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OCC Students Performing Original Compositions as Parrent Music

Taylor AldworthTrevor Parrent PhotoOlney Central College students Trevor Parrent and Taylor Aldworth are combining their musical talents, writing and performing original songs as Parrent Music.

The pair met in the OCC Music Department on the first day of fall semester classes. Parrent asked if anyone wanted to play with him at an open mic night and Aldworth, who just moved to Olney from his hometown in Rushville, Ind., volunteered.

They performed “Ghost,” an original song penned by Parrent, which received an enthusiastic reception.

“People really responded to it,” Parrent said.

The venue owner, who was equally impressed, suggested they play at his friend’s place in Effingham. Fellow OCC music student, Austin Ferrari, accompanied them.

Since Aug. 22, the duo has given more than 25 performances, including sharing a stage with OCC Director of Bands and critically acclaimed jazz musician Wade Baker.

“Ghost” and other original songs are available for listening and sharing at Parrent Music also has Facebook and Instagram accounts.

In the short time they have known each other, Parrent and Aldworth have forged a strong friendship while collaborating and rehearsing often at Parrent’s home in Newton.

“We spend a lot of time writing music together and having mock performances,” Parrent said. “I enjoy working with Taylor. I really appreciate his willingness to learn things on the fly. He can just pick up on what I’m doing. He is a great friend.”

“We vibe together,” Aldworth added. “I enjoy the music Trevor writes. We have become good friends. I also enjoy being around his family. They are very loving people. I’m glad I’m making music with Trevor.”

Parrent quipped, “I’ve never had a girlfriend I was this serious about.”

Both Parrent and Aldworth trace their musical roots back to childhood.

“My dad played in cover bands when I was young,” Parrent said. “I would see my dad on stage and I wanted to be that good and cool.”

Parrent began playing percussion at age 5 when his mother bought him a drum kit as an outlet for his boundless energy. Today he also plays piano and guitar.

“I’ve been writing songs for six or seven years, but I never had the courage to go out and play before,” Parrent said. “I’m not the best, but I just keep writing.”

An uncle, who played with a band in Indianapolis, first piqued Aldworth’s musical interest at age 10. Aldworth played trombone throughout school and it was his high school band director who first introduced him to Baker. Baker later invited Aldworth to audition at OCC. In addition to the trombone, Aldworth plays drums, bass and piano.

Parrent and Aldworth draw inspiration from a wide range of genres and their own musical influences. Parrent’s mother introduced him to the Red Hot Chili Peppers along with Dave Grohl, of Nirvana and the Foo Fighters, and he cites both as early influences. Aldworth points to both Twenty One Pilots and the Beatles.

“With the Beatles there was so much energy and all this screaming when they performed,” he said. “Their interaction with the audience was amazing.”

Other influences include hip-hop artists Mac Miller and J. Cole, alternative artists The Neighbourhood and Arctic Monkeys, and even the iconic crooner Frank Sinatra.

Parrent and Aldworth hope others take something away from their music as well.

“I hope that they walk away with a deeper meaning that resonates within their own lives, but the point is to enjoy it,” Parrent said. “We really want people to have fun and dance.”

While they’re interested in creating music together, both Parrent and Aldworth are also focused on working toward their degrees.

“After I leave, I’m going to Ball State University to major in music education and music performance,” Aldworth said. “I want to be a band director if I’m not out on the road with Trevor.”

Parrent would like to become a social worker.

“I want to help kids who haven’t had the best lives,” he said. “I got to work for a non-profit in Memphis that rehabs houses and seeing the faces of those we helped and connecting with those families was pretty cool.”

For the present, Parrent and Aldworth are happy collaborating and following a dream, something they encourage others to do as well.

“If there is something you want to do, just try it,” Parrent said. “All you have to do is grab it. That is what we are doing now. Just surround yourself with others that want to see you succeed. It doesn’t happen overnight. You are going to hit bumps in the road. If you have a dream, all it takes is going after it. All that holds you back is yourself. Every time I play music, I play like I’m going to die afterward. That is the intensity I have.”

Aldworth added, “We are grabbing the thing we want and we’re reaching it.”

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