A couple weeks after returning from my trip to the Broadmoor I started to prepare for my audition to the Berklee College of Music. DOC (Annette), Stephanie (you know, the Connect Us Executive Director), and I spent several weekends preparing for the interview questions. As it turns out, most of the questions I prepared for were not exactly what the interviewer asked me.
I spent several weeks practicing my piano pieces and when it was all said and done I felt very prepared for my audition. The day finally came! I was traveling to LA where the auditions were being held. Mom dropped me off at DOC’s house and I hugged her goodbye. DOC and I then walked her dogs for a bit. After that, we grabbed our trunks (suitcases) and put them in the trunk of her car. In the car she had a camera connected to the front windshield in order to record our conversation during our drive to the airport. We talked about the trip, my recital, and how I can become more acquainted with girls.
As we drove to the airport, we passed a blue statue of a mustang (some people think that is what it is, but it is really a ‘bronco’) whose red devil-like beams shoot out of his eyes. This made me think that a stallion would be perfect fit for a horror James Patterson style novel.
Sorry I got sidetracked, now back to the trip, we pulled into the parking garage, checked ourselves in, etc. and just so you know, all this time I had been documenting in my journal the status of this trip from beginning end.When we landed in Burbank Jim was there waiting for us. Jim is the cameraman for DOC. He is the one that films documentaries for Breakthrough Interventions and he is one of my buddies. As soon as we got our trunks we hit the road in search for an In-n-Out Burger. In-n-Out is one of the top rated fast food chains in California and has the best burgers ever!!!! Later that day we visited my brother, his wife, and my nephew. We all went out to eat at a Mexican restaurant called La Choza. His wife had a beautiful smile throughout the visit. When we dropped them off I hugged them goodbye and they wished me luck on my audition. It was great seeing them!
The following two days of the trip were… well… not really turning out to be as I thought. I sometimes treated people with disrespect, but you know there are times I have to get things off of my back and then I can move forward with life. With that being said, I started to feel like The King’s Speech, meaning I started to feel nervous about the audition.
The day of the audition I knew I was prepared for it. When my name was called I entered a room to practice my audition song called the Granada by Ernesto Lecuona (a contemporary Cuban composer). After that I entered another room where I had to immediately perform what I had been practicing. I played my song and it kind of sounded better than when I played it at my December recital. Next, the judge gave me a melodic test. This is where the judge sang a few notes and I played them back on the piano. Last, I was given a rhythmic test where the judge clapped a beat and I clapped it back. After my musical audition I was interviewed.
When the interview was over, I gave the interviewer my first album entitled Ben-evolent so he could deliver it to the admissions staff. I was a little obsessive because I wanted the CD back after he listened to it but sadly it had to go away. DOC and Jim explained to me why they needed to keep it but I was still sad about it. As we drove back to DOC’S friend’s house owned by Donovan and Michelle (who we spent two nights with) I was excited about the Oscar’s party we were having. My biggest surprise of the night was when “Argo” won Best Picture because I just don’t understand why people would like it so much.
Now, I await for my letter from Berklee that will come in April. I am keeping my fingers crossed as a sign of hope, not the kind of sign where you say “Crossies! It doesn’t count!” If I get accepted into Berklee, it will be just as amazing as I had ever dreamed!