Head Volleyball Coach Jeff Meeker geeks music and high fidelity sound!
How (and when) did you start geeking music and Hi-Fi?
Growing up I was always involved in music, I sang in the choir, played bass drum in the marching band and remember cranking the soundtrack from “Grease” with my sister when we were young. In high school I was a big into Led Zepplin and The Doors and purchased my first stereo. In college, my first-year RA, Tremier Johnson had the biggest, baddest stereo I had ever seen…I was hooked! He had three 15” woofers and an EQ that “bounced” with the beat. His collection of early Hip-Hop and Rap also made an impact on my musical tastes. In college, I was always the guy picking out the music.
In grad school I began working at a high-end audio store. The most expensive sound-system I ever sold was in the $35,000 price range – talk about high fidelity!
I love music and a great audio system. I like to think I am amateur DJ; my resume includes The Kindergarten Circus, Mini-Relay for Life, graduation parties, friend’s birthday parties and home volleyball matches–impressive huh! My iDJ app on my iPad is pretty sweet.
What is your favorite thing about music?
My favorite thing about Hi-Fi and great music is simply its power to move emotion. Music has the power make you happy, sad, or get you pumped up for a volleyball match. We associate music with events, people or different periods of our lives. I think your musical tastes are a reflection of who you are. One of my favorite memories of our recent volleyball season was during our pre-season retreat. We asked each player to choose an intro song, as if they were a major league baseball player walking to the plate…it was an early glimpse into their personality and a ton of fun! My musical tastes are very diverse, from Flo Rida to Miles Davis, Kool Moe Dee to U2.
What’s one thing you think everyone should know about Hi-Fi?
Vinyl records actually sound way better than your iPod! Music is so much more than the noise in the background while studying, walking to class or working out. If you were to put together a “soundtrack” for your life, what music would you choose?
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