Orchestrating a Scene

BY ANDREW BLOM // SEPT. 11, 2012 //

The music scene on Curry’s campus has room to improve. // STOCKVAULT.NET

People always have something to say about music.

Bob Marley (yeah, that guy on the poster on your wall smoking a joint was also a musician) once said, “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” I’ll even sell out to the masses for a second and mention Taylor Swift, who said, “People haven’t always been there for me, but music has.”

Not much is being said about music at Curry because the college lacks a consistent music scene. But I can’t really blame Curry for this—although the student-run radio station, WMLN, really needs to stop playing the same songs over and over. There’s more to music than Lady Gaga, Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” and random Buddy Holly tunes. Bands like Nirvana, R.E.M., and the Pixies (from Boston) are far more fitting for a college radio station.

That said, I knew Curry wasn’t a hotbed of music when I applied. Obviously, if I wanted to enroll in a school with a great music program, I would have check out The Julliard School in New York City, or the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Maybe I should have checked out the University of Georgia in Athens, a city that has been described by Rolling Stone magazine as the “#1 College Music Scene.”

But there is a small and sporadic music scene on and around campus, and Curry students are leading it. Whether it’s students playing guitar in their dorm rooms until 3 a.m., “Open Mic” nights in the Student Center, or concerts in Boston, there is something for every music fan.

The Life is Good Festival in Canton on Sept. 22 and 23 is literally right down the street from the campus, and it will feature some cool artists like Dave Matthews. Travel a bit farther down the road, into Boston, and you have the House of Blues (“The All-American Rejects,” Sept. 22) and Paradise Rock Club (the Wallflowers, Sept. 29).

And don’t say you can’t make it. You have the Curry College off-campus shuttle, which drops you off at Faneuil Hall, and all it takes is a 10-minute cab ride. You should be able to make it to the 1 a.m. shuttle back to Curry.

I truly hope Curry’s music scene will grow this year and beyond. Because when you have a scene, you have people coming together. And when people come together, that’s when you start to make a difference.

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