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Annie Reuter, is a freelance writer and music blogger who covers concerts and music festivals around the country. In constant pursuit of the next show to attend and band to interview, Annie keeps up her own music blog, You Sing, I Write, where she uncovers what it's really like to spend the day with a rock star.
July 18th, 2011

Watching the news often depresses me. Murder. Kidnapping. Cyber bullying. War. Natural disasters. Very rarely is there a positive story. While I tend to avoid the news for my own well being, it just so happened that last week I was glued to the TV for Diane Sawyer’s exclusive interview with Jaycee Lee Dugard, the girl who was kidnapped and lived for 18 years in her kidnapper’s backyard. A haunting tale, the more her story developed, the more upset I became with humanity.
Oprah’s episode on Chelsea, a 21-year-old who was abused by her parents and lived in a cage for the first seven years of her life, followed the two-hour Jaycee Lee Dugard story. And there I sat, for three hours glued to the couch in disbelief.
How…

June 28th, 2011

I’ve been anxiously awaiting my trip to Nashville for what seems like forever. Since my first visit there two years ago my life has changed dramatically. No longer a recent college graduate, I’m not unsure of my future and my answer to the once dreaded question, ‘What do you do?’ Finally, I can say I’m a music journalist and not hesitate while thinking, ‘Well, I work here during the day but I write here and intern here.’
Sitting at Tin Roof for lunch (and sweet tea!) in Nashville by myself after David Nail’s fan club performance, I’m reminded that he was the first country artist I interviewed just two years ago. A lot has happened since then.
Overhead, Third…

June 10th, 2011

The more I talk with Monica and Farrah about our career paths over the past few months, the harder it is to believe in coincidences. Instead, I find myself realizing more and more that God must have a hand in all of this. How else would we have wound up living in Brooklyn together and writing about these experiences and constant questions we have day-to-day?
I’m sure Monica has a lot to say about Oprah’s final episode last week, but one topic that she touched upon that struck me was that we should all listen to that whisper we hear (God) guiding us toward the right path. When we hear that voice and ignore it, our lives go off course. Often, it takes a huge meltdown and everything in your life turned upside down to…

May 18th, 2011

This past month has been a major period of reflection. Since my full-time job ended in April I’ve been looking for additional freelance work, but things are slow. The more I think about it though, the more determined I am to stick with music journalism.
After going to various networking events and gaining tips from journalists in the field I’ve realized that while part of their success is a result of being at the right place at the right time, most of their success is because of their determination.
I don’t know why I have this unyielding passion for music when other friends are struggling to find their path. Obviously God has a reason for this and won’t allow me to give up despite my endless…

April 27th, 2011

This past week, Monica and I escaped to Florida during her spring break and my time off from work. We headed to Orlando with the intention of reverting back to our childhood and being kids again. I think we both had a wake-up call and quickly realized we’re no longer children with our parents planning the trip and making sure everything runs smoothly.
Our first snafu came as we arrived at the airport to find there was no shuttle to our hotel, despite being promised one. We eventually took a way-too-expensive cab ride, which made us miss the easy and accessible commuting options of New York.
Throughout the remainder of our stay in Orlando I realized how grateful I am for my parents. Every summer we’d vacation…

April 5th, 2011

Last month was my church hopping month as I’ve come to call it. One of the services I went to discussed how once you put yourself out there and truly start believing, obstacles will be put in your way, tempt you or fill you with doubt. I didn’t think much of these words and shrugged them off until things just seemed to become very off balance in my own life and the lives of the closest people around me.
Everything seemed to hit me at once. I always believe everything happens for a reason, but when really bad things happen to good people you can’t help but to question how any God would allow this to occur.
Monica, Farrah and I have had so many questions throughout the past few weeks. Whether it’s job related,…

March 9th, 2011

Every year, for as long as I can remember I’ve given up chocolate for Lent. When people ask me why, I don’t typically have an answer, it’s just something that’s been ingrained in me since childhood.
After attending a mass back home where we remembered my cousin, our priest got me thinking. Why not calculate all the money we save from that sacrifice and donate it?
While I don’t eat THAT much chocolate on a daily basis, I’m curious to see just how much I do spend.
As far as my charity of choice, I’ve spent some time thinking and after learning of a friend who’s training to participate in the Police Unity Tour, a bicycle ride from New Jersey to Washington D.C. to raise awareness…

March 3rd, 2011

I went back to Hillsong NYC yesterday with my best friend Wendy. Walking into Irving Plaza with Wendy is the norm as we’ve been attending and covering shows together since high school. However, the idea of having Sunday service at a concert venue still boggles my mind.
Yesterday’s service talked about three ways to make it through a valley. I couldn’t help but think of of my previous post, Coping with Rejection that seemed to strike a chord with many of you. I’m always reminded of the phrase, “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,” but sometimes it’s hard to remain positive when you don’t land that dream job, when your boyfriend breaks up with you or…

February 24th, 2011

This past year has been quite the spiritual journey. Living with Monica and Farrah has opened me up tremendously to new religious experiences and questioning my own faith. I consider myself open minded and am truly intrigued by Judaism and  rediscovering my Catholic beliefs.
Last month, I received a comment to one of my posts that struck me.
“Take time for praise and worship, do not make your profession and the music stars your God. If you do not nurture and work on your faith, it will go away. There are 10,080 minutes in a week, go to Sunday mass and spend 60 minutes with God who has provided all these blessings.”
While I know I seem to profess music is my religion, I by no means idolize these rock stars as my…

January 31st, 2011

2011 started out how past New Year’s have: surrounded by friends and family with numerous hopes and resolutions made. After ending 2010 with a much coveted interview for what I thought was my dream job, I was confident 2011 would be my best year yet.
Unfortunately, I soon found out I didn’t make the cut and I was devastated. I quickly began questioning my life and career choices as well as my own abilities. Why am I so passionate being a music journalist? Why would God give me this writing talent only to be accompanied by numerous failed job interviews? No one likes rejection and I was trying my best to see the silver lining, but had a much harder time than I care to admit.
So, of course I turned to music. Oprah…

January 5th, 2011

2010 has been one of the most fun, invigorating, stressful, emotional and satisfying years yet. I never dreamed my passion  for music would evolve into my becoming a music journalist and that I’d actually make money from doing what I love — attending concerts and interviewing some of my favorite bands.
I couldn’t be more blessed and grateful to have finally jumped completely out of my comfort zone last year. Not a day goes by that I don’t thank God that Monica convinced me to move from Jersey to Brooklyn in August. Moving out was a  major transition and I quickly found out living with Monica and Farrah would be a learning experience like none other.
When Monica first told us the idea of this blog…

December 28th, 2010

In October, I wrote about a difficult week when three close friends and family members were admitted to the hospital. Last Saturday I found out the worst news when I was told my cousin Silvia would never make it home. After eight weeks of battling an infection, pneumonia and what they eventually found to be an extremely rare form of cancer, she passed away at the age of 56.
While I know no one is fond of death, wakes or funerals, this was especially hard and I, like many at times like these, started questioning my faith and God’s existence. Silvia was like an aunt to me and was even my confirmation sponsor back in high school. She was selfless and loved nothing more than spending time with her family. My heart broke for…

December 26th, 2010

If you were to walk into our apartment today, you would see an amalgam of holiday decorations. Hanukkah candles, a mini Christmas tree, stockings hung by the chimney with care and tons of festive cookies and chocolate.
Out of my past 26 Decembers, this year has been one of my favorites. There is just something so special about living in New York this time of year. Whether it’s Christmas trees sold on the street corner, the first big snowstorm or hearing holiday tunes played in every store, it’s nearly impossible to not get into the holiday spirit.
This year, I celebrated my first Hanukkah with Monica and Farrah. Although they told me presents for eight nights was reserved for children, I wanted to make…

November 24th, 2010

As Thanksgiving approaches, it’s only fitting to start thinking of what we’re thankful for. Whether it’s friends, family, health or career, everyone has a different priority. Naturally, for me music came to mind.

For the past four months I’ve been covering country music for AOL’s The Boot. Growing up, I wasn’t a country fan and never imagined I’d spend the day with Keith Urban or travel to Nashville and interview Martina McBride. Much to Farrah’s chagrin, I was a HUGE boy band fan. Backstreet Boys were my first love and I seriously (embarrassed to admit) thought I would marry Brian Littrell – the nice, southern, Christian boy in the group.
Boy bands aside, I’ve since acquired a strong appreciation…

November 19th, 2010

Thank you all so much for your prayers and heartfelt comments on my post “Questioning God.” While the holidays will definitely be a difficult time for my family, I’m confident we’ll make it through.
The evening of the funeral I stayed up late to watch the video premiere of Lady Antebellum’s music video for “Hello World,” which managed to put life back into perspective.
Not one to cry, the moving video brought tears to my eyes and made me realize that life is way too short to spend so much time grieving or taking things so seriously.
Instead, I wanted to make a difference.
Back in September, I donated 10 inches of my hair to Locks of Love, a non-profit that makes wigs for children…

October 15th, 2010

It has happened to all of us. You hear a song that takes you back to a specific time and place. Whether it be your childhood, college or an experience that has drastically changed your life, for the good or the bad, you’re transformed back into that moment in time.
Last weekend Monica and I worked from home and she played music from her Gaslight Anthem Pandora station (we’re obsessed with this Jersey band so much so that I think we’ve convinced Farrah to come out to their next show). While some obscure bands came up that we never heard of, I was ecstatic when Jimmy Eat World’s “A Praise Chorus” came on.
“Are you gonna live your life wonderin’ standing in the back lookin’…

October 6th, 2010

Early this morning, CNN.com peaked my interest with one of their top news stories. The teaser read:
“Victor Perez had been glued to TV coverage of the abduction of an 8-year-old girl in Fresno, California. Soon afterwards, he saw the suspect’s truck, then a little girl inside. What he did next made all the difference.”
After watching the video of Perez explaining what he did, I was in awe by the chain of events.
This man didn’t make it to work that day since rain made his day job cutting wine grapes difficult. Instead, he was watching news anchors describe a young girl’s abduction. He then went outside and recognized the van they mentioned in the news report drive by and hopped in his…

September 30th, 2010

For as long as I can remember, I’ve turned to music when questioning life and making major decisions. While some find solace in prayer, going to church or synagogue, I simply go to my iTunes playlist.
Blasphemy?
To some.
For me, not so much. My criteria is simple.
Major life questioning: Switchfoot
Simply unwinding: John Mayer
Nostalgic for my childhood: Backstreet Boys
And my most recent addition:
Sheer disbelief and being thankful: Pat Benatar
The last category is currently my favorite. You see, last month I interviewed the infamous Pat Benatar. The original “Heartbreaker” and the singer who will forever be known with her declaration, “Love Is a Battlefield.”
I’m…

September 23rd, 2010

Lately, I’ve been struggling to explain my religion to my roommates. With all the Jewish holidays, where does Catholicism come in? Why do I believe the things I do and how do I translate my faith to them? Often, it’s everyday situations that test your beliefs. Last week was no exception.
On Thursday, Monica and I went to my friend’s concert in Brooklyn. Since I brought my car to New York for a few weeks I decided to drive. Whenever I park in an area I’m not familiar with I always type the cross streets in my phone, but we were close enough that I didn’t bother. Big mistake.
After watching a phenomenal performance by April Smith and the Great Picture Show, we left. Our plans for the night were to venture to Brooklyn…

September 10th, 2010

I’ve been learning more about Judaism from living with Farrah and Monica, but feel that I haven’t been able to express my Catholic identity and share that side with them. While Farrah was saying morning prayers yesterday for Rosh Hashanah, I realized I should pray more. Often, it’s the hard times that you ask God for help, but it shouldn’t be that way.
Last week was a rough one for me. Three of my closest friends and family members wound up in the hospital. It’s times like these that shake up one’s faith and you can either turn to God or feel hopeless on your own.
I’ll admit I don’t go to church every Sunday, but I do pray and thank God for my blessings when I remember. This…

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