Let's just come clean now…we've all cried to "Say Something" by A Great Big World
. It's nothing to be embarrassed about, it's like the saddest song of all time. But there is so much more to the pop rock duo than their hit sad song. They recently hung out with middle schoolers at the Marymount School of New York to inspire, give advice, listen, and perform. When's the last time your favorite rock band did a gig at a middle school? Never, that's what we thought. Ian and Chad from A Great Big World surprised Marymount middle schoolers on their last day of school, and yes, there was lots of screaming and running and questions about Christina Aguilera. It was truly magical.
However, it wasn't just your regular old middle school concert. Marymount has a "School of Rock" band…just like the movie, minus Jack Black, and no boys allowed in the band (Marymount is an all-girls school). So yeah, middle school girl rock band…pretty awesome, and very rare. These girls are cooler than we ever were in middle school. And interestingly enough, Ian from A Great Big World also had the chance to be in a rock band when he was in junior high…and look at him now. "It's really important", Ian said, "Because I don't know if I would have had the guts to be doing this if It wasn't for those experiences playing in that rock band when I was a kid". Middle school can be a rough, awkward time, and Ian and Chad strongly believe in the remedial effects that music can have on that awkwardness. So basically, every school needs a rock band.
The duo spent time chatting with us, they watched the School of Rock Band perform, they intimately performed with the School of Rock Band, and then they performed for the entire middle school. And there were definitely tears in the audience during "Say Something". In addition, the two performed their new single "Younger", which is nostalgic song about the freedom and weightlessness of youth….a very fitting song for the venue. This is truly the most unique session we've ever been a part of, and the duo's unmistakable unique sound and sparkling charisma will most definitely get you feeling a little emotional. A Great Big World inspired the youth, and the youth inspired them. An experience we can assume neither will forget…because we're still thinking about it.