We all know them: these people, who always have a song on their lips, a rhythm in their fingers or an unbelievable ability to take the stuff of everyday and turn It into instruments: Few combine all three of these types, but many at least fit one.
To all of them and other musically inclined: You’ll find some treats at our House.
Not every dorm provides the room, rules and tools to make music together. What is more, grad school life makes it difficult to practice regularly. But at ISH, a couple of things come together beautifully for musicians:
First, we are blessed with a piano. I can’t overstate the beauty it adds to our home! Up in the great hall it stands preciously, waiting for those who play like professionals and those who- like me- just know their childhood melodies or practice a bit of sheet music here and there. It’s a great comfort to know that however challenging the day, those who know how to make music can always go up there and play a bit.
Secondly, we also have two guitars- generously donated by previous residents and tenderly cared for by current generations. Any day you may find someone singing pop, folk, soul or traditional songs from his or her home country with the guitar. This makes ISH so fun. The library, dorm rooms and dining hall are far away enough for readers not to be too disturbed by these sounds. Rather, you may recognize a melody softly playing from afar and enjoy the free, calming background.
But above all, we have quite a few music-enthusiasts among our fellow residents! Some even bring their instruments from home, others use piano, guitar and vocal chords. This way, so many impromptu bands have already formed spontaneously. Our good friend Tito has entertained a small crowd with his songs one Friday night, Sun, a longtime resident, sparks gratitude and joy when she frequently practices Chopin and more. Just before Christmas, we came together by the fireplace to sing pop and Christmas folk songs a capella. Ben, a fellow resident and I, are about to start practicing a duet together, and last years’ jam sessions with Joelle on the piano and a small choir forming around her one random weekday night are unforgotten. What joy in each of these music moments.
Nothing brings people together quite like this.
It remains fascinating to hear songs from all parts of the world here, year-round. And a joy to explore playing new songs together in evenings, on weekends, whether spontaneously or in weekly practice.
Musicians and music enthusiasts- welcome to ISH, you’re in the right place.
If you just arrived at ISH and would like to make some music- no matter how long ago you last played or sang- come find me or join one of the music practices going on. We’ll form another impromptu band – for one moment, and many to come.