I’m so sorry for not keeping up with my blog, I was truly busy working Summerfest for the past two weeks. But now, I have time to write. And let me just say I’m so excited to write this blog!
For those of you who don’t know, Summerfest is the world’s largest music festival. It runs 11 days with music playing from 12pm-12am ( there is a day break in between). Besides the point, bands from all over the world come to play at Summerfest from Europe to Australia. Summerfest gives the Milwaukee community a good chance to listen to a variety of music to see bands such as headlining bands you hear on the radio and emerging artists that are trying to make it into this industry. Let me just say, not many other music festival do that! So cool! I love anything that gives the underdogs a chance!
Before I worked at Summerfest, I was a die heart Summerfest goer. I went about 5-7 times a run. How can you not, with so many good bands coming to Milwaukee for 2 weeks … Milwaukee… Not many bands tour in Milwaukee anymore. So for over 100 bands to come and play in Milwaukee, you know I’m going, and you know I’m going to have a fun, amazing time.
Now, that being said. I loved working Summerfest as well. It gave me a different perspective of concerts, bands the whole schabang. And I can honestly say, I appreciate the hard work that goes into putting this festival together. It takes a lot of people and of dedication to create something some many people come to year after year.
I like to think I know a lot about music. I studied it in school, I’ve played piano my whole life, I surround myself with music everyday. That being said, I’m retracting my last statement, because I don’t know that much about music. It’s one thing to understand music theory and to play instrument, but to actually understand what goes behind the scenes , you have so many people that do some many things and much more that goes into creating something people want to listen to. They say in music 95% of your time is practice and 5% is performance, it’s the same exact thing behind the scenes. And I’m lucky if I understand 5% of it.
Because I don’t know everything about music, I loved going to work everyday to learn something, meeting new people and to engage in something I’m truly passionate for. And here is my thank you to everyone who I worked with at Summerfest. You made me realize that this is something I want to do for the rest of my life, and you if it weren’t for you and my experience, I don’t know what I would do with my life. I want to thank everyone for being my teachers, my mentors and my friends. You gave me a life changing experience that is comparable to my experience in Australia. Basically, pretty amazing.
Here is my big who-ra. Words can’t explain what Summerfest gave me, what the people gave me , what music gave me. I’m so grateful and so humbled by my experience because most people aren’t lucky enough to experience what I had. I’m so honored because I found what makes my heart tick, music makes my heart tick, it makes me want to get up in the morning and do something with my life. It makes me want to do something, share something, learn something and to be a generally good person. Summerfest helped me realize that life without a tick isn’t worth living, and I’m ready to live.