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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Berklee Spring Break Trip Show!

Every year Stephen Webber and Pat Pattison, 2 professors from Berklee, put together a Nashville trip for Berklee students. They come down to Nashville during their spring break, and they get to go to all kinds of workshops. It is an incredible opportunity for the students. I remember going to hear Wynonna talk to us for about 2 hours on one of the events I went to. It was so cool. And Ricky Skaggs always invites the students out to sit in on a session. And tomorrow morning they are getting to see Delbert McClinton (one of my Daddy's favorites!!!), Gary Nicholson, and a bunch of players in the studio.

And every year they put together a show with alumni in town. I happened to be in Nashville this one night on our way to Atlanta from Stowe, so I got to be a part of the show!!! It was REALLY fun. The students are so great. Miguel and I just did an acoustic set of 3 songs with a couple of other songwriters. I am AMAZED when I look around at the amount of talent in the room at one of these events.

Half the kids in Kingbilly are from Berklee and they are ALL OVER GAC right now, Megan James just got a Jo Dee Messina cut which is her first single on her new album, most of the kids have Publishing Deals, are cutting a record, or they are touring. It makes me so proud to say I went to Berklee. As cheesy as that sounds. I don't care. I loved every second of going to school there.

Jenn got to come to the show!!! I miss her so much. But of course she couldn't really see Miguel from where she was sitting. Oh well, she got to "hear" him play live tonight :) Step in the right direction..... It's better than her WHOLE FAMIY being at the show while she just has to sit at home in Nashville and listen over the cell phone :(


Berklee girls!!! Not a very common occurance... there's not many of us!!!!


John saw it in the Scene!!! I didn't even know it was a public event or I would have invited people to come!!! (Sorry FFBF!)


Jenn took a little pic of us doing our thing.... she made quite an effort to wiggle her way to the front, so I am posting this picture!!!


Yeah.... we had to show off our Shamrocks! Thanks Jenn!!! Is that a halo above Amy's head?!? Whoa.


And I met Jeff Cook tonight from Alabama! (The fiddle/guitar player) I had just walked in and there weren't a lot of people there yet. I was talking to a friend and this man taps me on the shoulder and asks "Is that a fiddle?" (On my shoulder) I said, "Yes it is" :) And then he introduced himself. Isn't that awesome? Jeff Cook came up to ME and introduced himself. I love Nashville.

Peace. Love. and Gotta have a fiddle in the band!

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5 Comments:

Blogger Jenn Renee said...

I *loved* my experience with the Berklee Nashville trip! I went in the spring of '02, my second semester, and had a blast. When I was 15 I traveled from my home state of Michigan to record my first demo in Nashville, four country songs in a major studio, my first time ever. Then oddly enough on the Berklee trip we were walking around a studio and it suddenly hit me that it was the same studio where I recorded my demo five years earlier. It had been renovated a bit so I didn't recognize it at first. Anyway, just wanted to share. :-) I'm in Los Angeles, and I miss Nashville!

March 18, 2009 at 6:12 AM  
Blogger Jenn Renee said...

Oh...and it was pretty funny the night we got to see a show at the Opry and go backstage. I was one of about three people who actually knew any of those artists and was totally geeking out about the experience because I had grown up on country music, while everyone else was kind of like, "Huh?" ;-)

Haha...sorry, I'm reliving my random Berklee memories on your blog!

March 18, 2009 at 6:14 AM  
Blogger Natalie's Favorite Farm Boy Fan : ) said...

Hay Berklee Girl : )

It's no prob that you didn't know the show was for the public and everything. I had linked to Jenn Bostic after she sang with you at Opryland so I was aware of the show and meant to go because i know they must have a lot of great talent since you and Jenn are from there, but I've had a lot going on, including I bought a high def camera and had to be sure everything was compatible and also acceptable format for Sundance, and that compatible stuff was such a pain because of competing formats,(Bla Bla Bla : ) : ) and my filing and stuff is the absolute worst in the world and I just forgot about the show.

You are so nice to me and already take plenty of time responding so please don't ever be concerned about whether or not you let me know about something.

Plus absence makes the heart (and ears : ) grow fonder so mine may explode next time I see you. My good farmer friends said they will wrap me in plastic as a precautionary measure, and they even got a high paid Washington consultant to teach them the words "precautionary measure" : )

When my friends aren't looking I think I'll throw the high paid consultants in the compost pile; no wait, they are so unnatural they would even mess up manure : ) : )

I'm glad y'all are getting a little break and hopefully some good rest !!

Natalie Stovall, much better than that great tasting wedding cake icing that's often made with lots of lard, and I know because I've asked many of my favorite icing makers for their tip top secrets : )

March 18, 2009 at 1:03 PM  
Blogger Natalie's Favorite Farm Boy Fan : ) said...

Hay Deja Vu : )

I just linked to Jenn Renee's Myspace, and in case she looks at this comment I wanted to say that I really liked her voice and sounds and the variety of her music.

Her Myspace is :
http://www.myspace.com/jreneemusic

Y'all Berklee gals have got it all going on !!!!!

March 18, 2009 at 1:17 PM  
Blogger Jenn Renee said...

Thanks so much for your kind words, Farm Boy Fan! I believe Natalie's husband James actually played drums on the first song on my MySpace page for a Berklee project years ago. :-)

March 18, 2009 at 7:45 PM  

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