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The Set List #4


The boys in Feedback stick it to the man at Rock Stock

Welcome to The Set List


The Setlist is RMC Studio's NEW weekly newsletter! It's jam packed with awesome pictures, videos, and news that you won't want to miss. So make sure you always keep your eye on the setlist, you're gonna want to know what's coming up next!


This Week's Set List:

- Summer Fun

- Recital Sign Ups

- New Peeps

- High Hopes

- An American Band

- Game of Gaubs

Studio News and Events


Looking for some fun music workshops to fill up some of that summer free time? Then look no further because RMC is the place to be when it comes to making music in the summer months! We have lots of program options and flexible scheduling to make summer music as easy as possible!


Have you signed up for the Unplugged Spring Recital yet? Make sure to sign up before the list is full! The Unplugged Recital is the perfect event for students to show off what they've been working on in their lessons! This recital is for solo performances and performances accompanied by a teacher. The recital takes place Sunday, June, 9th in Kean Hall at Kean University. Sign up today!


Speaking of recitals, let's not forget about the Spring Rockin' Recital! The Rockin' Recital is an event for students to play songs accompanied by the RMC Teacher Band! The Rockin' Recital is on Saturday, June, 15th at The Crossroads in Garwood. Sign up before all the performance slots are full!



Welcome Wagon


We've got a few new students to welcome to RMC Studios! A very warm welcome to the following students:


Bazsa:

Aron, Voice

Teacher - Ryan Kiel


Quinn:

Terry, Guitar

Teacher - George Sheehy


Faitoute:

Allyson, Guitar

Teacher - Justin Rosin


Veglia:

Juliet, Piano

Teacher - Marie Trudeau


Cammarota:

Julian, Ukulele

Teacher - Justin Rosin


Sharma:

Reece, Cello

Teacher - Jordan Yiu


Wolfe:

Ashley, Guitar

Teacher - Kara Delonas


Varela:

Luke, Drums

Teacher - Liam Hughes


Welcome to the RMC family!

We can't wait to make some music with you!

Student / Teacher Juke Box


Every week we're gonna ask a student and their teacher to each name a song that they've been jamming on! This week we feature Micaela Beltran and her teacher Liz Robbins!

Micaela:

"High Hopes" - Panic! At The Disco

"I like this song because it's very motivating, especially when you don't want to get up for school in the morning."


Liz:

"Harder To Forget" - Brandi Carlile

"I like this song because the way that she writes and sings is really nostalgic and reminds me a little of my mom singing and the kind of music she likes."

RMC Featured Video


Foot In The Door showed up to party down at Rock Stock! Just watch them bring the good times with their performance of "We're An American Band" by Grand Funk Railroad. Foot In The Door consists of Sophia Famular, Katie Miles, and Aidan Supranowitz. Stay tuned to The Setlist this month as we feature all of our Rock Stock artists!


EJ's Thought Bubble


As the fearless leader behind RMC Studios, EJ's brain is chock full of introspective musings. So much so that we've created a space for him to offload those musings and share them with the world! This is EJ's thought bubble... Game Of Thrones Edition


EJ thinks deeply about why his beach day is not the success he hoped for...

1.) Quote that I am Pondering:


"The man who passes the sentence should swing the sword" - Ned Stark


A pretty straight ahead statement, however, I like to apply it in a slightly different way. While passing judgment on someone and the resulting consequences seems to be the prevailing thought, I like to remind myself of what it would be or could be like to be in someones shoes as I offer them advice. It is easy to tell somebody how to handle a situation with their job, their family, their love life or even how to handle exchanges in everyday life. "Oh, if it was me I would have done..." However, how many times do we really follow our own advice? This is something this quote reminds me to do.



Photo One: A young EJ is stunned as he gazes inward for the first time and has his first existential deep thought, pondering the origins of his own being.

2.) Embarrassing family photos and track I am listening to:


Photo one:

WHY!?!? in what universe is dressing a child this way acceptable? It was not a holiday... I checked the date on the back of the photo. Even if it was, what holiday calls for this attire? It is not a status thing... because the rocking aluminum lawn-chair chilling on the front porch should demonstrate this is not a slice of high society you are witnessing... (by the way, that chair remained a staple of the front porch for 18 more years...duct tape and all holding it together). I looked up hip baby fashion for toddlers during the late 70's early 80's and this outfit was nowhere to be found. I did look up "quickest way to ensure your child will need intensive psychotherapy" and sure enough... I found this outfit. I look like a Tyrion Lannister reject!!! However, anyone remember those baby shoes? Those where legit man... they used to make Doc Martins look like a pair of Toms... those things could dent steel. That's why all babies from that era had crazy strong calves and could dunk a basketball at age 7. If you got kicked by one of those boots you were gonna be concussed for sure.


Photo Two: EJ thinks deeply about the ramifications of his new haircut.

Photo Two:

The front porch of this house is a huge theme of my childhood. I have referenced several times that my grandfather used to cut our hair on the front porch. When he passed my mother took over the duties. My grandfather cut hair on that porch for like 2 generations, and apparently death is the only way to relinquish your barber duties in The Game of Gaub's. When my mom took over she tried to get fancy, bought a book, and a clipper set. However, it appears that I had to wear a toga in order to get a trim. I look like Caesar of Rome or like I am following the Dragon Queen around the desert. You can tell by my face I am not enjoying this. I am not sure if a sniper is taking the picture cause he or she looks like they are shooting this pic from the cover of the bushes. While my grandfather used to just cut in a straight line... my mom used to like to "taper." If I heard this word one more time I was gonna lose it. Half the neighborhood would be on the porch, with the book, rating how things were going. The problem was my mom seemed to think that tapering meant leaving a large mound of hair on the crown of your head then literally fading it down to nothing. So for the longest time I thought I had a very odd shaped head that resembled a cone. I wore plenty of hats. I had no idea it was from the tapering. However, my mom appears to be enjoying herself at least.


This brings me to the track I am listening to. This week it is the "Game of Thrones Theme Song." The song is composed by Ramin Djawadi, released June of 2011. The shows lead writer requested that the theme song reflect a fantasy theme but not use typical instruments such as flutes and violins to get the message across. What makes this piece interesting is that the song is in the Key of F minor, however, within the first two bars it switches to F major, then back again to F minor. Ramin has mentioned he did this to be a musical reflection of the backstabbing, conflict and unpredictability of the show. In addition, to emphasize this further, he selected the Cello as his lead instrument. The darker tone of the cello he felt suited the mood. The piece is also around 85 beats per minute.


3.) Random Thought:


"You know nothing, Jon Snow" - Ygritte


How often do we think we have it all figured out only to realize we were wrong the entire time? How many times do we  have to convince ourselves of the truth, or that something is good or bad for us? What do we REALLY know?

....69,999 thoughts to go.

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