"I fell in love with discovery early in my college career - listening to experimental music in the dorm room, dancing in classes I should have been singing in, making daring plans to make something really new, no really, something entirely new with my friends. This has held with me, even as I’ve moved to Chicago, a city that can feel sometimes almost unfathomably gigantic and alienating.
It is still these moments of discovery that I seek out. A bit of history about my
neighborhood. A magical moment in rehearsal. The experience of performing my music for strangers. And, weirdly enough, now that I’m outside of college, I feel like there are more chances to collaborate and create with strangers whose focus is far away from my own. It is scary to say “I don’t know what you are doing, can we work together?” I’m not afraid of these conversations, though, because of all the chances I had while in school.
Life in Chicago has been exciting and overwhelming and surprising.
I’ve learned that 5AM is very early and requires being asleep.
I’ve learned that people can be extremely rude but also extremely kind.
I’ve learned that cities are the same as towns are the same as farms, except for the amount of sales tax.
Maybe the most exciting thing about being here in a new city is the feeling of walking into an auditorium, an independent bookstore, a stranger’s house, and not knowing anything about what is going to happen. It’s a breathtaking moment.“
- Corey Smith