By Erin Walker
Development Director at Strings Music Festival
Music has always been a passion of mine. Moments are sometimes defined by the songs that were playing at that exact time or during a period of my life. My memories and emotions are very intertwined with songs. I will forever associate Chumbawumba with amazing nights dancing in college, an album by the Coors with a break up, or the Cure with my first real boyfriend. Tchaikovsky’s “Waltz of the Flowers” from “The Nutcracker” reminds me of the many hours I enjoyed practicing my harp and “The Magic Flute” “Queen of the Night” aria will always represent the first moment I fell in love with opera.
Playlists have taken music listening experiences to a whole new level. I have created one for every mood or just to take me back to the summer of 1999. It’s an easy way to recreate a specific feeling or emotion and have it at your fingertips. Spotify has made it even easier for us to listen to exactly what we want, when we want, and we don’t even have to buy the songs.
For all of you Strings fans, we’ve taken the liberty of bringing the summer of 2016 to you, in advance of the season! Experience the many amazing songs and artists you’ll hear in the Pavilion this summer before you even buy a ticket. I don’t think you’ll regret it.
In the meantime, I’ll be recreating my Chumbawumba dance moves for old times sake.