Journalist of the Week: Ian Colley
What would Campus Vinyl do with out Ian Colley!? Besides working as our copy editor, Ian is a graduate student in the Psychology Department focusing on music cognition. He graduated from Allegheny College in 2013 with a Bachelors in both psychology and music, plus two theses on neuroanatomical underpinnings of autism and Beethoven’s 9th symphony. Because of his incredible wealth of knowledge and exceptional writing skills, we are lucky to have Ian Colley on CVBU team. To recognize him for all of his hard work for the publication, we named him Journalist of the week. Check out my interview with him and his playlist of the moment below! If your life had a soundtrack and you could only pick two musicians/bands to play every track, who would they be and why?
The first one would have to be Beethoven. Does that count? It must. I was a Music major in my undergrad and my senior thesis was all about his symphonies. His music really resonates with me and he is very much my hero. I also love playing his music. Beethoven was perfectly split between the excess of Romanticism and the repetitiveness of Classicism (I'm generalizing, of course both eras had their great composers, too). But yes, I am obsessed with Beethoven and could see myself going through life with his angst-ridden sonatas following me.
For something contemporary I wold pick Regina Spektor. I think she is really talented as a singer/song writer and her piano playing is interesting on its own. She tells really charming and thought-provoking stories. Other singers do this too of course, but not with the quirkiness and weird vocal hiccups that she does. While my peers were getting into emo/pop/punk in high school, I was listening to Regina and have followed her since. I think everyone should hear an early album of hers called 11:11. She really shows off her vocal abilities with a bluesy flavor. The lyrics are often bizarre, but that's half the appeal for me!