MONTVILLE, NJ – The Montville Township High School “School of Rock” held its first concert of the year on Oct. 6 at the high school. The theme of the concert was “Respect” due to the school district’s Week of Respect.
Senior Sruthi Gudimella opened the concert with the song “Respect,” which became a hit in the 60s for Aretha Franklin.
“Towards the end of the song, Aretha sings ‘take care of TCP,’” said Gudimella. “At the time it became a hit, people wondered what TCP referred to. Many thought she was singing TCB -- take care of business -- but TCP meant ‘the colored people.’ We’re dedicating this performance to the people of all colors, races, religions, and sexual orientations.”
Jasmine Lee followed up with “You’re So Vain,” stating the song is about arrogance and its consequences.
Seniors David Champion and Amanda Rosado sang “Love the Way You Lie,” by Eminem and Rihanna.
“Respect is a skill, and like any other skill, it improves with practice,” said Rosado. “This song is about two people who are very much in love. Unfortunately, neither of them has practiced or learned anything about respecting each other. So the man hates himself for the way he behaves and the woman learns to tolerate his abuse.”
Catherine Tsilionis sang The Beatles’ “We Can Work It Out.”
“The song is about how we need to respect each other enough to listen to and think about what the other person is saying,” she said. “We need to remember that life is short.”
Josh Carus sang lead on “What’s Going On.”
“Until June of 1970, Marvin Gaye's most popular hits were about love,” Carus said. “However, ‘What’s Going On’ was a protest song. Berry Gordy, the owner of Motown record company refused to release the song because it was ‘too political’ for radio. When it was finally released in 1971, it reached number one. The song is about our lack of respect for each other and life itself.”
Tsilionis also sang “Blackbird,” accompanied solely by Kevin Wang on guitar.
“Many people think ‘Blackbird’ is a song about a blackbird,” Tsilionis said. “But it’s really about the emancipation of the black woman during the civil rights movement in the 1960s. During that time men, called girls ‘chicks’ and ‘birds.’ Once you realize that, the words ‘take these broken wings and learn to fly, all your life, you were only waiting for this moment to arrive’ make sense in a completely different way.”
Carus and the ensemble on “Glory Days” by Bruce Springsteen finished out the show.
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Other musicians in the group include Matty Enriquez, keyboardists Cyrus Dastparvardeh and Brenden Silverman, drummer Alessandra Guarneri, singers Abigail Garcia, Adriana Maiella, and Maria Pandazis and keyboardist Angela Murphy.
Future performance dates for the School of Rock include:
Rock’s-Giving: Monday, Nov. 21 and Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. featuring returning alumni: Max Laurenzi and Zach Kahn, ALUS and more.
Two Great Causes: Thursday, March 16 and Friday, March 17 at 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
For the Love of Rock: Thursday, April 20 and Friday, April 21 at 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Support staff for the School of Rock includes: Jenna Calcagno, Jesse Cole, Marissa DiFulco, Serena Huang, Jake Marotta, John Mattaliano, Dante Nasisi, Gabriela Risteski and Neil Swagger.