This week for The Student Sessions, I sat down with the hilarious and wonderful 7 year old Rosa. She was kind enough to give me some of her thoughts on music, BMF, and her favorite things. And as I quickly learned, playing quietly is not one of them!
Peira: Thank you for being part of the Student Sessions Rosa! What Brooklyn Music Factory band are you in and who are your teachers?
Rosa: Jam Band 101, Kelly and Maddy
P: Does your band have a name?
R: Yes – The Bagels.
P: Why did you name yourselves The Bagels?
R: That day I was writing on the board what our band name was, and I wanted it to be The Bangles but I actually wrote The Bagels and then everyone kept thinking we were The Bagels. So then I was like okay, we’re The Bagels! But it’s kinda catchy!
P: So it was a perfect mistake.
P: Have you had any musical mistakes that have happened in class that turned out to be good mistakes?
R: One good mistake was, by accident I sang one verse from the end to the top while everyone was singing from the top to the end but it actually sounded good!
P: What is about music that gets you excited?
R: Dancing and the big words you get to scream out.
P: What about playing music gets you excited?
R: When I play the drums, making it really loud!
P: You play a lot of games in the BMF classroom. Do you have a favorite and how do you play it?
R: Crazy bongos! Somebody gets the bongos and they sit in the middle and everyone else does one pattern while the crazy bongos go crazy!
P: When you are playing music do you feel like you are playing more from your head or your heart?
R: Heart. Definitely heart. And sort of head. Because I’m always thinking how to get really loud! And in my heart I have a little section that has being loud. When ever I know that something is going to happen instead of feeling it in my head I feel it in my belly.
P: What do you feel when you bring loud?
R: I feel happy and excited but I don’t want to be a rock star.
P: When you imagine playing music as a grown up what do you imagine?
R: I imagine myself playing on Christmas, all of these non-Christmasy songs and being very loud and making everyone go crazy!
P: Are there ever times you like to make music by yourself?
R: At night I like to pretend I’m singing opera. And sometimes in the morning I sing by the mirror when I’m brushing my teeth.
P: Is there something special you can share with me about your teachers?
R: They are the queens of forgetting stage names! (I laugh)
P: Can you say your stage name?
R: Singing it raisin. [The Bagels version of Cinnamon Raisin]
P: Can you tell me your favorite thing about being at BMF?
R: I had never been in an actual real band! An actual band. At home we just use my little brothers marching band pretend instruments that have bugs in them – all this baby stuff!
P: Is there anything else special you would like to tell me about your experience at BMF?
R: I really like our song Walk Like an Egyptian. I learned so many different songs. When I heard Walk Like an Egyptian I predicted the whole second verse! I felt like I knew what the words were going to be . And there’s one special part – I get to be loud!!
P: And that concludes our interview! Thanks Rosa!