Do what you love and love what you do!
by Leanna Hicks '16
POP QUIZ! Okay people, this is a really important pop quiz question. Okay, ready? What is your favorite band/musician/group etc.? You have 5 seconds, GO! ... You all pass, huzzah here's your degree, you're ready for the world! If only it was that easy, but anyway back to the point. You may be wondering why I asked this specific question, knowing that I wouldn't hear your answer since I'm not psychic or anything, so why? WELL I'll tell you.
This weekend, I had the opportunity to see my all-time favorite acapella group Pentatonix perform in concert. You may have heard of them especially if you're friends with me on Facebook since I haven't been able to shut up about them this week. A little background information about this group: Scott Hoying (21), Mitch Grassi (20) and Kirstie Maldonado (20) were a high school trio from Arlington, Texas who were very well-known in their community and on YouTube with their video "Telephone" and then they decided to try out for an AWESOME show called The Sing-Off where acapella groups competed, but they needed a bass and a beat-boxer.
What to do? Well they traveled the world and by world I mean YouTube and found their beat-boxer Kevin Olusola (24) beat-boxing AND playing the cello at the same time (y'all have to look that up at some point because it's amazing, just saying) ANYWAY, then they found Avi Kaplan (23) in Southern California where he was known as one of the most talented basses in Southern California ... yeah this kid is a beast! ... so yeah they got together and not 24 hours later they auditioned for the show, got on the show, won because they're awesome and you're now all caught up on the group! ... well sort of, I was doing a shortened version but that's not the point of this blog post. I was so excited to go to this, words cannot describe how ready I was for this concert considering the fact that I bought tickets for a February 16th show November 3rd ... yeah I'm kind of obsessed.
The concert was nothing short of extraordinary, magical, amazing, mind-blowing I mean seriously people I could go on for hours, but we don't have time for that. While standing in this crowded establishment with my best friend and all the other crazy fans, I found myself being moved by the music and bond that this group obviously had. Along with that, there was this one song they did that started off with Kevin playing a piece on the cello which led the rest of the group to join in with vocals and they started to sing one of me and my friend who went with me, Verity's favorite song "Radioactive" and our jaws dropped. We could not believe they were singing that song and it just so happened that, besides Pentatonix, we were the only people in the room who knew that song. It was so moving, tears came to my eyes because they were getting into the music and feeling what they were singing. Some of them seriously just regular college kids only a year ago and now they are living their dream and I look at them as my inspiration.
It blows my mind that I am the same age as some of them and they worked incredibly hard and went through so many obstacles and challenges to get to where they are now, and isn't that what we all want? The one thing in this world we love to do, we want to be able to go out into the world and do what we love for the rest of our lives.
All my life I've known what I've wanted to do, what I'm passionate about doing and after seeing them perform I know that nothing can stand in my way of my dream. I know that I won't immediately be a star the day I get out of college. I know that I am setting myself up for a lot of heartbreak and rejection, but I know that if I even entertained the thought of doing anything else in my life, I know I would be unhappy for the rest of my life. Dramatic? Maybe, but it's the truth. I know one day I'll get there, but until then I'll keep you posted!