I went to another Newspaper convention Thursday-Saturday. This one wasn’t as good, except it was hosted by the CSPA so it was at an ivy league school.
I wish I hadn’t fallen in love with the school because you never hear about someone transferring from a community college to an ivy league.
As juniors, Andrew Walden and Kevin Schofield were just two fools roaming the halls singing because they could. In August 2011, only two months later, they were sitting in a school recording booth with music teacher Craig Tambascio, trying to make a finished product out of their roaming. As time continues, the two have begun collaborating with other musicians, come up with a clever name, and even landed shows at some local venues.
Kevin Schofield (lead vocals, guitar) and Andrew Walden (lead guitar, background vocals) became friends their freshman year and soon realized they were practically musical soul mates. Walden could play the guitar like a mad man and Schofield had a voice that could impress listeners of any age. At first, the two were playing just to jam and just because they could, but eventually they decided to cover songs and even write their own music.
At this point, they made the decision to call themselves Anderson, after their junior year history teacher, Traci Anderson. Schofield said, “It’s like a ‘had to be there’ kind of thing.”
The very first song the two recorded together was “Wagon Wheel,” originally done by Old Crow Medicine Show. This song was recorded at home on Walden’s iPhone along with Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” and “Someone Like You” featuring senior Paige Miller. The two wanted higher quality recordings and asked Craig Tambascio for his help in the recording process. Anderson recorded three songs with Tambascio, including “West Coastin,’” which featured up-and-coming rapper senior Tray Jackson.
Towards the end of 2011, Schofield was at Broadneck band Stiletto’s show at the Whiskey and Austin Brown of Stiletto introduced Schofield to the promoter, Danny Mays, and “it just went from there,” Schofield said. Mays offered the two a show at the Whiskey on Jan. 8 as a part of the Rock of all Ages concert series and the preparations began.
Walden said, “We then practiced every day and wrote two original songs for the show.” They even had a guest appearance from Paige Miller at the show singing with them on their cover of Adele’s song “Someone Like You,” which they had recorded in late 2011. Walden continued, saying, “The show went really well—we sold all of our tickets plus 35 more at the door. I was nervous for the first show, but once I saw that everyone was having a good time, it was easier to relax.”
Mays said, “I was happy to welcome Anderson back. Not only did they draw a good crowd, but I really enjoyed them. Considering it was their first time on stage together, I was very impressed with their confidence and the tightness of their performance.”
The boys will be back at the Whiskey March 18 with Stiletto, Floozie, and Medora, with all proceeds from the event being donated to Invisible Children and the Olivia Constants Foundation. Mays has an extra special treat in store for the night, signed memorabilia from Mac Miller. Olivia Constants was an avid Mac Miller fan and after her passing in June he tweeted: “my thoughts and prayers go out to people close to @oconstants rest in peace. Thank u for being a fan. July 24th is 4 u. Wish u could b there.” Mac Miller then dedicated a song to Constants in September, so keeping the spirit of Mac and Olivia alive, Mays pulled a few strings to get the memorabilia.
He said, “My best friend is Mac’s stage manager, and I talked to him about donating for the show on the 18, since it will partially benefit the Olivia Constants Foundation. Mac is a great guy and was very quick to offer his assistance.”
My journalism adviser recommended I compete to become journalist of the year, so I’m currently putting together my portfolio. This is so much hard work and so intimidating.
Plus, to make matters worse, I don’t have any confidence in more than two or three of my articles. dk dskj ddkjjbj this is so hard!
First I have to make it through the state round, then it will go to a national level.
AHHHH Wish me luck!! :]
Finally broke down and went to my counselor to drop newspaper.
The worst part is, I don’t even care.
Oh and my spies are back. Everyone in newspaper knows I’ve been posting about it online, I got a call about it over the weekend.
I don’t really care that much anymore, but I think it’s a bit ridiculous.
Tell them I say hello!
Newspaper was the last good thing left for me in high school, and now it’s just over. Newspaper is within the top three most miserable parts of my week. Everything I do relates back to newspaper in some way or another. Even this stupid blog post is connected to newspaper - I’ve checked it 5,000,000 times to make sure it’s perfect. But some people just don’t have boundaries. I lost my two best friends over newspaper, and I honestly don’t even have it in me to fight for them back. I was told that it would be best if I stopped writing all together. I’ll probably get some sort of position back, but honestly, I’ve lost interest.
I just really wish this hadn’t gotten to this point. It’s unforgivable for everybody. I still respect all of the staff, because the deserve it. You don’t get what you don’t give. But I can pick and choose exactly who burnt which bridges, and it completely baffles me that they never realized this to begin with.