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The Set List #7



Welcome to The Set List


The Setlist is RMC Studio's 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:


- Smash Bros. Open Mic/ Tournament

- New Peeps

- White Snakes and Weird Fishes

- RMC Mukbang!?

- Star Gaubs

Studio News and Events


Are you ready for the ULTIMATE RMC open mic?



Test your skills against other students and teachers in RMC's first ever Super Smash Bros Ultimate Tournament / Open Mic! Face off against other student to claim the title of RMC's Student Smash Champion! Teachers will face off in a side tournament and the top teacher will take on the top student in a final Teacher Vs. Student round! Enjoy food and drinks for adults and kids as you enjoy the sweet sounds of our open mic performers while watching the mayhem unfold in the Smash Bros Tournament! 


1.) To sign up for the tournament you must also perform in the open mic. You can perform in the Open Mic without competing in the tournament, but you cannot play in the tournament without performing in the open mic. 


2.) The entry fee for the open mic / tournament is $5 per performer / competitor. 


3.) You must be an active student of RMC to sign up for the tournament.


Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080849acad2ba46-thermc2

Welcome Wagon


We've got some new students to welcome to RMC Studios! A very warm welcome to:


McFadden:

Alesandra / Voice

Teacher - Ryan Kiel


Herskowitz:

Sydney / Ukulele

Teacher - Liam Hughes


Pozharsky:

Emelia / Guitar

Teacher - Liam Hughes



Welcome to the RMC family!

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

Student / Teacher Juke Box



JP:


"Here I Go Again" - White Snake


"I like the chords in the chorus. I think it's a good song."




Liam:


"Weird Fishes" - Radiohead


"I like the arrangement of all the different instruments and their textures and tones. The way the melody becomes almost like a rhythm. Counter Rhythms swell and build. The drums drop out and the electric piano picks up the rhythm leading into a hard rocking section. It's a cathartic listen."



Video Of The Week


We had a Mukbang in studio! What's a Mukbang you ask? Well we basically sit down and talk about music, life, play some games, and chow down on some delicious Mexican food from our fellow Garwoodians, Grill Creations! We talk about some songs that we've been listening to lately, give some performance anxiety tips to our young performers, and top it all off with a rousing game of Heads Up! This episode features EJ, Antonia, and myself!



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... The Star Wars Edition...


EJ finds that deep thinking while making the Kessel Run in under 12 parsecs to be a more laborious task than he anticipated.

1.) Master Yoda Quotes I am Pondering:


" Do or do not. There is no try"

- Master Yoda


Luke: " I can't believe it"

Yoda: "That is why you fail"


Yoda often embodies the wisdom we see out of Eastern Philosophy. What we can learn from Yoda speaks to the art of detachment and also mindset. The most powerful weapon we have is our power of belief. They say everything is created twice... first in our minds, then manifested out into the world.

I often try to remind myself of the advice I find myself giving young students as well as my children. "Believe."How many things have we regretted walking away from because we lost belief? How many things have we labeled a "failure" simply because we stopped trying. Lightbulbs and airplanes for starters would not be with us if only one attempt was made. There is no such thing as failure until we label it as such.



EJ partakes in a lightsaber fight that is definitely not canon.

2.) Embarrassing Family Photo and track I'm listening to:


Well, in the honor of Star Wars, allow this one a moment to sink in. Before I even get to the family stuff... I have to comment on the technical Star Wars stuff... the photo is blasphemy. Two dueling red lightsabers means two Sith's are fighting. This is preposterous as there are only two Sith's at a time. An apprentice and a master. I am not saying it "can't" happen ever... but it is a poor job on my part and on my brother. We should have combined our forces and clobbered the unarmed spectator in true Sith fashion. By the way he seems really into this unfolding battle.

Now to the rest of this picture... ARE YOU SERIOUS!?!? In some way, I do come out of this looking like a pretty epic multitasker (if you set aside the fact I am wearing boots in summer, booty shorts, and the grandpa special haircut) as apprarently I can feed a newborn a bottle while carrying on a fight to the death light saber battle with my brother! However, somebody decided that instead of telling the 8 year old and 6 year old who are brandishing weapons to step away from the baby parked in the middle of a front lawn... NOPE... Picture time!!

 As you can see... in North Plainfield... this was big happenings. The front lawn was kind of like the Death Star in Return of the Jedi... under construction after an attack, but still functioning. You will notice the chain link fence is only half way up the lawn. This is because the neighbor rebelled and took down half of it in order to remove some trees and do some landscaping. This sent my grandmother (the ultimate Sith Lord) into full attack mode... and within a few weeks there was an ever higher fence around the perimeter. But as you can tell from the giant worn out patch of grass, and bike parked in the center of the lawn and a random baby in carriage... the Gaub front lawn was must see television back in the day. Please take note of the "sidewalk" behind the dazed spectator... that was one of the most treacherous pieces of terrain back in the day making Hoth look like a walk in the park for Luke and Han. 


This brings me to the track I am listening to:



"The Imperial March" - John Williams and the

Skywalker Symphony Orchestra


Composed by John Williams for the movie "The Empire Strikes Back" the song premiered three weeks prior to the opening of the film. The date the song premiered was April 29th, 1980. The piece is often considered Darth Vader's Theme song as outside of the original Star Wars film, it was always played on screen along with Darth Vader appearing. The piece is based on a funeral march by Chopin titled " Piano Sonato No.2  in Bb minor" Also influencing the piece is "Mars, Bringer of War" by Gustav Holst. Check the links out here:


- Chopin:



- Holst:




The Imperial March was adopted in the 80's by Georgetown Basketball, and Auburn Football and Basketball still use it during games.The New York Yankees and Cleveland Browns have used it when introducing opposing teams and pop culture has also seen it used by the Simpsons when introducing Mr Burns. There is also a popular EDM version of the song produced by the artist Celldweller. The original piece is in the Key of G minor. 


3.) Final Random Thought:


"you know, sometimes I even amaze myself" - Han Solo


...69,999 more thoughts to go!

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