Cassidy Tung’s Self-Expression Through Music

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Cassidy Tung passionately sings a song with a band at Mariners Church in Irvine, California.

Cassidy Tung passionately sings a song with a band at Mariners Church in Irvine, California.

Photo courtesy of Cassidy Tung

Photo courtesy of Cassidy Tung

Cassidy Tung passionately sings a song with a band at Mariners Church in Irvine, California.

Emma Trueba, Staff Writer

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There is more to the song than just words and a melody. It is a collection of notes and lyrics strung together in order to create something that connects to all those that listen to it. Junior Cassidy Tung uses her passion for music to enhance the lives of her peers, family and worship group at Mariners Church.

 

Picture a concert is going on and famous bands are playing, while thousands of people are all there for one purpose: to hear the music. All of these concert-goers celebrate the combination of notes that are expertly strung together to obtain something that inspires and connects with every individual that stand in the venue to one another through a catchy beat. Not only do the people connect with those around them, but the musicians performing on the stage as well. Senior Baylee Franklin upon hearing Cassidy sing at church said, “[it] makes me feel like I can connect with her on stage because she has a heart for worship and what she’s doing.” Tung’s love for music is felt by those who have heard her sing.

 

Music has always been a part of Cassidy’s life. Even at just three months old, Tung would be humming the tunes to the songs that surrounded her. Cassidy’s father always played some sort of music in the house. Through her early exposure to the musical art, she was inspired to pursue music. Cassidy explains that music to her is “a way for me to express my emotions and what I believe and don’t believe. Music is my expression and how I feel […] It means a lot.” Her passion for music is so much more than loving the art form; it is how Cassidy shows who she really is.

 

Although it was apparent that Cassidy had a naturally gifted voice from the beginning, her vocal abilities still needed to be fine-tuned. Cassidy has been training with a vocal coach ever since she joined her middle school choir in sixth grade while she was living in Michigan. She became serious about developing her talents once she joined choir, because she “then [she] had to explore [her] vocal range, and it was more of ‘we are training your voice to go this pitch, this high, at this speed.’” With the support of her parents, Cassidy has been able to train with two vocal coaches, one in Michigan and another here in California.

 

Because of Cassidy’s move from Texas to Michigan and now California, her taste in music has changed and developed over the years. She currently listens to modern Christian music because she is currently involved musically with her church, but she also likes alternative songs and pop. When Cassidy was younger and lived in Michigan, her musical tastes were catered toward radio stations like “Today’s Hits” and pop music, as she wanted to be up to date on the latest songs. However, after moving to California and maturing in age, Cassidy’s music tastes have changed because she realizes the true meaning of songs and pays attention to the lyrics of the songs she listens to. Now, she not only listens to modern Christian music and slower alternative songs but also older songs with uplifting messages.

 

Due to her commitment to school work, Cassidy has gone after her passion through singing at her church with her worship group. She says, “Because of my schedule and class requirements, I was never able to join choir here at Beckman, so I decided to join the worship team at my church.” At Mariners Church, Cassidy sings for the congregation and teaches elementary school kids who are a part of her worship group how to sing. She explains, “[I] enjoy singing, but it’s a lot easier to teach the kids just because you know they’re having fun and if you mess up they’re not going to notice it.”

 

Tung has also started a five-person band, Northsound. Northsound includes juniors Chris Chang, Russell Wang, Blake Burdick, Cassidy Tung and senior Donovan Gomi. At the beginning of this past summer, Tung posted on her Instagram account asking if anyone wanted to help her start a band. Lead guitarist Donovan Gomi and Cassidy met about nine months ago at Mariners and had discussed the possibility of starting a band. However, this was not a serious goal that the two had considered until he received a direct message from Cassidy, asking if Gomi would want to make the band a reality. In classifying the genre of the band, Gomi says that ”we wanted to move out of the Christian genre but also not go full on metal. [We are] going for more of an alternative rock feel.” Currently, the band is working on songs hoping to perform at Beckman’s 2018 Winter Formal and share their music within Beckman’s walls.

 

Cassidy is very passionate about music and hopes to continue her pursuit of music after high school. She knows “it’s a really hard thing and everybody want to be a singer or a musician, so I set realistic goals, but during college, hopefully.” Her backup plan is to major in International Relations or Psychology. Cassidy is not exactly sure what job she would want in either of these fields, as there are many possible job options. Cassidy’s parents are supportive of her music, Psychology, and International Relation dreams, so whatever Cassidy decides, she is supported.

 

Cassidy plans on applying to multiple colleges to keep her options open. As of now, she is interested in universities in California, Texas, and the East Coast. No matter where she goes, she will undoubtedly go far, as she exemplifies the qualities of a leader in her initiative to start a band and continues to express herself and inspire others through music.

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