Ville of Nash
Ya know ya wanna know
"Help Me, I'm Poor."
The first month here, I thought it would take forever to get past the next few months. Let's just say, I got a bumpy start. After my first week here, two of my grandparents died. Bad luck, right? I flew home at the end of January for one of them, and I can't go home for the one in April (APRIL?! know. But she was cremated, and it was the only time relatives could fly in) because it's too expensive and the times wouldn't match up. So, that kind of stinks.
Other than that, it's been SUPER hard to meet people because I ended up having to take classes online through UWMilwaukee because all the ones at Belmont closed. So, I tried meeting people through a website called Meetup.com. It's like online dating for friends. I met a girl from Chicago, and she's the only one I really hang out with other than a guy from my internship (Also from Chicago - but, I call him ...wait for it... Chicago).
Anyways, I met another girl from Belmont, but it didn't seem like she wanted to hang out too much because I was only there for a semester. We talk and stuff, but she's having trouble finding friends because she transferred, too.
The Stuff I'm Not Good At.
Wasn't There a Reason I'm Here?
I think if I work in the music industry, I'd want to be at a publishing group, in A&R or do something more with festivals. I'm not sure, though. Gosh darnit. I think I have time left to figure my life out, but only one year until graduation! Any advice would be appreciated. Sorry all these paragraphs are novels.
ANYWHO. I miss the guts out of Milwaukee. Of course, I miss everyone, family and friends, but the city is what drives me. Maybe it's because everyone is there. I like the idea of friends. Haha. This whole experience has made me realize I like independence in moderation, but honestly, the best times I've had are when people have come to visit me. Let me tell you. Before I got another job at a dance studio as a front desk person down here, those first two-three weeks were killer. I moped around looking for things to do. Spending unnecessary money on unnecessary gas, just trying to get myself to do things.
All that said. I'm coming back soon! I know some of you wanted to visit, but I'm not quite sure how that will work. I'm going to try and aim for coming home the last day in April. It's breaking my heart I have to quit the dance studio, but I can't afford to just live off that for a month. On the bright side. I might be home for graduation stuff, then!!
Favorite Things I've Done
- Whiskey Jam (Every Monday night, up and coming artists/songwriters play at this bar where Chris Young hangs out. Pretty cool. Last week, two girls from Marquette came with me and some guy paid for all of our drinks. Not to mention - free fireball. The first show was their 3rd anniversary, and they had Chris Young drop by, Chris Destefano, David Hodges (both Chris and David are HUGE songwriters. Type their names into Google. Your mind will be blown), Tori Kelly, Shay from Dan and Shay, Craig Campbell, and Frankie Ballard (ohy. s'cute). This week is Cassadee Pope! I want to see if she remembers me from this past summer.)
- Listening Room Cafe (ALWAYS a cool environment. Usually songwriters play here. The first time I went though, it was Kip Moore, Dustin Lynch, Jamie Lynn Spears, Craig Campbell, etc ... Crazy cool.)
- Arrington Heights Vineyard (UMMMMM. Who woulda thunk something with alcohol would be on my list, especially more than once. I mean, don't get me wrong. The stuff still tastes like crap, but I'm FASCINATED with vineyards. And. Kix Brooks of Brooks and Dunn has one about a half hour from me. FREE TASTING ROOM. Too good. Love it. Luh dat.)
-CRS (AKA - Country Radio Seminar. This is where all of the heads of country radio stations fly to Nashville to shmooze with record labels. It was insane. I got to work it as an intern. Let's just say I was fifty feet from Eric Paslay, David Nail, Jon Pardi and all the members of Lady Antebellum. Not to mention, I spent like twenty minutes talking to Kacey Musgraves' boyfriend who is one of the coolest people I've ever met. AND. The mother load. I got to experience TWO concerts at the Ryman that week. Eric Church - a private concert!!! It was one of the best moments in my life. Easily. And then, Kalleigh Bannen, Brothers Osborne (who you REALLY need to check out) and Jennifer Nettles played the UMG lunch show. I have the hugest admiration for JNettles. It's insane.)
I'm probably forgetting some. But, I'm sure I'll talk to you all soon, too!