SCENE – Megan’s Music Musings: Here I am writing a musical column | South Minn Scene


So, you’re going to write a musical column. What are you going to write about? What is the purpose of this column? Who are you and what qualifications do you have to write this thing?

These are the nagging questions that have been running through my head for weeks now. And the most terrifying part is, even as I write this, I’m not sure I’ve found all the answers yet. But you can only start with what you to do know, then let me introduce… myself.

Hi! My name is Megan Rolloff. I am a full time designer at The Design Element in Mankato, a part time artist when I can find the time, and passionate about music, listener and spectator.

I grew up in a small town just outside of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. I was born in 1980, became a teenager in the 90s, and escaped to Minnesota to go to college in 1998. From there I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Arts Education with a major in Painting. at Minnesota State University, Mankato (although it was still Mankato State when I started).

At school I met a boy and we graduated, got married and moved back to his hometown of New Ulm in the spring of 2003. New Ulm has been my home for the past 18 years.

Through it all, music has been an integral part of my life. Of course, I took piano lessons and played the trumpet in the school orchestra, but I didn’t have much talent for either. However, listening to all kinds of music and seeing it performed live by those who to do having the talent has been a borderline passion and obsession, since before I could drive a car (who was 14 in South Dakota).

You might remember from a while ago that I “came of age” in the 90s. It basically means one of two things: I was an anguished teenager wearing flannel and listening to music. grunge where I was part of the great country music resurgence sparked by Garth Brooks and a few other very popular artists of the decade.

Since my parents’ favorites were bands like Led Zeppelin, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and Steppenwolf (my favorite song as a kid was Led Zepplin’s “The Immigrant Song”), what better way to rebel than by listen to the music of their parents and jump on this “modern” country music bandwagon?

I would say that’s where my obsession with music, musicians and concerts started. For much of the decade, I ate, slept, and breathed country music. I even visited Nashville twice during this time to be specifically immersed in the culture of the city of music.

As I got older and less determined to make my parents look up with every action I took, my tastes broadened to include all genres of music. But I never forgot the thrill and overwhelming joy that I discovered, through country music, to see an artist or band on stage with music so loud you could literally feel it vibrating through your body. . Or to hear your favorite song, live, in person, and be sung by hundreds or thousands of fans like you.

This, in particular, has remained a feeling that is most close to my heart to this day. There is nothing quite like seeing someone with awesome talent doing what they do best, and being there to share that experience with others who feel the same way as you. It’s pure magic.

So, to answer that question of “What are you going to write?” I believe the answer is just that. I am going to write about the pure magic of music as told from the perspective of a passionate fan living her adult life in Southern Minnesota.

As for the objective of the column, I think it is still in the “hopes and planning” phase. I plan to highlight, showcase and celebrate all of the music that influences our Minnesota minds and brings joy to our Minnesota ears. I hope to entertain you, communicate with you and, occasionally, inform you on these same subjects.

And what qualifies me to write this column? I believe my greatest asset to accomplishing this task is that I am just like you, a music fan living here in South Minnesota. I hope this column is a fun place for music lovers to connect, be entertained, and maybe once in a while, learn a little something they didn’t know before.

Everything seems so simple and straightforward. But I have to admit I’m a little nervous. I so want to do a good job for you, the reader and the music fan. Only time will tell if I’m the right woman for the job, and I sincerely hope I am.

Megan Rolloff is an interior designer in Mankato, who lives in New Ulm with her husband Tom. She loves music, especially from Minnesota, and now she writes about it.

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