Review: "Community College" - Emma Bieniewicz
Romance movies are whimsical but often unrealistic. The type of love shared between the two characters is something most of us dream of, yet never experience. That’s not to say it’s impossible. Some of us find a love so grand, no film could ever compare. ‘Community College’ is Emma Bieniewicz’s tale of an epic romance. At the start of her first year of college, Bieniewicz has never had her given her heart to someone else. She walks in bright eyed and bushy tailed like all freshman do. Then she sees the person who will later become the love of her life. It doesn’t take long for the two to fall for each other. Through their next four years, their love grows to soaring heights. It’s a quiet sort of love, one that fits so perfectly, it makes the movies seem lackluster in comparison.
Lately, I’ve been watching period drama romances. The courting, the dancing; this ambience has locked in my attention. When listening to ‘Community College’, I was enraptured by the orchestral solo before the last repetition of the chorus. Violins are present throughout the song, but this solo is where the beautiful instrument takes the spotlight. This solo, specifically, I can imagine being played at a 19th century ball. I picture couples dancing to the music and falling in love with each step. This song makes you feel all the warm fuzzies of a whirlwind romance. Furthermore, I find this song to resonate equally in a modern context. Whether you’re currently a college student or not, most of us wish to be swept up in a romance like Bieniewicz describes. Some of her lyrics that particularly stood out to me were, “Just like a movie/ But better cause we skipped all the fighting/ And jumped headfirst into the lake”. These lyrics are what I imagine it’s like to be in a relationship that seems almost too good to be true. The movies can’t even compare to that type of love. Any romantic at heart can find themselves listening to this song and dreaming that one day they too can find a love like this.
Growing up, Emma Bieniewicz was surrounded by music, with both of her parents being musicians. Based in Grand Rapids, MI, Bieniewicz released her debut album ‘Bloated’ in February of last year. Her album was several years in the making and showcased her impressive vocal range and other musical talents. Since releasing her album, she’s released two singles, ‘Community College’ and ‘My Bad’. Her album and singles can all be streamed on Spotify!
Written By Maddy Mahady