Nashville is a happening place full of life, fine food and most importantly music! The music scene here is unreal! Every week I look forward to hearing the talent Nashville draws in. When I say shows I don’t mean another expensive show at a packed out concert space, I am talking 10 dollar tickets at the coolest venues with the best crowds standing at the edge of the stage. In Nashville seeing incredible shows on a regular basis is the norm. Here in music city we are surrounded by incredible talent, all across the city from coffee shops, pizza joints to local dives you can hear the best of up and coming artists and the greats. We may be at the heart of country music but Nashville has so much more to offer. The music scene is diverse and heavily integrated in this exciting city.
This Friday night my friends and I enjoyed one of these great shows at Cannery Ball room. Quadron started the night. I had only recently heard some of her music. One of my favorite things about Nashville is getting to hear a lot of great artists at their start. I am always being exposed to new music. Next Mayer Hawthorne lit up the night! He has such a unique sound and is an incredible performer. His band had great energy and the intimate feel of the venue made the hype of the audience incredible. We actually made our way to center front right at the edge of the stage by talking and meeting people. Nashville is full of interesting people who share the love of music.
I have loved every minute of living in this city! One of the major perks of coming to Belmont was that it was in the heart of Nashville. Every weekend there are things to do that have made my college years so memorable. No matter where I end up in the future I will always look back on my amazing experience living in Nashville and soaking up all that is music city.
This past weekend was Homecoming at Belmont University! It was also Parents weekend for a few of the sororities including my own Phi Mu! Homecoming is one of my favorite times of the year! There is so much going on on campus to celebrate your bruin spirit and to get you pumped for the big game!
On Friday night the festivities kick off with a bonfire. Students come out to eat, hangout and get lots of free Belmont gear! My favorite event however, starts on Saturday! A few hours before the game we have a tailgate. All the student organizations are invited. I helped set up my sorority’s booth, we had a big tent, hot dogs, hamburgers even a basketball shaped cake which one of the basketball players saw and asked my sister who had made it to formal! We also played corn hole, had music playing and everyone got to meet each other parents.
It was so fun walking through the line of booths introducing my parents to all my friends. Belmont has such an involved tight knit community on campus that you really get to know so many of your fellow students. This was one of the main reasons I came to Belmont, unlike some schools where there are lots of clubs and activities to get involved in but the school is so big and disconnected that there is no true community. At Belmont I have had the opportunity to get to know so many students who are both very similar and very different from me. This aspect is what makes my college experience so special, I don’t just go to a school I am a part of a community.
After the tailgate we headed to the game! Belmont definitely shows it’s personality as a school in sporting events. The national anthem was sung by Belmont alums who are now signed to a label. They were absolutely incredible!! My parents were in awe, but I wasn’t surprised, I mean it is Belmont we are surrounded by amazing talent daily. Belmont adds several little musical touches to the game, around half time several of our students run around with microphones and sing along to whatever song happens to play and hand over the microphone to random students to sing along. The students get to show off their amazing talent for a couple minutes and do different arrangements and harmonies on the spot!
The highlights of the game were the announcement of homecoming king and queen, which ended up being Two Bruin Recruiters! If you came to a preview Day you may have talked to them! Also cheering with all my friends and family and of course Belmont ending up with another Victory!
I am from Kentucky so I was born and raised a University of Kentucky Basketball fan. And when I say fan I mean I was born on a Kentucky game night, we have had season tickets at Rupp my whole life, my grandfather played Basketball for UK and every year for Christmas at least one of my gifts is a new UK sweatshirt. But when it came to choosing my dream college, I knew it boiled down to more than sports allegiance and family tradition. Now as a proud Belmont Bruin, I consider myself a Belmont/UK hybrid fan often trying to work my homework schedules around both teams’ games. My dual fandom worked well until December 21st when my two favorite teams went head to head. Belmont would play the University of Kentucky at Rupp Arena!
The game took place over our Christmas break so I planned a whole weekend of activities and invited some of my Belmont friends to stay at my home to go to the game! For months leading up to the game my family and friends from home asked what color I would wear to the game. Would it be UK blue or Belmont Blue and Red? My answer was always, “What do you think?”
The day of the game finally arrived and I left my house in a bright red Belmont sweatshirt so there wouldn’t be any confusion whose side I would be cheering for! My friends and I were a little red spot in the sea of UK Blue. We sat in the seats I had grown up sitting in. The people I have sat around for years looking at me like I was a trader. When the UK fight song played I couldn’t help myself. I had to sing along. But then the Belmont boys ran on to the floor. My friends and I cheered as loudly as we could, trying to compete with the roar of the home advantage. The game was one of the most exciting sports events I have ever witnessed! Belmont wasn’t expected to hold their own against a big state school’s legendary Basketball program, but in the first half we showed them we weren’t messing around. Belmont was neck and neck the whole first half, even ahead at certain points! I had either had class with, met or was friends with most of our team. Unlike the UK fans, calling out the players last names they memorized from the rooster, I referred to each Belmont player by first name. Like all Belmont games, it felt like I was cheering on a group of my friends. The tight knit Belmont community makes sporting events a lot of fun.
Though I wish Belmont could have brought home the win, considering how outnumbered we were as fans, avoiding a big upset for the Cats was probably best. It was strange being an outsider cheering for the opposing team at the place I use to consider my home court. Despite all, I couldn’t have been more proud to be a Belmont student. It was so fun to share that game with both friends from Belmont and my friends from Kentucky. I will always be a Kentucky girl at heart but I am a proud Belmont Bruin!
Getting a Little nervous about being the only ones in red!
“Stand in your own space, and know you are there.”
This quote can be found under the salutation of every email sent to dance students at Belmont from our Director. This quote has become somewhat of a motto for Belmont’s Dance program. Our Director Debbie Belue emphasizes seeking our strengths as dancers and accepting obstacles we cannot control. We are taught to learn to accept who we are as dancers and be proud of our artistry. This is definitely something I have learned through my semester in composition class. In this course we learned how to properly choreograph a strong piece that clearly conveys a message we wish to communicate. This task seemed very daunting considering my only experience with choreography was for five year olds. Our incredible dance program has allowed me to grow so much and learn how to show my feelings and thoughts through my movement. It has been quite a process but with the help of my professor and peers I have created a piece that is truly me and something I am proud of.
I will be performing the piece November 22 and the 23rd at our annual composition showcase. This show consists of all student choreographed pieces both from our composition class and group pieces that were selected from a pool of submitted work. The show has dances of all styles from African to lyrical. This is one of my favorite shows because it allows aspiring artists to get their work out there possibly for the very first time! Cannot wait to dance and let my work be known.
It’s that time again, when goblins and ghouls come out or in my case Katy Perry, Cinderella and the 7 dwarfs. It’s Halloween at Belmont and that means all are welcome at Boo Bash! Every year two sororities Alpha Gamma Delta and my sorority Phi Mu put on Boo Bash, an on campus Halloween themed dance where costumes are a must! The event is open to the entire campus. The money raised goes to both the sororities Philanthropies Children’s Miracle Network and Juvenile Diabetes! A great time is had by all as we dance the night away with our friends, take pictures at the photo booths and vote on the best costumes. It’s Belmont so you don’t see many generic costumes. One of my favorites was when a group of girls did the 7 dwarfs and each of the characters fit their personalities. I also love the couple’s costumes one year a girl was a shark and her boyfriend was a surfer with a bite out of his board. Belmont has such a unique personality that even a classic Halloween dance has its own twist. I had a great time and cannot wait to see all the pictures.