A Rad Place: Reflecting on a Semester in Nashville by Chelsea King
Editors’s Note: The following article is by Chelsea King, a Northwest Christian University alum and music student. Here, King reflects on her off-campus study experience last semester at the Contemporary Music Center in Nashville, Tennessee.
Contemporary Music Center (CMC) is a rad place. Though I was only there for three months, it made an impact on me that will last a lifetime. It seems pretty impossible to try to write an article short enough that people will be interested in reading, and that will also fully capture the experience, but I’m gonna do my best to cover all the important stuff.
I was part of Semester 31 at CMC. There were only 27 of us, in 3 tracks: 8 Artists (all female), 9 Business, and 10 Tech. I was in the artist track and got to write a song every week and then
perform it with a full band. We worked with some of the most incredible teachers, who have had impressive careers as musicians, sound engineers, band mangers, etc. The best part about the semester was that I didn’t have to write a single paper while I was there. It was pretty awesome.
Now I’m gonna hit you with some of the hi-lites:
- Traveled to the Smokey
- Was in Tessa Violet’s music video “Not Over You” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dg4setI1nMk).
- Won a Halloween Costume Contest as Eleven from Stranger Things.
- Helped with a Cage the Elephant music video.
- Saw one of my favorite bands, The Oh Hellos, at The Cannery Ballroom
- Had Friendsgiving and many other gatherings late at night in apartment 504.
- Made my own music video for my original song (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2Kg5dFEhys).
- Recorded several original songs.
- Sat next to celebrities at The Dove Awards.
- Surprisingly never tripped on the spiral staircase.
- Watched a lot of New Girl and The Office.
- Had a professional photo shoot with makeup done.
- Started my own artist Instagram account, YouTube channel and Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/cecekingmusic/).
- Went on a week long tour with The Madison Letter (see the tour recap video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_g_-HFI23Qg).
- Sang the opening and closing songs on said tour, played organ and accordion, and sang background vocals for some of the other artists.
- Made some of the best friends ever! Overall, this was one of the greatest experiences of my life and I am so grateful for all of it.