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2020 Vision

by Cristina Filipescu

I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions. Mostly because they put an unnecessary pressure on becoming this “new person”, doing all of these “new things” which is why a lot of people fall off the wagon in the first place. I am constantly striving to be a better person and I strongly believe self improving is an outgoing project. As a matter of fact, our biggest project is ourselves. Goals are better. And this is what I’m going to talk about: small goals I’ve set up over the years.

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Finding Rodriguez

Most of you don’t know this but Jeff Bergau, founder of Altered Stage and a dear friend of mine, is the reason why I started playing the bass. He is so passionate when he talks about music, not to mention he is also an incredible bass player. “Why don’t you take a lesson?” – he asked me when I said I don’t play an instrument. Now I steal songs from him when we play at Reggies. 🙂

In one of our recent conversations about music an artist came up: Rodriguez. I had no idea who he was, had not heard any of his songs until Jeff said to me: “Check out this documentary – Searching for Sugar Man – it’s one of the craziest, most inspirational things I’ve ever watched”.

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Nothing Else Matters

Growing up in the 90’s was tough. If you weren’t playing Super Mario, listening to Spice Girls or watching actual music videos on MTV – you were doing it wrong. And mix tapes…do you even have any idea how long a mix tape took to make?!?

The 90’s were also colorful and awesome. Especially, when it came to music.

I consider myself lucky to have been exposed to different music genres in high school. From Metallica and Nirvana, Beastie Boys and The Smashing Pumpkins, TLC and Dr. Dre, to Celine Dion and Lara Fabian.

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