Voice of a Generation

Scholarship Entrant: Anthony from Detroit, MI
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for Anthony: 2

I would like to make a living writing songs for me and for other performers. It is a great pleasure for me to share complex emotions with other human beings. I enjoy putting on different hats in order to satisfy different audiences. My audience plays a huge part in the emotion that I try to portray. If I was singing and playing guitar for a girl, I would try to act empathetic make her feel understood. I would act very differently if I was playing for money on the street. In this case I would try to be a more catchy and express a feelings of sadness/distress similar to the blues. If I am playing in a bar, the goal is to create somewhat of a spectacle. Visual presentation plays a huge role in this case. I try to look confident and make it look like the music is natural and the words flow from my mouth with purpose. As a musician I would like to come off as socially aware so that I can persuade people on social/political issues in order to bring about a positive change in the way people treat one another. I would like to use world music, to bring attention to world affairs and sing in a competent and rational, yet inspiring tone.

Vote for Anthony: 2

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