Students were serenaded while eating lunch in the Student Center on Thursday.
Hana Pestle was there performing an all-acoustic show as part of her national tour of college campuses. She performed a mix of both original songs and covers, including “Creep” by Radiohead and “Drive” by Incubus, to a small but captive audience.
After playing “Eyes Wide Open” by Gotye and a few of her own songs, she told the audience about a song she wrote in high school as a last-minute response to the novel, “Lord of the Flies.”
“It was a Sunday night and I hadn’t done anything, so I just decided ‘hey,’ I’ll write a song,” she said. “And I got an A.”
She then played a medley of “Replay” by Sean Kingston, “Paparazzi” by Lady Gaga, “Numb” by Linkin Park, “Hey Soul Sister” by Train and “Forget You” by Cee Lo Green. She also performed a song she wrote about being on the road, in which she says she “wouldn’t trade it for the sky.”
One of her original songs, “Red Death Ball,” was a little different from the others.
“I wrote this song based on an Edgar Allen Poe story, so it turned out a little bit dark,” she said.
Pestle’s shining moment of the afternoon was when she performed “Hallelujah,” originally by Leonard Cohen, which she said is one of her “all-time favorite songs.” Pestle belted out the last part of the song and received her loudest cheers before finishing and taking pictures with students.
Despite the noisy crowd of chattering students in the background, Pestle remained courteous and showed her talent, both in singing and on guitar. While it was a simple performance, Pestle showed that she is certainly not a simple artist.
Here’s a video of Pestle performing “Creep” Thursday.