Sing Your Own Song
By the time most people get to college, they have already created an identity for themselves, while others may be coming into their own in real depth for the first time. For many, music is something that allows them to connect with others, to form tight bonds that strengthen friendships and relationships alike.
Music facilitates answering a deep question: Who am I?
For those who don’t know who I am, my name is Luke Zlockie. Who am I? I am many things: aspiring restaurateur, shy, awkward, nerd, geek, scrawny kid from Western New York, and a purveyor of all sorts of music.
To keep in line with my point, music has had a great influence on my life. For example, having an interest in music allowed me to have my very own 15 minutes of fame - twice! I was able to perform in both a talent competition and a “Club Jazz” performance at my high school during my senior year with a few of my more musically gifted friends. (For those with a curiosity, the videos are surely out there if you’d like to watch the performance. Not to toot my own horn, but we rocked it.)
Those who saw the performance were in awe; they had no idea that I had this side to me. As I mentioned earlier, I tend to skew toward the timider and shier end of the scale, but my interest in music led me to try something new and step outside of my comfort zone, and honestly it was one of the best experiences I have ever had in my life, which leads to my current position.
I transferred to Niagara University this past fall after going to a small business college over in Jamestown, N.Y. The new changes I would have to make in order to adjust to my new surroundings seemed enormous as the move-in date crept nearer, as I only knew of one other person who was also going to be attending the university that same term.
Regardless, I made the move, headphones in tow. During the hustle and bustle of the first few weeks, as I began to adjust, the advertisements for various clubs appeared. That was when WNIA first came to my attention. I had always had this secret curiosity for what it would be like to be a DJ, to play the music that me and my friends would want to hear.
So, I attended the meeting, signed up, and got my airtime. I poured over my playlist for the first show and before I knew it, I was in front of a microphone in the studio and on the air. I cannot explain the rush that I got after I signed off the air. I felt as though I had fulfilled a lifelong dream, and I get to do that each week. And thus, "LZ's Time Machine" was born.
Each Monday, I try to keep it mixed up by changing the “theme” of the show so that I can keep a good rotation of music. My mission is to show how songs and musical stylings can be paired up. In the spirit of simile and metaphor, I suppose I’m trying to show how music can connect us all, too.
I believe that music gives everyone an identity; music interconnects and intertwines us all into a stringy mess in which we find new people. And by being in this club, I have met new people and have had new experiences, something that I am grateful for.
Each song has a story inside of it, and inside of us there lies one, too. Try and read other peoples’ stories, you just might like what you find. So if you see someone with headphones in, imagine what they're listening to. Maybe you could form a friendship based off that, and combine your songs into a great soundtrack.