BY TIMOTHY YOUNG
We have all seen or heard of “that guy.” That guy on your Facebook news feed that’s in some band that you care little about.
You haven’t spoken to him since middle school, but that doesn’t stop him from inviting you, and everyone else in the universe, to his next show.
As annoying as “that guy” might be, he is evidence that there is a music scene that, at least, exists in the area. A place where people can watch a couple friends jump on a stage and possibly make a fool of themselves.
My hometown is a backwards mix of rednecks, the uptight middle class and hipsters. We have a cool downtown area, but for me there was pretty much nothing fun to do.
Music was the outlet.
The moment I came to Salisbury, I instantly began looking for the scene. Where did these bands play? What genre? And to my dismay, I found nothing.
I scoured the internet and asked around, but it seems that there was no prominent scene to be found. All I heard about was a couple of old guys that play Bruce Springsteen covers.
Last year, I would go to a local show anywhere between one to four times a month. Now I’m going through withdrawals with no solace in sight. Salisbury University may have a remedy though, it just needs to kick off more.
SU held an open mic night just a few weeks ago. There was definitely talent that was echoed of the walls of the Fireside Lounge. But it doesn’t just matter what SU is doing about, but rather what the students at SU are doing about it.
Being in a band isn’t just about hitting the big time. It’s all about grabbing your musically (somewhat) competent friends and playing the music you like. If it sucks, who cares?
In a 2013 interview on the next generation of musicians, David Grohl, the lead singer of the Foo Fighters, stated that new musicians shouldn’t try to get famous through reality shows.
“Musicians should go to a yard sale and buy an old (expletive) drum set and get in their garage and just suck,” Grohl stated. “And get their friends to come in and they’ll suck, too.”
“They’ll (expletive) start playing and they’ll have the best time they’ve ever had in their lives,” Grohl went on to say. “And then all of a sudden they’ll become Nirvana. Because that’s exactly what happened with Nirvana.”
If you want to start a band, start one. There is potential for a music scene to grow, and some of those opportunities can be found right here on campus.
With its own recording studio, a radio station run by students who love music and a student population of over 8,000 undergraduate students, there is a potential musical hotspot in the making on the SU campus.
So if you are reading this and you have absolutely no musical talent whatsoever, you are just as needed in order for a scene to survive. Show up to the shows, be a fan and help the scene thrive in your own way.
This is your chance to finally see what being a hipster is all about. There’s that possible chance you could be on the ground floor for the next big stars. You can finally like a band before they were cool.
Now, if you completely disagree with my statements, and you do think there’s already a thriving music scene here at Salisbury, shoot me a strongly worded email about how stupid I am, and tell me where the next local show is.
I would love to be proven wrong on this.