'New Hampshire Musician Mike Dunbar Hits the Road'

The Boston Globe

Michael Dunbar ’15, senior music and English major at the College of the Holy Cross and recipient of a grant from the College’s Summer Research Program in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Fine Art, was recently featured in the Boston Globe. Dunbar discusses his plans to use the grant to travel the country on a musical-research road trip to what he calls “the country’s music meccas.”

“I think I’m inspired, on this project at least, by the idea of travel itself. By the idea, specifically, that place matters,” said Dunbar on what he is inspired by.

“One of the things I’m interested in by really going to these music meccas, the epicenters of American music history, is this idea that we’re going to be right in the thick of these musics that I’ve grown up listening to and on the surface know a lot about, but really don’t know a lot about, I think. So I’m excited and inspired by that idea — and I hope I’ll be inspired, I’m sure I’ll be inspired, to turn that into lyrics.”

In addition Dunbar spoke of his ‘lightbulb’ moments: “I think there have been a series of light-bulb moments over the last few years. It’s been really nice that doors seem to slowly be opening, in just the right time and in just the right places.”

Dunbar was referencing the summer research program, and related how thankful he is for the opportunity, having come to Holy Cross “not being able to read sheet music,” said the Boston Globe.

Dunbar, who has been compared to Paul Simon, plans to begin writing music when he returns from his trip. In the meantime, he will be travelling to Memphis, New Orleans, San Francisco, and Chicago as he looks for inspiration.

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This “Holy Cross in the News” item by Jacqueline Smith ’15.