December 13, 2010
The 11 stories this week are written by students with the Halifax Community Learning Network (www.hcln.ca). HCLN is part of the Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning and offers programs at the Captain William Spry, Halifax North, Keshen Goodman, and Spring Garden Road branches of the Halifax Public Libraries.
The story below was written by Dustin Cole, from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Dustin is enrolled in literacy classes at the Halifax Community Learning Network (HCLN).
My name is Dustin; I’m a student at H.C.L.N. I was at “New Beginnings Dartmouth” and I saw a pamphlet about a place called “The Spot”. I read it and it said that it was a music program for anyone ages eighteen through thirty. It is every Thursday at 5:30 P.M. at “Connections Clubhouse”, in Halifax. I was interested because of the picture of headphones on the front of the pamphlet, which meant to me it was about music, compilation and re-mixing. I love music and I’m fascinated with the process of making music.
My interest in music led me to going to Halifax into the “Connections Clubhouse”. When I started going there I was a little nervous with the different buses in Halifax and connecting to them on time. When I got there I asked around of how to get to” The Spot”. When I got there I met some people Who I didn’t know, but got to know quite well. Also I met some people I already knew. We listened to some people playing some music then I played a wooden percussion instrument we the listeners were told to try to play together and not to overpower each other.
The second time I went to “The Spot” there were some new people. The whole group went to the recording studio. We listened to two music tracks and there was only one artist I hadn’t heard of. As we listened to the music we made notes on what we thought about the music as it played. After we finished listening to the music we separated into three groups such as: vocals, recording, and a jamming session. I went to the jamming session and I had fun. I got to play the conga drum, but I wasn’t keeping good time. I enjoyed the recording studio.
I think I will go back if there’s another whole session, I want to go back to learn and interact with my peers.
When I was there I loved to be around other people with illness’s, and learning from them. I would recommend “The Spot” to anyone who plays an instrument, interested in music or in the technology of music.