Another piano man has released a song about Middletown, the city home to The Most Beautiful Street in America (High Street), if you believe the potential words of either Mark Twain or Charles Dickens. This song is not new; it was actually released in October of 2015. However, kitab only just discovered this track and sent it my way, to my unexpected and extreme delight. Only with partial dismay did I find that this song was not an unreleased Drake track. I thought this likely because of his—presumably inspirational—trip to Middletown in October 2010.
The song, entitled “Middletown Is My Kind of Connecticut City, I Think” was penned and performed by Matt Farley. Before I get to my thoughts on the track, let’s give it a listen:
Last we heard from Brewster Lee ’13, the DJ who’s been going by IGBEE and used to be going by Paradise Stomp, he had dropped the very chill and very good SYZYGY EP. But now IGBEE is giving us “Twirl,” a trappy song for people who like stuff like TNGHT and some samples that sound like they’re from old Mario games. It’s tagged as “WOOZY” on soundcloud, so if you dig WOOZY things, you’ll dig this too.
It’s pretty sweet. Stream it below.
For more IGBEE, read his feature on Waves (the Wes music site that doesn’t get enough attention), and definitely peep his other recent track, “V^LLEYS,” for some haunting murkiness.
Lily Myers ’15 and Kate Weiner ’15 want you to bring your inner poet/singer/cookie monster to 200 Church this Tuesday!
Come share your creative work — writing, music, art, anything — at 200 Church. Cookies will be provided (probably). Absolutely no experience is required.
This is a great chance to show off anything from that song you’ve been composing in the shower or that short story you’ve been writing on the back of Usdan napkins in a relaxed, non-competitive environment with current and soon-to-be-your friends.
Sign up by being at 200 Church at seven and asking one of the hosts to put you down to perform. Late signups are accepted throughout the open mic.
When: Tuesday, Feb. 5th
Time: 7 PM
Place: 200 Church
Why: Cookies, performances, and people.
Bring: Yourself and everyone you know.
Yesterday, legendary folk singer and political activist Peter Yarrow, along with professor and celebrated folk performer Dar Williams ’89, led a happening singalong in the Zelnick Pavilion.After a discussion with William’s “Music Movements in a Capital Democracy” class Yarrow and a group of about 60 students and guests headed to Zelnick for an afternoon of activist-themed songs. Lyric sheets were passed around, and the singing began with the classic “This Little Light of Mine.” Next came “Eyes on the Prize” and “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Round.” Between selections, Yarrow shared stories of protesting in the 1960s and facing arrest for rallying against apartheid before everyone joined hands and sang “We Shall Overcome.”
Other songs included “If I Had a Hammer” and a beautiful finale of “Blowin’ in the Wind” (which wasn’t included in the lyric booklet, but people seemed to know all the words anyway). Everyone in the room left with a big smile, if not tears of joy and inspiration.
Photos and a couple of short videos are included after the jump.
Pescadero extraordinario AJ “Big Bird” Hinds ’12 me envía una tarjeta postal. Se dice,
The Spirits will be singing with the Smith College Smithereens at 8pm this Friday in the Olin Lobby. I was hoping that you would be able to make a Wesleying post about it. Would you be so kind? Here’s more info:
“Join the Wesleyan Spirits–Wesleyan’s oldest all-male a Cappella group–for an evening of vocal merriment with the much older, much more all-female Smith College Smithereens! It shall be a night of broken hearts, tender melodies, sweet, sweet chords, and reminding Garth “Celine Dion” Taylor ’86 that, yes, there ARE human beings who can sing higher than him.
Get your beautiful selves to the Olin Lobby at 8pm.
And the Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/147784968676125/
Hugs and Kisses,
(Apologies to my Spanish-speaking, Spanish, Ecuadorian, Puerto Rican, Dominican, and Japanese friends.)
The saucy singers of Slavei sends in strange image, reminds Wes-peeps of upcoming show:
Wesleyan’s own Eastern European music troop will will be lighting up the CFA green on sunday (follow the sound of voices) with yodels, yips, chants, and whatever other sounds we can cull from the vocal traditions of the Balkans and Caucasus Georgia.
Date: May 8
Time: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Place: Zelnick Pavilion
Cost: Nada, nothing, zilch, zero, kosong, cero, Zéro, il zero, ?