Occupation: Student- Junior
Hometown: Gaithersburg, MD
What is your favorite form of artistic expression?
My favorite form of artistic expression is music. I am a singer!!!! I sing just about every genre except for country and electronic. Music education is my major here at University of Maryland. My mother says I have been singing since before I could talk. There are many picture of me as a baby holding a mic and singing in my diapers. I loved everything about singing, just because it is an art form that involves the whole body. Although music is something we listen to, it is also something we watch and feel. Going to a concert we don’t want to just hear great music we want to see the artist having fun expressing every word of every song. So I guess I am in love with performing as well as music.
One of the best things about singing is that I can do it wherever I am because I carry my instrument with me. I am my instrument. The frustrating thing about that is if I am sick I cannot actually sing because my body is too weak to even begin to think about singing. Also, when I am learning a classical piece sometimes it is frustrating because I have to actually spend time learning the notes and rhythms to even begin making music. On the other hand it is a way to perfect the craft of music reading. A way for me to work on perfecting my ear is to listen to music of the Gospel or R&B genre and break apart harmonies. I love breaking harmonies and hearing them together it is one of the most satisfying feelings ever.
What inspires you when it comes to your art?
I feel inspired knowing that someone can be feeling down and they can listen to me sing and that immediately turns their mood around. The power of music is often overlooked. Music is a powerful experience for the performer and the audience. The thoughts that race through the mind during a performance cannot be explained. The emotion that the audience and performer feel cannot be explained. It is an extremely intimate experience but one that can impact life forever. It sounds cheesy I know but there is no other way to describe it.
What do you hope to do with your art in the future?
My plan is to become a music educator. I want to have some sort of impact on students lives. People say it all the time, “Children are the future!” It is a true statement and it actually inspires me. I believe that if the next generations could be inspired the way I was in elementary school then they have a chance to do something greater than the generation before.
Want to hear Lynique sing? Check out her youtube page!