The Mighty Zorvig

… a little fish in a big pond.



Ben Sollee

On Friday, October 7th, some friends and I  attended an Elephant Revival/Ben Sollee concert.

Although both groups ended up being pretty amazing, I originally went to go see Ben Sollee play.

The above is a (cellphone quality) video of Ben Sollee talking/playing. I’m pretty sure that is the same first noise that I heard on a cello. Haha.

Fun times…

Bonus: Here’s some pictures of Sparrow, Nate, and I (and Kirsten, my roommate, hiding in the first one) trick-or-treating in the residence halls.


I keep completely forgetting to post. Between school and life… I’ve been non-stop running. I’m ready for the semester to wrap itself up.





The Wounded Gazelle

I’ve enjoyed this video quite a bit over the years. The guy seems quite stressed over this song. While I agree that the cello part is quite… boring… I feel I haven’t played this song enough to have it follow me around.

My favorite line from this is…

“… I started on a cello. Yeah, cello is a wonderful, beautiful instrument… it’s cool to be an adult that plays the cello… playing the cello as a kid sucked. Cause there’s no way to be cool when your instrument is larger than you. When you walk to school with a cello, you are like a wounded gazelle on the Serengeti…”

The other day, an old friend asked what lead me to the cello.

One of the first times I saw/ heard the cello, that I remember, was in 4th or 5th grade. The high school had come to play for us. The orchestra members slowly went through the different instruments… violin… viola… CELLO… bass… trying to teach us the differences. When they got to cello, the conductor invited one of the students up to learn a song. It was Jaws. It’s an easy song to play on cello… a fun song.

The next time I really remember encountering a cello was when I attended a band meeting at the end of 5th grade… to sign up to play flute in 6th grade. After the meeting, I walked by the orchestra classroom and heard the conductor (same one from the story above) showing off a cello to a student. I walked in… saw this wooden instrument (full size cello) that was probably too big for me to carry at the time and my eyes being bigger than my… body… I was like “I want that one.”

So there I was… a “wounded gazelle” with a 1/2 size cello that was still much bigger than my body. I was COOL. SO COOL. Now I see 1/2 size cellos and all I can think is “awww! It is so little!”

I remember our first concert in 6th grade. We were at the high school for this concert… the high schoolers were helping tune instruments. This being the first concert I’d been a part of, I didn’t know where to go or what to do. So, when some high school violin players offered to tune my little cello, I happily agreed. My A string ended up snapping and with my cello being so much smaller than the ones at the high school, there were no replacement strings. Oops. My conductor ended up tying my string back together and pretty much telling me to air bow on it. Now I can’t help but laugh… it happens but at the time, what a disaster. THE WORST. Haha.

As I went on with the cello, it became a part of me. I’m Zoë and I play the cello. I use to play the cello. I haven’t played the cello in a while. I miss it.

I should try to get back into it… over the summer. Until then, I need to look into getting a new bridge.

Not sure who made the piece of art in the first picture… but I thought it looked pretty cool.


Back to Middle School…

When I was in 6th or 7th grade I had a YouTube channel with an appropriate middle schooler username “luvlife4eva.”That username has since been changed… and shall not be revealed in an attempt to keep some of that middle school past hidden. Haha

I was remembering it today as I sat at work (in the Game Room) watching lyric videos on YouTube.

I use to make lyric videos (along with some other videos… but mostly lyric). I enjoyed it… picking out the songs… listening and matching up the words to run perfectly in time with the music. It was sort of relaxing.

I’m not sure why I quit, to be honest… maybe I will pick it up again… eventually.

As I was looking at the account today, I noticed one of my videos had 826,729 views. While that is not a ton… that is quite a lot in my book. It’s my piece of fame on my middle school YouTube account.

The song was called “Good Directions” by Billy Currington. The caption says “Love this song!!!” Even though I don’t remember ever actually listening to it… besides to make this video and I never listen to it now…. I supposedly I LOVED it in middle school.

Now if you look it up… you will probably find me… and then my middle school weirdness will be revealed… Oh no! Haha

I thought I would go ahead and include a picture from my 8th grade dance (above)… just keep going with the middle school awkwardness. Good times… good times.

Anyways, it is suppose to snow quite a bit here in North Carolina tonight. My NC State classes have already canceled… now we will see what UNCA decides. Be safe, everyone.



Another Empty Bottle – Katy McAllister

A beautifully sad song with an amazing message.

Stay strong, my friends.

You are capable… you are beautiful… you are worthy.

You can push pass whatever blocks your way… even if you don’t believe it at the moment.

I believe in you…

You are loved….

It will get better. ❤

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1 (800) 273-8255

I’m just going to leave this song here too…

Dark Enough by Amanda Lopiccolo.

Another sad but beautiful song.

(I was going to save this post for next week but since today is World Suicide Prevention Day… thought I might as well go ahead and post this today.)

The American – Angie Aparo

I told you this guy would be back.

Happy Wednesday everyone!

“I got a walking stick and an old sock hat… I’ve got dirty hands and I’ve got a dream to match. I’ve got a pocket full of government issue cures for poverty.”

Time to take a statics test…

Clocks – Coldplay (Cello Cover)

I play the cello… or well… I use to play it.

I haven’t had the time to practice or the space to keep a cello here at college.

And my cello playing never sounded quite as good as the guy in the video above… but it was fun!

Anyways, my senior year of high school, the school orchestra played this song (Clocks by Coldplay) at the seniors last concert.

I wouldn’t say it is a particularly sad song but boy… did it make us tear up.

What a bittersweet memory… sitting second chair, looking up at my conductor to see her tear up, and then watching as several other players, including myself, also teared up.

We really had become a little family of some sort.

Vincent – Don McLean

I was Vincent Van Gogh.

Not really… though I played his part for a project in my high school French 2 class.

There I stood at the front of the class, bandage over my ear, holding a pallet of paints, and attempting to tell Van Gogh’s biography in French.

All-in-all… it was a bit rough.

I think it was during the research for that project that I stumbled across this song…

I may have even played it during my presentation… I can’t remember.

It had to be 10 minutes long and I was in need of filler… so I probably played it.

“Starry, starry night…Paint your palette blue and gray… Look out on a summer’s day…with eyes that know the darkness in my soul”

White Owl – Josh Garrels

I happened to stumble upon this song a couple years ago and every so often, I listen to it on replay for hours.

Not only that but I also thought the video was neat. Haha

“Like an owl you must fly by moonlight with an open eye, and use your instinct as your guide, to navigate the ways that lay before you, you were born to take the greatest flight.”

Emmylou – First Aid Kit

I saw these girls a few years ago opening for another artist, Lykke Li.

They were playing at the Orange Peel in Asheville, NC.

To be honest… I personally think they overshadowed Lykke Li a bit with their voices…

and the way they portrayed themselves on stage.

Beautiful people with beautiful voices.

“Now so much I know, that things just don’t grow. If you don’t bless them with your patience.”

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