By Maddy Siiter
Graduating high school has always been equated with saying goodbye, moving on and out and changing. Spring air. Caps and gowns. The writing of speeches on shared childhoods and the looming, separated futures. It never felt bittersweet to me. Even now, I listen to some of my classmates lament over the coming months and find difficulty in coming up with a relatable response. I dreamt of these moments, and the one moment — leaving — since freshman year.
What I didn’t know at 14, is that because of Garage Music News and Homegrown Music Festival, I would find a niche, make the best friends, write about music and find my place that would be so hard to leave come my final spring.
That’s the bittersweet taste: I have my last Garage Music News meeting ever, I graduate high school, say goodbye to a very close friend and attend my last Homegrown Music Festival steering committee meeting the day after. All the goodbyes in a matter of three days. Predictably, one exciting and the other three difficult hard to take. All necessary in terms of logistics and self-growth.
I want to thank the staff at Garage Music News for having so much passion for all-ages music and allowing young people to have their voice heard on such a platform. Thank you to The Garage for having a space to keep that accessibility and community alive. Our director Logan Adams, for all the work you do for this blog and giving me the direction I needed in each piece I wrote. Sararosa Davies and Lizzie Savage for being our fearless leaders/managing editors during my time on staff. I love you both and I can’t wait to see the things you accomplish with your talent. Sarah Bel, I’m so glad I know you. You are the funniest person I know and manage to show your personality and humor in everything you write. GMN would not be the same without you and I know you’re going to kick butt as managing editor the coming semester. Keaton, your Bandcamp Camp piece (among literally every other one) forever. You are an exceptionally talented writer and again, I can’t wait to see what you accomplish when you’re off at college come the fall.
To current and future staff [WARNING, CHEESY CLICHE WORDS AHEAD], soak it in and do all you can. Keep writing about the things you love and the things you hate. Push more all-ages shows, talk about your opinions and make yourself be heard. You’re given an incredible place to be bold.