When I moved down to Nashville in January to be apart of semester 32 of the Contemporary Music Center I had no idea what to expect. I thought I might not fit in or my timidness would get the best of me and I wouldn’t be able to make friends. I thought that this could be an incredibly learning experience in a way that I’ve never experienced, and it definitely has, but not in the way I thought.
I have loved every single moment being apart of this program. I walked in thinking it was gonna be more like a summer camp for music. By that I mean I thought it would be just a stroll in the park and a relaxed learning experience. I couldn’t have been more wrong and I couldn’t be more happy about that.
I have grown so much throughout these three short months — it’s incredible. I look back on who I was before and I hardly even recognize him. My musical abilities have been pushed past the point that I thought they could go, but I always want to be continuing to grow. I have gained friendships that I truly hope last for the rest of my life and I won’t ever take for granted the fact that this place has given me that.
One of my favorite things about being here has been just the experience to collaborate with like-minded people that all have the same goal: to write great songs and to put on a great show which is a an awesome thing to be apart of. To say that this has been a learning experience would be an incredible understatement.
Being at CMC has taught me a lot about who I am as a musician, an artist, and even as a friend. I love being pushed as an artist even if it’s not where I want to go with my career, but the friendships that have been made are one of the most incredible and important things that I’m going to take away from being here. I’m a very sarcastic person naturally and I feel right at home with most of these people who can dish it just as much as I can, and I love that!
As the end of this semester starts to feel more and more real, I try to hang on to every ounce of adrenaline from playing my own music in front of people who genuinely enjoy listening, and every late night losing sleep tracking in the studio, and, of course, every stupid comment that I make to friends who thankfully don’t take any of my jokes too seriously.
– Brian Thompson
Photography: Ashley Mae Wright