Busted Halo

Monica Rozenfeld moves to Brooklyn with two roommates — a Catholic and an observant Jew — and they each seek understanding of what it means to be religious.

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January 5th, 2011

Reflections and Resolutions


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 I was intrigued, yet skeptical. What did I have to offer my two Jewish roommates and a Website of spiritual seekers when my visits to church mostly consisted of weddings and Christmas Eve mass? Farrah goes to services weekly and prays daily when I could barely remember the last time I stepped foot in a church.

I expressed my concern to Monica to which she said matter-of-factly, “music is your religion.” And, right then a light bulb went off. Though I don’t attend church every Sunday, I know a higher power exists and I find faith in that I have the courage to pursue some of my most wildest dreams.

Just as I was making the decision to move to Brooklyn I interviewed Amber Rubarth, who stressed the idea that “the world helps you and starts supporting you when you’re trying to follow your dream.” Often, she said, “you get little signs.”

I couldn’t agree more.

Keith Urban

The month I moved to Brooklyn, I had interviews with two of my favorite magazines and wound up freelancing for two months at Rolling Stone. Soon after, numerous freelance writing opportunities presented themselves to me and I was finally making a decent living doing what I love.

My passion for country music increased tremendously and words can’t explain my excitement when I found out I would interview two of my favorite acts of the genre — Lady Antebellum and Keith Urban!

Though I may not go to church every Sunday to find God in a traditional sense, all of last year’s events helped deepen my faith and realization that everything happens for a reason. The struggle, the heartache, death, job loss, the ups and downs, teach you how fragile life is and that you shouldn’t waste time worrying about things you can’t control. If I gave up after the first article rejection I received, I wouldn’t be where I am today. While my life goal is to write a cover story for Rolling Stone, each interview brings me closer and closer to that dream. Who knows, maybe 2011 will be the year!

What goals have you made for 2011? How do you plan on keeping them?

The Author : Annie Reuter
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.
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  • Roisin H

    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.

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