On Easter morning I finally bit my lip and uploaded my first music video. It was a challenge due to my negative self image, but it was time to let it be seen.
I am not a pop star. I am a regular guy. A dad, with a “dad bod” and limited formal acting experience. All that said, I am very proud of this video and thankful to have it. Day of Our Reunion is a very special song for me, and I was anxious about getting it right.
Hi! I’m Taylor, and I’m a senior(ish) music business major at Murray State. I grew up right outside of Bowling Green, so getting the opportunity to be part of a local, independent team who just loves music for the sake of music in a place that I consider home is such an awesome experience.
For three years, between WKU and Murray State, I was studying to be a music teacher because, like many of my friends from high school, I loved music and it gave me a place to belong, but I didn’t really know there were any other options. It takes such a special person to be a music educator, and at the end of every semester, I was less and less sure that I was cut from that cloth, so after spending a year at Murray State, I started looking into the music business program here. After a solid heart-to-heart with our program coordinator, Karen Kane, I knew this was the track I needed to be on.
When I started digging for internships over the summer, I knew that I wanted to work with a small, indie group, rather than being a workhorse for a massive corporation. In my opinion, independent music is such a cornerstone of a community and adds so much depth and value, so I wanted to be part of that and help those musicians thrive and grow while they did the same for me. Local music scenes are amazing in that they tend to be such tight knit but also welcoming factions within their respective cities while also being diverse and full of character. At the end of the day, I wanted to work closely with a crew who were proud of their work and passionate about what they do, and I’m confident that I’ve found that in Bad Apple.
Two summers ago, my husband took me to Chicago to make one of my dreams come true: seeing U2 in concert. On the way, and especially the minutes leading up to the show starting, I began to have little pricks of worry. What if I am disappointed? What if I have looked forward to this for twenty-eight years and it’s not as great as I think it is? Will this drive/ticket price/two nights in a hotel be ‘worth it’? And then, as I was caught up in the religious experience that a U2 concert is, all of my fears were dashed away and drowned out by the singing.
I feel similarly regarding this album that we are working on. This is a dream in my heart that began twenty years ago. Many times during those years, this dream nearly died. I tried to make it happen on four separate occasions and the project was shelved due to lack of finances, time, moving, and unreliable people. Then, after a wilderness period that nearly killed me, I found myself in Bowling Green talking to Brandon one day about writing music, playing music, really about loving music.
Now, as I am recording and planning arrangements, music videos, cover art and launch parties, I am having similar pricks of worry mixed with elation. Will this be as great as I think it can be? Will this be worth all of the time and heart and effort and tears that went into writing these songs over the past twenty years? My great hope is that the answer will be drowned out by all the singing.
Stay Tuned for Bethany Pedigo’s Debut LP Early 2018
Today is a big day for many of us across the United States, as we’ll be witnessing the rare event of a total solar eclipse. Some of us will see totality for a matter of minutes, and others for mere seconds. It’s hard not think on the passage of time and look back on all the unique events of one’s life. We hope everyone is able to do so with fond memories and hopes for a bright future.
For some of us, it’s also a good day to jam to Stellar Kin’s 2004 cover of “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler and appreciate our days in the thriving and caring music scene of the early 2000’s. If you missed out on that, pump up the volume on the video below and consider grabbing We Need to Know on iTunes for more. A lot has changed since then, but as music audiences have declined our family of artists continues to grow. Maybe hearing this will rekindle some old memories and encourage you to reconnect?
Welcome to our official online listening party for “Challenge the League” by Re-Education Camp!
We will be live with Jon and Zack from Re-Education Camp in the comment thread from 8 PM until at least 9 PM (Central Standard Time). Listen to the LP straight through using the YouTube playlist here, and chime in with your thoughts and questions in the comments section below. Ask about the production or behind the scene elements, influences, songwriting, your favorite track, or anything you want to talk about. We’ll try and stay live until every question is answered.
If you’d like to support the guys, consider purchasing a copy of Challenge the League or their debut LP, PsyOp’s Boombox. You can get both, and our entire catalog, by supporting us on Patreon for only $3 per month (no obligation, cancel anytime).
Update: If you missed it live, still give it a listen and leave your comment. We’ll reply as quickly as we’re able. Enjoy!
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