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I Love Variations

Posted by on Wednesday, November 2, 2011 in Extracurriculars, Music, Student Life.

You know when you’re just having a rough week and all you need is a little break to renew your spirits?  I found my secret weapon for getting through a busy schedule.I have always loved to sing; even though I’m definitely not what you’d call a talented singer, I can definitely hold a note and read basic music.  In middle school, I took Chorus and we even managed to win one year at Music in the Parks, a choral music festival at Six Flags.  Anyway, when high school rolled around, I didn’t really have time anymore for singing–besides, of course, singing along to the radio.  I did audition for my school’s a Capella group a few times and got called back, but it didn’t stick and so my singing dry spell continued.

This year, however, I got the courage to audition for Variations, a co-ed a Capella group on campus.  When I heard I made the group, I was a little taken aback but mostly just thrilled to finally sing regularly in a group again!  Unlike my high school’s a Capella group, Variations is student run and the group collaborates to choose songs to include in our repertoire each semester.  Also, we don’t do boring slow songs; some of my favorites from this semester’s music are:

What’s My Age Again? by Blink-182

Cowboy Take Me Away by The Dixie Chicks

Soul to Squeeze by The Red Hot Chili Peppers

Rolling in the Deep by Adele

Boondocks by Little Big Town

Africa by Toto

My parents think that two hours of rehearsal twice a week (Sunday and Tuesday) on top of everything else I do is pushing it, but I think it’s completely worth it.  If I’m ever having a bad day, I know I can look forward to practice where I can get some stress relief by just singing some amazing songs with a talented and wonderfully eclectic group of people.   The best part, actually, is the people.  I wouldn’t have met many of my fellow Variations members otherwise, and I’m so glad I joined!

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