Although it seems impossible that the falsetto, echoing, angelic vocals from his album are unedited, they are. the voice is real.