Saveena Patel’s wonderland and actuality at the moment are one and the identical.

The primary-year ethnomusicology scholar can be competing in Spring Sing together with her authentic music, “Wonderland,” which she can be singing together with her ukulele. The music displays on her journey to UCLA and is certainly one of many in her authentic repertoire, she stated. Her first songs date again to 3rd grade and since then, Patel stated her songwriting has matured. Moderately than forcing out songs for the sake of it, Patel stated she now writes from uncooked emotion as a type of catharsis.

“It’s gotten to the purpose the place songwriting has change into my remedy,” Patel stated. “It’s the place I’m going at any time when I’m harassed or at any time when I have to ease my thoughts off of one thing and escape. … Each single day I fall in love with it extra.”

Patel’s love for songwriting goes hand in hand together with her love for singing, she stated. When the time got here to decide on between orchestra and choir in elementary faculty, she stated she selected the latter and continued to develop as a vocalist, choosing up the ukulele alongside the way in which. Over time, Patel stated music grew to become an important type of self-expression and emotional aid. Brayden Sutton, a second-year biochemistry scholar and member of Patel’s a cappella group, Pitch, Please!, stated her ardour for music is palpable via the way in which she bodily emotes whereas performing.

“She very a lot feels the music that she sings or performs,” Sutton stated. “Even simply in rehearsals after we’re going via music, her facial expressions … present how a lot she connects to music.”

Emotional connection is on the very core of Patel’s songs, which she stated are normally produced by a rush of emotions late at evening. The overwhelming stress and angst of the faculty functions season led her to jot down “Wonderland,” which chronicles the obstacles that stood in her path on the highway to her dream faculty, or UCLA – her wonderland. Throughout the journey, Patel stated she reminisced on the previous when such struggles, like juggling faculty functions with an already lengthy record of duties, weren’t even inside eyesight.

Opening wistfully with “I’ve been attempting too exhausting for this wonderland of gold,” Patel stated the lyrics are supposed to have a tint of irony, since she acknowledges that desires are dropped at life with exhausting work. Such juxtaposition of idealism and actuality exists within the musical composition as effectively. She stated her use of a fast-paced rhythm and minor chords – that are normally extra somber – are an surprising mixture.

“I exploit loads of minor chords within the music however I attempt to hold it upbeat, so that you could be jamming alongside,” Patel stated. “Secretly, there’s a bit of bit extra weight to the which means behind the music. (However) in case you’re not listening to the lyrics, you’re simply vibing.”

The addition of her often raspy voice – which Patel stated is darkish with deeper tone – additional contributes to the duality in her music. “Wonderland” is a cheery outlier amongst her ordinary compositions, since Patel stated she gravitates towards writing extra melancholic and slow-paced songs. But, the music’s mild airiness contrasted with craving lyrics mirrors the complexity of her personal feelings throughout strenuous instances, she stated.

Not solely does the music handle to seize Patel’s emotions, nevertheless it additionally encapsulates her as an individual, stated her good friend Abbey Dunlap. To the inexperienced listener the deeper undertones of pining and strife of the only could go unnoticed. Nonetheless, the layers to the music are analogous to the dynamic between Patel’s bubbly optimism and extra delicate facet, Dunlap stated.

“Once you first meet her – to nearly all of folks – she’s simply somebody who (makes you suppose) ‘How might she ever be unhappy or upset or offended?’” Dunlap stated. “However then whenever you actually get to know her, … you see she’s greater than this shining, blissful individual on a regular basis.”

Now that Patel has lastly reached her wonderland of gold, she stated she is raring to shed her exterior and expose all of the intricacies of her persona by performing her music at Spring Sing. Though being topic to the judgment of hundreds of strangers is intimidating, she stated having the energy to decrease her guard and share music from deep inside provides her a surreal feeling like no different.

“What I like a lot about (performing), and particularly what I’m excited to do for Spring Sing, is simply being susceptible,” Patel stated. “You simply go on the market and put all of your feelings out to individuals who don’t know your story. I really feel like that’s such a phenomenal expertise.”



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