On the arts- Alexandra Dobre ’16

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Consuelo Mendoza

By: Consuelo Mendoza

West Side Story: When did you first start playing guitar?

Alexandra Dobre: I began playing about four and a half years ago when my dad finally gave in to my constant whining and begging and bought me my very first guitar.

WSS: How did you learn to play? Did you have lessons or did you teach yourself?

AD: Since the time I got my first guitar, I’ve been teaching myself. At first it was frustrating, but my previous experience playing the piano helped me. Time passed and I improved, so I started to incorporate singing into

WSS: How long have you’ve been playing the guitar?

 AD:  I’ve been playing for about four and a half years.

WSS: Who or what influenced you to start playing the guitar?

AD: It’s kind of an embarrassing story. When I was twelve years old, I was the biggest Taylor Swift fan. As everyone knows, she plays the guitar; I wanted to be able to do that, too. Taylor’s music was simple and easy to learn, making it the perfect thing to start out with.  I still know how to play all of her songs, even though I don’t like admitting it.

WSS: Why do you like playing guitar?

AD: No matter how many instrumental elements there are to a song, you can always strip it down and play it acoustically. I love that you can do that with this instrument.

WSS: How does playing the guitar make you feel?

AD: Happy, vulnerable, free.

WSS: Have you’ve ever performed in front of anyone with your guitar and voice?

AD:Yeah, I perform a lot in front of my family. A lot of them live across the ocean, so I find myself giving a lot of Skype performances. I’ve played a couple talent shows, I like to play at social gatherings I’m invited to, and of course, in front of my friends.

WSS: Do you ever write your own songs?

AD: Yes, I have written about twenty songs, and I have a couple unfinished ones.

WSS: Who inspires you to write your own music?

AD: The people that inspire me are most often the people that aren’t even in my life anymore. I guess writing is a way to tell them what I’ve always wanted to say them, but never got the chance. I’m a pretty shy person; I’m better off writing a song than going up to that person and pouring my heart out.

WSS: What’s your favorite type of music to play? Favorite song to play?

AD: My favorite kind of music to sing on the guitar would probably have to be alternative/singer-songwriter. There’s just so much variety in those two genres. The song I constantly find myself singing is “Romance Is…” by Lights. It was among one of the first songs I taught myself how to play, the song itself has so much meaning behind it, even though it’s heartbreaking.  The lyrics totally and completely blow my mind.

WSS: Who’s your favorite artist?

AD: Lights Poxleitner. Do yourself a favor and listen to her music.

WSS: How far do you want to get with your talent?

AD: I’m not really expecting fame or anything fancy, all I want is to make music, even if no one is listening. If I can inspire others, even better.

WSS: What’s a cool fact about you and your music?

AD: My ukulele’s name is Calvin and my guitar’s name is Hobbes. If that’s not the coolest thing in the world, I don’t know what is.