• Ben Bernstein: My Love For Music

    Ben Bernstein: Self Portrait With Guitar

    Ben Bernstein: Self Portrait With Guitar

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    Posted on May 2, 2013 by Ben Bernstein

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    ……….One of my earliest and fondest memories related to music dates back to when I was around three – my father and I would sit on the living room floor and work our way through his reggae LPs. Without a doubt, my life would not be the same without music. It pervades many of my actions and has shaped my experience here at Penn. For me, walking to class is an opportunity to listen to a new artist or song; hanging out with friends requires catching up on what we’ve all been listening to; my nights all too often end with me playing guitar or singing in the makeshift practice room in my fraternity’s basement. For my individual project, I sought to photograph the people, places, and things that best define my relationship with music.

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    Photo: Ben Bernstein

    Photo: Ben Bernstein

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    For most of humankind’s history, we could only interact with music in the form of actual instruments, played live. My instruments are my ability to produce sound and allow the notes in my head to become reality. While my guitars get the most use, percussive instruments also allow me to play music with others – even those who lack formal training in a particular instrument.

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    Photo: Ben Bernstein

    Photo: Ben Bernstein

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    One of my favorite places to be is the band room in my fraternity’s basement. It has served as a practice space for many of UPenn’s best-known bands, but more importantly it is the place where I while away countless hours making the walls vibrate with my electric guitar.

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    Photo: Ben Bernstein

    Photo: Ben Bernstein

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    I love my friends, especially when we play music together. We converse in the notes, allowing our respective instruments to do the talking. Yet as this picture shows, we first and foremost have fun. When we are in the basement, goofiness abounds. It is a comfortable space where we can try new things, make mistakes, and just be ourselves.

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    Photo: Ben Bernstein

    Photo: Ben Bernstein

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    About The Author: Ben Bernstein is a senior enrolled in the College at the University of Pennsylvania, with a Minor in Chinese. Class of 2013


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