Senior Brittany Baker, a former Wildcat who transferred to George Fox University, returned to Linfield to perform in a special reunion Cat Cab with friends and former classmates Oct. 4 in the Fred Meyer Lounge.
“I transferred after my sophomore year and it was a really difficult decision, and not one that I wanted to make. Linfield is a really special place to me, and I’m honored that I was asked to come back,” Baker said.
Baker began the performance with senior Geoff Kunita, who accompanied her on the acoustic guitar for a couple of covers, including “That’s What Makes You Beautiful” by One Direction, which the performers encouraged to be an audience sing-along.
Senior Jenny Morgan and freshman Bryce Fechner took the stage to perform two covers together with Morgan on vocals and Fechner on the ukulele. The duo went on to sing “Forced from the Start,” a poignant original by Fechner.
Baker and Kunita returned to the stage to play covers, such as “Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” by U2, “Give Me Your Eyes” by Brandon Heath and the duet “Lucky” by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat.
“At this Cat Cab, I picked songs that mean something to me and speak to me,” Baker said.
Friend and special guest Brett Gray from Western Washington University came to accompany Baker on the acoustic guitar.
“My friend Sara invited me because they needed more people for the show. I thought it would be neat to check out Linfield,” Gray said.
Gray then accompanied senior Sara Lee on stage to perform a cover of Mumford and Sons’ “I Will Wait,” “I Just Saw A Face” by The Beatles, and the duet, “You Don’t Know Me” by Ben Folds and Regina Spektor.
Baker returned to the stage to perform a cover of “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen, which Baker told the audience, “is a little different.”
“My good friend Jenny Morgan and I do a lot of covers of popular songs but neither of us like straightforward covers. We like to change them up and make them our own,” Baker said.
Baker finished the Cat Cab with two solo performances, singing “Oh How He Loves Us” by David Crowder.
“I listen to this song when I’m having a hard time,” Baker said.
“I wanted to do songs that I really connect with because I know that is what makes a great musician,” she said.
For her final performance, Baker sang a cover of “Safe In His Arms” by Milton Brunson.
“I’ve felt really connected to this song, especially over the last two years. Transferring is not easy,” Baker said.
This is Baker’s second Cat Cab, as she performed one as a sophomore before transferring.
“It was a great experience,” Baker said.
The senior studies organizational communication and writing at George Fox University and hopes to work for a philanthropic organization after graduation.