On tuesday there was an annual (3 times a year) General Meeting at Slems. Time for the Slemsmen to actually start shaping the hall life themselves ! Several positions had to be filled, such as History Rep, Debate Rep or Sacristan. There were a few moments, like the unsurprising election of the magnificently-bearded Prabhjot to the prestigious position of Beard Rep. But as I was slowly drifting to sleep in the excessively comfortable chair that I managed to steal just before the beginning of the meeting, I suddenly hear the President say « And for Music Rep I would like to nominate the French guy with the guitar who plays jazz. Arthur, where are you ? » Holy bejeezus, what is going on. I wake up, stand up and say « Well, um, I would like to thank the Academy for… » He then says « Who seconds that ? » Forest of hands. Triumph ! Glory !
Thus begins my time as Music Rep. I’m in charge of making musical events happen and putting together a band or several ; and as I am always keen to play with anyone, anywhere, anytime (you know, preferably the chapel after dinner with people who like jazz), I will try to put a strong emphasis on ‘playing together’ because you can only have so many solo talent shows.
So what does the future hold ? Hopefully, a lot of jam sessions in the chapel but also some more focused things like the awesome U2 cover Felix and I are preparing. There is at least one drummer and one bassist, there’s the group ! And a bazillion pianists… You know what ? Let’s do a twenty-hands piece for Halloween. Yes, all ten players on the same piano. The group will be call « Raymond and the Raymondettes ». As for events, Acoustic Night is a tradition but some musicians have started thinking about a more recurrent open stage event. I am definitely up for it if it allows people to play together and share their musical talents with everyone !
All right, first step of every group project : creating a Facebook page so we can spend 4 months discussing all this.