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A Life In Music

June 5, 2017

It was a musical nightmare. I was in the middle of a gig, performing in the pit orchestra for a musical. The house was packed. There was a poignant moment on stage underscored by an exposed accompaniment— “gentle strumming ala Radiohead” is what the part indicated. Suddenly, in the hushed moment, I heard a crackling. Notes began cutting in and out, and then, finally, just silence. The electronics in my acoustic guitar were malfunctioning, causing the signal from my guitar to my amplifier to fail. I managed to get the signal working again by (incredulously) “tapping” the volume knob on my guitar. But the damage was done. I was embarrassed, to say the least. As a professional musician, I pride myself on using reputable equipment. This wasn’t an entry-level model. I paid good money for this guitar. I expected it to work, and it let me down right in the middle of a performance.

When I took it t...

February 21, 2015

 

In the spring of 2014, a 17-year old from Long Island named Kwasi Enin did something no one had ever done before: he got accepted to all eight Ivy League schools at once. While it appears unprecedented that Master Enin was simultaneously accepted to Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, U. Penn, and Yale, and that he deserves all the credit for achieving such a distinction, this is not really what I’m writing about. I am writing about what got him in. 

 

Yes, he had top grades and a phenomenal SAT score. No doubt, you’d likely have to have those two things minimum to get into all 8 Ivies. What really caught my eye was his essay. It’s all about music. Music is Kwasi’s passion. He played violin in the orchestra, sang in the choir, and acted in the school musical. He described these activities as having a profound effect on his development and achievement. In Kwasi’s own words...

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