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Like Endless Rain Into A Paper Cup

When I was thirteen I accidentally traveled back in time to the 60s. That’s sort of what it felt like, anyway. Up until then I considered myself a pretty “vanilla” teenaged girl. Shy, easily influenced, brainy, and desperate to blend in with the other girls in my class. I was in my room one night after school VERY busy listening to my new Jonas Brothers CD when my parents called me into the living room.

“We’re gonna watch a movie, come sit with us?” my dad asked. He phrased the sentence as if I was being given an option. By his tone, I knew I had no option. I reluctantly plopped down in my sofa crease and prepared myself for two hours of apathy. (Movies have never been my cup of tea. I think it’s an attention-span thing.) The movie was called “Across the Universe,” and I could tell from the graphic designs on the DVD Menu alone that this wasn’t like the usual genre of movie my parents gravitate towards. (Them being English Literature teachers, I’ve seen every movie adaptation of every Jane Austen book known to man.)

I was shocked, blown away. I can see how I may be coming off as dramatic when I say this, but no amount of mental training could have prepared me for this moment in my life. “Across the Universe” was turbulent, rebellious, artistically beautiful, exciting and romantic, but above all, what struck me most was the soundtrack. All Beatles songs. I can’t accurately explain how much that movie hit me in all the right places. And thus, my obsession with the 1960s began.

It started with The Beatles (appropriately) but then it evolved to the whole of “The British Invasion.” The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, The Hollies, The Who. Then I furthered my education to American bands: The Beach Boys, The Byrds, The Stooges etc. By the time I was a Sophomore in high school I was an extremely advanced rock n’ roll historian. If my friends knew the extent of my love for elderly rock stars sixty years older than me, they probably would have had me admitted to the most heavily guarded psych-ward in California. Very few of my high school buddies got the chance to visit my house. I never invited anybody over for fear that they would see my poster-covered walls and think I was a serial killer or stalker. You think I’m exaggerating.

I had the four walls of my room painted the exact same colors as the jackets The Beatles were wearing on the Sgt. Pepper album cover. Blue, pink, orange and lime green. (So chic.) Then, those walls were plastered with countless posters of mods and rockers all looking down at me while I slept. Joy Division, Patti Smith and The Velvet Underground chillin’ on my ceiling. My furniture ranged from all things psychedelic to all things grunge. In 11th grade I made a shrine to Andy Warhol in the corner of my room, complete with candles, incense and a painting of Edie Sedgwick my friend made for me. In 11th grade I painted brick walls just above my vanity, in honor of Pink Floyd’s The Wall, of course. And let’s not forget about the Amy Winehouse collage I’ve had behind my door since her Back to Black album came out in 2006. It was an acid-tripping, heavy metal, glitter-covered, flannel-ridden nightmare. And simultaneously, my paradise.


I was a little self-conscious about my hobby. Only because it was hard to find people who could relate. While I was discovering Frank Zappa, some of my closest friends were making the transition from The Black Eyed Peas to LMFAO. (NOT that I look down on people who enjoy LMFAO, I’m just saying we were definitely on different wavelengths.) But overall, I think I received more respect for marching to the beat of my own drum. I never once felt that I was outcasted for following my joy. I had managed to trick people into thinking I was cool just because of the music I listened to.

In a way, I am eternally grateful to the artists who have managed to captivate my imagination. Now that I’m a young adult it is so obvious to me how much Debbie Harry has affected my fashion sense, or how Bowie has inspired my love of all things eccentric and bizarre. I’ve realized that every passion and every experience (whether fabricated in my mind or a physical event) is just another Jenga block on the tower of my identity. If I were to remove one, the tower would crumble and I wouldn’t be me. I am composed of every work of art I love.

Now, Oscar Wilde wasn’t a rockstar but he has made some pretty punk rock comments in his time. One of my favourites being: “Art is the most intense mode of individualism the world has known.” There are very few statements that I agree with more. The art you love defines you just as much as the people that you love. The Beatles didn’t make me who I am, their work allowed my soul to express itself the way it had always been meant to be expressed. If I were alive in another era, I would have found the same outlet with Beethoven, William Blake or Robert Frost. Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and had I not sat down to watch “Across the Universe” that night, who knows how I would have developed? Sometimes it’s best to do what your parents ask you to.


** Emma Tice is a Marist College student form Anaheim, California. Upon her graduation this May, she will have a major in Media Studies and Production and a Creative Writing minor.

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About Lisa Gentile

Hey everyone! My name is Lisa, and I’m a post production intern at Kirschenbaum Productions. I am a senior at the College of Mount Saint Vincent in Riverdale, and I will be graduating in May! I am a Communication major with a concentration in digital arts and media studies, and I am also a business minor. During my junior year, I interned at WABC-TV at “LIVE! With Kelly,” and it was an amazing experience. I met so many interesting people, got to work with the producers of the show, learned how a live TV studio worked, and met some of my closest friends. But now I am excited to go in a slightly different direction and delve deeper into my interest in post production here at Kirschenbaum Productions! I was born and raised in Westchester County (just north of NYC), but I absolutely love the city and hope to live there soon after graduation.


I have quite a few interests and hobbies, but dancing is the most important to me. Although I am trained in several styles of dance, ballet has always been my main focus. I have been taking ballet since I was just three-years-old, and I have never stopped. It is definitely one of my passions.


Me (in yellow) as a bird girl, Seussical 2009

Another interest of mine is musical theatre. I was part of the drama club for all four years of high school. I was in 5 productions total, but my favorites were “Cats” (in which I played Victoria the white cat) and “Seussical” (in which I played a bird girl and also choreographed the production). I was also in chorus class and my high school’s a capella group. I have seen dozens of Broadway shows, but Les Miserables has by far been the best, and Next To Normal is a close second.



Music has been a very important aspect of my life because I come from a very musical family. My grandfather is a singer and plays the guitar. He used to be in a band way back when called The Godfathers, and they would play in Italian night clubs all around New York. My great grandfather on my grandma’s side was also an amazing musician, a singer and guitarist as well. I have unfortunately never played an instrument, but I’ve enjoyed singing ever since I could talk.

My cousin Frankie and my grandfather playing together

I have a very wide selection of music from Alternative to R&B to sometimes and in extreme moderation, country. And by extreme moderation, I mean probably like one or two maybe three country songs every few days. My favorite band would have to be the Beatles because let’s be real, they are the basis of almost every band of today. Some other artists I enjoy are Coldplay, Dispatch, Florence + the Machine, Billy Joel, Guster, Jason Mraz, Frank Sinatra, KiD CuDi, Lady GaGa, Mumford & Sons, Passion Pit, and so many others. I could go on forever. I’ve been to only a few concerts, but my two favorites and most memorable were Dispatch and Coldplay.

I wish I had all the time in the world to watch every great TV show ever made, but sadly there’s not enough hours in the day. My current obsession is Homeland, and I am devastated (well not devastated; that’s a little dramatic) that I have to wait until September for season three. Some other shows I watch are How I Met Your Mother, New Girl, Suits, True Blood, The Office, and many more. I’ve recently become a fan of Duck Dynasty. If you haven’t watched it, just give it a chance. It’s absolutely hilarious, and the editors of the show are brilliant.

Some random facts about me!

  • I have an obsession with Harry Potter. I’ll admit that I cried like a baby when some characters were killed off, and I was very sad when it ended. I’ve read the whole series multiple times.
  • I hate the winter. I think it’s because I’m a June baby, but I absolutely hate being cold.
  • My family is extremely Italian. AKA we’re loud, we all talk over each other, we eat a lot, we have a million stories that go on forever, we tell each other what to do, we have attitudes, but we’re all very close. My cousins are my best friends.
My cousins and I
  • I got a set of stuffed minions from the movie Despicable Me for Christmas this year. Even after I received a Kindle, money, clothes, and lots of other great stuff, my minions are my favorite gift that I got.
  • I think I may be addicted to chapstick.
  • I hate driving.
  • Peanut butter and ice cream are two things I absolutely would not be able to live without.
  • I met Mariah Carey at a Chinese restaurant in Westchester when I was about six-years-old. She told me I was adorable.
  • Ketchup grosses me out.
  • I think Boy Meets World is the greatest TV show of all time. I’ve learned many life lessons from that show.
  • I have an older sister named Lauren. She’s three years older than me, but people sometimes think I look older than her.
My sister Lauren and I
  • I am less than five feet tall. And I’m still taller than my mom.
  • I have terrible eye sight.
  • Spongebob Squarepants in my opinion is one of the funniest cartoons.
  • I’m a little obsessive-compulsive over my nails. They’re almost always painted.
  • My feet are ALWAYS cold no matter how many pairs of socks I wear. This is one of the reasons why I hate winter.
  • I love dogs, but my mom never let us have one. I plan on getting a puppy the second I have my own place.

Thanks for reading, everyone! I look forward to working with you all. Have a great day!


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