Musical Connection

Hostelling International is aptly named for the diverse residents it attracts. The stairwells are decorated with a vast array of flags from all over the world. Downstairs on the first floor the common rooms provide guests with entertainment, Internet access and a corner for music. Although the piano is a little out of tune it is positioned in such a way that people feel welcome to bring life to its keys.

Last night I heard someone playing a guitar and singing for his group of friends. I took my laptop over with some sheet music and asked if I could join and play the piano. We ended up playing music for hours; throughout the night more and more people joined in singing various harmonies and improvising other melodic parts. I love how even when people do not know the lyrics or the melody they still participate by clapping their hands, nodding their heads or tapping their feet. Music is an international language everyone understands it.

  1. #1 by hostic13 on January 21, 2013 - 3:22 am

    I think you;re right. Music really is a universal language and it seemed like you were having the time of your life over in the corner last night. It’s funny how everyone has seemed to bring their unique passions to life over the course of this small trip. I loved going out with you in New York as we danced the night away and didn’t care about anything else. It seems like you have a great attachment to music and I’m glad the hostel has given you a way to enjoy your gift!

  2. #2 by aforhan14 on January 29, 2013 - 2:58 am

    Bri, I”m glad that you got the opportunity to share your musical interests and talents with those in the hostel. As a laid back dude without much of a musical touch, I admire your ability to go down and make new friends on a whim. I think it’s really cool that Whitworth has such a strong study abroad program, because not only do we get to experience the featured components of the trip (in this case media) but we also get to experience new cultures and share our talents with others.

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