Vineyard Sound Blog
July 23, 2012
When asked the following questions about his time on Martha’s Vineyard and his experiences in the Vineyard Sound, Ethan Underhill responded:
1) What is your favorite part about singing in the Vineyard Sound for a whole summer?
Knowing that I’m part of something bigger than myself. Any one of the guys in the house will tell you how much of a corny sentimentalist I am, but it’s truly humbling to be a part of this group, especially since I’m one of the first guys to be younger than VS itself: this summer I turned 19 and the group turned 20.
Next Saturday night, we’ll head over to the Tabernacle for the 20th Anniversary Vineyard Sound Reunion Show. I, the giant infant of VS, will take the stage with the same gentlemen that had the simple idea of singing on street corners for a summer before my parents even thought of having their third kid. We’re still going strong, and to know that I’m a part of that is not only humbling but also heartening.
2) What has been your favorite place to visit on Martha’s Vineyard?
So far my favorite place has been a private beach that I have no business visiting. The hardworking owners of said beach have caught me on it a few times but never kicked me off. This really speaks to the kindness of strangers out here on this island, and I’m really thankful for their hospitality. That and, you know, not calling the police.
3) Where is your favorite place to eat on the island?
“The Newes” From America Pub in Edgartown. Great location; great service; great people. Their spinach and artichoke dip brings appetizers to a new level. Plus, Ryan pours a mean root beer. Yeah, that’s right. I said “root beer.”
4) What new habits/hobbies have you picked up or started doing more of since coming to Martha’s Vineyard?
One of the best parts of singing with the Vineyard Sound is that when we’re not rehearsing, performing, or marketing, we’re free to do as we please, and I’ve used that time to restart some habits that died in the stress of a studying for finals this past semester: running a few miles every day, reading whatever book I want, and every once in a while, putting on a really good album. The rest of the guys in the house have yet to see the genius that is Bruce Springsteen, so I’m usually listening with headphones. You have to pick your battles.
5) What is your funniest memory from a concert?
Every once in a while we like to throw each other off during a show by introducing ourselves as someone else in the group. The gentlemen’s agreement is that he whose identity has been temporarily stolen will return the favor to the instigator. A few weeks ago, veteran Alec Saxe introduced himself as our witty and adorably bashful Elliot Daniels, but Elliot retaliated with a hilarious impression of Alec. It’s one of those “had to be there” moments, but the Oak Bluffs crowd found it just as funny as we did!