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2006-10-08 MUET200 Identity Essay

2006-10-08 MUET200 Identity Essay - Alan VanToai 108877115...

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Alan VanToai 108877115 MUET 200 Section 108 Dr. Boden Sandstrom Lauren Ash-Morgan October 6, 2006 Seizing the Opportunity: The discovery of Mission South From my first cassette tape of Ace of Base, to my first piano recital at age 5, to the inspirational performance by Phil Lesh and Friends at Bonnaroo 2006, I’ve experienced countless songs and shows that still muster up old sentiments and emotions when encountered. Considering the fact that I’ve been involved with music from both the performing and appreciating ends for as long as I can remember, I have a plethora of meaningful experiences tied to songs or artists that I could have chosen to write about. The song I’ve chosen, however, has inspired the greatest change in my life, and was a deciding factor in my decision to educate myself in the music business with the aspirations to become a music industry entrepreneur; the song that has had the most poignant and meaningful effect on my life is What’s Wrong , as written and performed by Mission South. Entering my last summer before starting my new life as a Maryland Terrapin, I – like the vast majority of my peers – didn’t have the faintest idea of what career path I wanted to pursue in life. I had decided to study business at UMD, but I wasn’t exactly sure if I would stick to that decision, let alone had I chosen a focus under the broad spectrum that “business” covers. A love for live shows and a desperate need for cash made one thing clear; it was time for me to get a job. This inspiration led me to what became, by far, my most enjoyable job yet: Instructor and Producer and East Coast Music Production Studio in Bethesda, MD. I loved what I was doing: teaching kids rock music, 1
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recording them in the studio, and finishing each week with a live performance for the parents. The perks of the job were generous: great pay, fun kids, music, great co-
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