The language of music speaks to the soul

If you're at the Battle of the Bands on May 10th, there's a moment I want you to look out for: it's in first few seconds when the musicians walk on stage, plug in their instruments, and launch into the opening song. Imagine the feeling you have when a childhood friend's name unexpectedly appears as an incoming call on your phone screen. Or that rush you get when standing up to deliver the opening words of a speech. And the thrill of seeing someone special walk through the door to join you on a first date.

Amplify it by an order of magnitude: that's the experience each of your classmates will have when they walk through the backdoors of the green room and step onto the stage this Friday night. It's like creaking open the door to another universe. It's a moment filled with promise and affirmation. There's nothing like it.

Up until the Battle of the Band auditions in March, I had forgotten that moment. I grew up playing music. The first time I felt the potential for success was when my middle-school punk band played in a talent show. A few years later I began playing rock clubs in Macon, Georgia. I'm still not sure how many local ordinances must have been violated by booking 14-year-olds to play in downtown Macon's dive bars. I continued playing music all through college. And as is all too often the story, I let it go when I graduated and ramped into my career. Joining AudioBooth this year has given me the chance to rediscover that love.

But the high points of joining AudioBooth and Booth's community aren't just about personal discovery. It's the daily reminders of how incredibly striking and talented my classmates are outside of class, interminable recruiting events, or group projects.

A while back I was reading a listicle of the greatest words in the English language. A word stuck out: sonder—the realization that others have a life as rich and complex as your own. I'm not convinced that it's a real word because I haven't been able to find it in mainstream dictionaries. But nonetheless, the idea behind it resonates.

Nothing has helped me appreciate the richness of others' lives the way that music has. The serious second-year who grilled you during mock interviews transforms into a freewheeling guitarist. Your seemingly reserved friend becomes a strikingly confident keyboardist. A buttoned-up professional unfolds into an unrestrained lyricist. A laid-back introvert unwinds into an incendiary horn player. A drummer shares music from their country and the boundaries of percussion and rhythm are forever expanded.

I invite you to come out--not just May 10th--but to any AudioBooth event, informal jam, open mic event, or weeknight night concert with your classmates. Witness that take-the stage-moment. And rediscover what your take-the-stage moment is. Maybe you're a musician, and it's through AudioBooth. Perhaps you're an actor, and it's through Follies. Maybe you're an undercover sommelier and it's through presenting a new libation at Wine Club. Whatever it is, seize these moments. And most importantly, marvel at those timeless moments of wonder with your classmates.