Brief overview (not my essay, just background info on this): I made up this fingerstyle uke song inspired by marmot hibernation (my topic). Title is called “Proofing” and my logic on the title was that when you proof bread you’re prepping it for baking, similar to a marmot which is that they basically bulk before they hibernate (increase fat storage, gain 2x mass) so both concepts concern investing something towards a final outcome. So basically marmots hibernate like 6-7 months starting at around September and in the beginning I wanted to capture the essence of the marmots bulking and did you know they live in burrows? So one of my inspirations was the LOTR soundtrack/cottagecore music aesthetic kind of/math rock a little bit, just wanted to capture an outdoors adventure vibe kind of. Then I imagined what hibernating sounds like and when they wake up. Played around with the musical motifs a touch to attempt to tell a story.