Kenyon Side Projects: Lindsay McLaughlin ’18


Lindsay McLaughlin with recorder and youtube tutorial

So, as it turns out, Kenyon students are pretty weird. The Thrill has decided to showcase the endearing oddities of our student body with a new features entitled “Kenyon Side Projects”. In this new feature, we will spotlight a Kenyon student with a side project that we find particularly intriguing. This time we’re pleased to feature Lindsay McLaughlin ’18. Lindsay has taken it upon herself to learn Dynamite by Taio Cruz on her recorder, changing the way we perceive music and ultimately greatness.

From my first interaction with Lindsay, I knew she was eccentric. But even then her true colors didn’t shine through until she revealed her one true goal in life. When I learned that her dream included Taio Cruz and a recorder from her garage, I was certain that it had to be discussed on a public platform. I thought to myself, what better place than here, since we’re super into weird shit.

So Lindsay, how did this project start?

Well, it all started the fall of my senior year of high school when I was talking to one of my friends. She confessed to me that she knew how to play Dynamite by Taio Cruz on the recorder. She did it solely for the purpose of filming herself once on Photo Booth, and then never doing anything with it ever again. Needless to say, I was inspired. I’ve been on the path towards recorder-style victory ever since.

What is your progress so far, and what do you hope to see in the future?

Well, I watched the Youtube tutorial about three months ago, and so far, I’m just sort of thinking it over. I know how to do the beginning pretty well, but I’ll pick it up again when I’m ready.

Speaking as an artist, what is your creative process like?
I literally type in “how to play dynamite by taio cruz on the recorder” on Youtube (you’ve got to see this to believe it), and then I play along. It’s pretty rigorous. I’ve had to stop and pace myself–regulate my breathing and such.

How do you prepare for a rehearsal?
I try to have other people in the room so it won’t be sad.

Why the recorder? Why not a flute, saxophone or trumpet etc.?
I was cleaning out my room over Thanksgiving break and I found my recorder. I don’t think they have tutorials for other instruments on Youtube.

Why Dynamite by Taio Cruz? Why not another song?
[After lots of silence…] That is a good question. Maybe because all great artists just sort of have their muse, and Taio Cruz is mine.

Anything else you’d like to share with the Kenyon Community?
I’m not weird.

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