One, Two, Simply Three with Glen McDaniel
By Madison Kobe ’18
One of the largest benefits of attending Carthage is the many events the college puts on each year. Students get two free tickets to each theatre, dance, and music theatre production so students are able to see shows twice; Carthage also provides many opportunities for students to attend performances by various well-known artists free of charge. Some of the past artists that have visited Carthage include Moira Simley & VOCO, Goran Ivanovic Trio, Axiom Brass, Third Coast Percussion, Roomful of Teeth, and many more. On Thursday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. the group Simply Three will be performing in the A. F. Siebert Chapel. I was able to talk to one of the musicians, Glen McDaniel, and ask him questions about their upcoming performance.
When did you first become involved in music?
I was just shy of my 8th birthday when I was introduced to the violin.
Have you always wanted to be a traveling performer?
For a while I actually debated a lot about whether I wanted to be an educator or a performer. I really do enjoy all the aspects of being a traveling performer, though. It’s been a great blessing full of tons of unique experiences.
Did anyone in particular encourage you in your decision to pursue music?
My parents were actually a huge encouragement but not in a direct sense. By that I mean they didn’t encourage me to pursue music specifically but rather to focus on what I felt would bring me long-term happiness in life. It just happens that music was the answer to that question.
What has been a highlight of your career as a musician?
There are definitely a handful of top contenders, but I would have to say that selling out your first large venue is something no musician ever forgets.
What has been a challenge you have faced during your career?
Patience with how things are progressing in your career as well as your own artistic capability is a big challenge.
Why do you think it is important that the arts remain an important part of education and continue to be shared with people?
The arts are vital to everyday life. Imagine not using any kind of art for one day or even a few hours. Not listening to the radio and singing along to your favorite tune. No admiration of a beautiful painting or emotional response to something you’ve read, and no playing any instrument. I honestly feel like people would lose a piece of their mind, and, to me, that speaks volumes about the necessity of the arts on a very basic human level. Art is universal, and the more we educate one another about it, the more we will grow to understand how big of a role it plays in everyday life.
How do you find a balance between your life on stage and your personal life?
As a musician, life can be very (for lack of a better word) noisy. Finding those small things that bring a sense of calm and tranquility back to your mind is what I find the best way to balance out the two worlds.
What advice would you offer someone considering a career as a musician?
Work relentlessly on your craft while being open to all genres and letting them influence you in becoming the best and most unique version of your musical self as possible.