by Danny Foner
Last year we celebrated the THANKS Giving, a month of saying thanks to just a small number of the people who have gotten us to where we are today. At the time, our then new intern Danny wrote an article that, with the insanity of the ending of the year, is just now seeing the light of day. (Sorry, Danny!) So, as we head into 2014, here are Danny's thoughts on thanks, music and collaboration. -Nicolep.s. Congratulations, Danny, on getting into Emerson! I'm glad you'll still be in the area next year!
As this month of THANKS Giving winds to a close, I’d like to take a moment to express my own gratitude for how Monkeyhouse has impacted me. Namely, I’d like to give thanks for my experiences as a co-leader of Natick High School’s a capella group, Seven’s Not Enough, and our collaboration with Monkeyhouse’s own Nicole Harris. We’ve had the opportunity to work with her on two separate projects, each of which have expanded my appreciation for the powerful relationship between music and dance.
Seven’s Not Enough’s connection to Monkeyhouse began around two years ago, in my sophomore year. I was a part of the fall show at Natick High School, which was to be a musical revue, celebrating the 50-year history of the old Natick High stage. Nicole asked me to arrange an a capella version of “Winter’s on the Wing,” a song from The Secret Garden, which would be set to body percussion. The finished product was an absolute joy to perform. The pure, acoustic nature of a capella combined with body percussion perfectly matched the theme of the song, winter thawing into spring. That experience was one of the most profound moments I’ve had on the Natick High School stage, and for that, I can’t thank Nicole and Monkeyhouse enough.
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