Top 5 Musicians to See in Concert

Top 5 Musicians to See in Concert

Five of the best concerts that are must sees.
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Growing up, I was in love with music. When I was in sixth grade, my mom, sister, and best friend took me to my first concert ever. I fell in love with the concert environment. I loved seeing my favorite artists live. Here are my top five concerts that I have attended.

1. Carrie Underwood.

My sister bought me tickets for Carrie Underwood to celebrate the beginning of my senior year and being accepted to college. It was honestly the best show I have ever seen. I was lucky enough to attend the 2016 Storyteller Tour. This show consisted of four acts and an encore. Carrie Underwood utilized a round stage, props, and an innumerable amount of costume changes. She incorporated theatrics, as well as very personal anecdotes, giving her fans insight into the kind person she is. I have always been in love with her music since American Idol, and seeing her live is an opportunity that cannot be surpassed by any other performer. I chose Carrie Underwood as my top performer because she is able to combine being a performer and being a person. She can be putting on a killer show, and still show compassion and humility.

2. Taylor Swift.

In terms of performance, Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood are very similar in that they really put on a show. I have seen Taylor Swift live the past three times she came to my local arena, and she never ceases to amaze me. Taylor Swift interacts with the audience and makes each show unique. She also has a habit of bringing on guest performers for a surprise duet. The second year I had the opportunity to see her live she brought on Carly Simon and they both sang “You’re So Vain”. The last time I saw her she brought on MKTO and they sang “Classic”. She is also big on costume changes and big sets. One aspect of her last tour is that she gave her fans. They lit up with the music and literally made the crowd part of the show.

3. Kelly Clarkson.

I saw Kelly Clarkson at a small, Boston venue a few years back. I fell in love with her music because my older sister would play it on blast 24/7. I still listen to her first post-Idol album on a weekly basis. There was not a moment that she did not look as if she was having a great time.

4. Rixton.

I had not heard of this band until I saw them at the Kiss 108 concert a few years back. I really enjoyed their music and ended up winning a contest to meet the band and see their sound check performance. That was the night I fell in love with the group. Each of them were so sweet and genuine, and they were phenomenal live. Unlike many performers, they did not have a big set. It was just them and their music. Most people have only heard “Me and My Broken Heart” on the radio, but they have so many amazing songs.

5. Hunter Hayes.

Hunter Hayes performed at a small local venue on Cape Cod and my best friend and I decided to spontaneously buy tickets. It was the best decision we made. He was beyond amazing live. Each song was full of energy, and everyone was dancing and singing along. He was able to transfer between those high energy numbers to softer songs. When he sang “Invisible”, I had chills. He shared his story with the crowd and always made time to take a selfie with a fan’s phone during the show.
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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.
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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.

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Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.


I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.


I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.


As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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