My name is Ashby Strauch, and I am a second year journalism major at the University of Florida. I’ve been a vegetarian for 10 years now, and my favorite past times are reading and camping. My favorite books are Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë and East of Eden by John Steinbeck. My favorite camping trip was when I went to Big Bend National Park this past Spring Break.
I will be posting primarily on this blog information about upcoming shows in Gainesville, Florida. My all time favorite bands are The Velvet Underground, Gorillaz and Pink Floyd.
Music is something that has been a large part of my life since I can remember. I think it all started when my angsty 10-year-old self developed an obsession with Fall Out Boy. I can remember sitting in the back row of my mother’s minivan on the way home from school with my brother listening to Fall Out Boy with one headphone in each of our ears as my mom desperately tried to inquire about our day. We ignored her as we nodded our heads along to the songs. Although that always seemed to frustrate my mom, it was something that brought my brother and I together: a shared love for an artist that enabled us to bond by listening to that artist together.
Although I can’t say I’m still an avid Fall Out Boy fan, I still have a great appreciation for music and the experiences it brings about and the unique ways in which it allows people to express themselves and connect with other people.