Hi everyone! It's Jess, aka. AESTIVATE, resident shipper, anime forums troll and occasional serious poster.
aestivation (n.) - a state of hibernation/animal inactivity that is entered in response to high temperatures and arid conditions. it takes place during times of heat and dryness.
I'm 18 years old, will be 19 in December, and during times I'm not aestivating, I attend university as a psychology pre-med major with a focus on child and adolescent mental health.
As you can see from my educational aims, none of these have to do with music... Of which is surprisingly a huge part of my life.
I've been singing since I could talk, even though I've never taken formal lessons. I started to pick up clarinet from the 4th grade on, and learned piano for a brief 1.5 year stint in middle school, before my mother and piano teacher got into a bitch fight over the phone and I was told that I was "never going to see that bitch ever again."
Oh well, all water under the bridge.
What got me into singing/music seriously was my involvement in my high school choir, marching band, symphonic band, and theatre. My high school has a select choir of which I was the choir mistress/secretary... Other music nerd-worthy positions I occupied include drum major, concert mistress, lead clarinetist... etc. Band/choir were havens for me in hs because they were both HUGE and yet all the people were cool, all of my friends were in it, and the teachers were my mentors.
Even in university, music extends through every orifice of my life - it's something I have in common with others, it's a stress-reliever, it's the reason I can focus on studying, it's a white-noise filter...
Music is the median in which I can fully communicate with my peers and the rest of my world. When words fail, music survives. I love music in all forms, shapes and sizes - I listen to everything, seriously. Oldies and goodies, stuff on the radio, stuff not on the radio, some rap, punk rock hands (my all-time favorite band, Something Corporate is a punk band!), legends, classical, choir... Even if I don't know about a specific genre I'll likely find something I like about it, provided there are lyrics/melodies/harmonies that can sweep me away. My relationship with music is not just intimate, but empathetic. That said I'm also partial to music I can sing along to. x]
I love the idea of Bulbagarden Idol, because everyone is a) super-duper talented~ and because b) I love that so many people are willing to share their passions and talent. I signed up because I think it'd really be quite fun :3