Evan Heer, Tenth Muse Staff

For many of us, college is a time to learn new things. For Connor Morningstar, that new thing is playing guitar. Connor Morningstar is a student athlete from Northern California, and when asked to tell a story, any story, he was quick to pick up his acoustic guitar and tell us about his new hobby. 

“I don’t even really remember how I started to play. I guess I started trying to play ‘Wish You Were Here’ just by, like, listening to it. I didn’t really go on YouTube or anything, I just kind tried to listen and learn it by messing around until it sounded right.” 

Over the past year, Connor has continued to practice and master the craft of guitar playing through many hours of tedious repetition. Connor also began to sing with his guitar playing, and it’s beginning to pay off.

“So, what’s your favorite song to sing and play, Connor?”

“Hmmm.. it’s probably ‘Bad Moon Rising’. I actually remixed the lyrics to make it my own. You wanna hear it?” Connor asked with his fingers in the ready position on the guitar.

I sat and witnessed Connor play his remixed rendition of “Bad Moon Rising”, and needless to say, I was impressed. 

“The first full song I learned to play and sing was ‘Polly’ by Nirvana. I actually learned a lot of Nirvana songs when I was first starting out. I love Nirvana.

“So, do you have any future plans to join or start a band of your own?” 

“Yeah! I actually talked about that the other day with the guys. We could do a little cover band, something like that. I’ve been playing a lot lately. I am trying to learn some more challenging songs like ‘Yellow Ledbetter’ by Pearl Jam and stuff like that.  I’ve been burning callouses on my fingers, and they’re starting to peel off, so that’s good,” Connor said, chuckling. 

So, keep your ears open for a new cover band at Clarke University. There’s a good chance you might see Connor playing lead guitar.