Music at Chewonki is like the second air that everyone breathes. Sam Colt made one of the earlier blog posts where he observed that whenever there are more than five people in a room there will be music playing, and I completely agree with that observation. Whether someone is playing music on the piano, guitar, or banjo or its being played by an iPod or computer there is always music being played. Most of the time the music that is being played is trying to fit the moods of how we feel, but other times the music that people play is just fun music that people belt and dance to. The other times there are songs that people play every time they open up their computer. Normally that song is one that is a campus-wide thing. The first song to be graced with that honor was “Hot n’ Cold” by Katy Perry. For the first couple of weeks you would not be able to go anywhere without hearing that song. It was always playing, and I’m sure that nearly every student attending Maine Coast Semester knows all the words to the song. But, there is only so much one song can be played before people get tired of it and want to move onto the next big song.
The next song to become the go-to song of our semester was “Lime Tree” by Trevor Hall. This song was a nice departure from “Hot n’ Cold” as this song is incredibly more mellow. “Lime Tree” stayed with our semester for about a week and half before, by chance, a new song rose to power. As I was walking to go to the bathroom during a natural history class I heard a song that I hadn’t heard since I watched Harold and Kumar. “Hold On” by Wilson Phillips was blasting from the Admissions Office where Libby was rocking out to that song. I was immediately reminded of the hilarity of the situation that this song arises in Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle (it is one of those awkward car ride moments where a song comes on and the occupants of the car are awkwardly trying to get the other to change it but they don’t and they end up belting the song together). When I got my next free block I went on the Internet and downloaded the song. Immediately I started playing it, and my good friend and cabin mate Jack Phinney picked up on the song and started singing to it. We resolved to make this song the next big song of our semester. Recently though, it has been getting some competition from “Kiss Me” by Sixpence None the Richer. I am not concerned as I know that Wilson Phillips could never lose in a fight to Sixpence None the Richer.
-Alex Lee, Atlanta, GA