The Inkblot

Vinyls and record players have been making a comeback in the lives of teenagers.

The resurgence of vinyl records

Alisa Kharod and Maxine Zahler March 31, 2023

While technology today is more advanced than ever, teenagers are reverting to old ways of listening to music; vinyl, cassettes and other older analog media trends that lost popularity in the early 2000s...

CHS seniors of the Class of 2023 spin vinyl during their lunch period.

New senior hallway ritual is one for the record books

Stella Feinstein and Maxine Zahler March 31, 2023

If you have heard your parents’ favorite song from the 80’s while strolling through the halls lately, the music is probably coming from the new record player set up in the senior hallway. Senior...

Junior James Matthews of Middletown performs at The Stone Pony on March 4 in Asbury Park, NJ.

From CHS cafeteria to The Stone Pony, Matthews of Exit 109 rocks the stage

Ori Rosmarin March 31, 2023

At 3 p.m. on March 4, 2023, junior and bassist James Matthews of Middletown was able to utter words previously spoken by New Jersey legends such as Bruce Springstein, Frankie Valli and Jon Bon Jovi: “Welcome...

Sophomore Tanner Grigoli of Ocean plays the guitar CHS Coffeehouse 2021.

Grigoli plays to the TikTok beat

Ori Rosmarin November 23, 2022

Every time sophomore Tanner Grigoli of Ocean posts a TikTok, he’s bombarded with a plethora of comments ranging from “Wow you sound like an angel” to “I think I just fell in love.” Grigoli’s...

Anderson .Paak performs in Oslo, Norway in 2016. Photo licensed
under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

R&B duo Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak start on a high note

Charlie Raynor January 28, 2022

After conquering almost every sector of modern pop and R&B music, Bruno Mars enlisted longtime friend and tourmate Anderson .Paak for their newest project — ”An Evening with Silk Sonic.” The...

Many music venues are
requiring proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 tests
while the coronavirus still spreads.

Music venues across the country preaching to the choir in struggle to enforce vaccination guidelines

Lily Howard September 17, 2021

With the authorization of the COVID-19 vaccine, many people are starting to feel safe returning to public gatherings and hoping to get back to the normalcy of the pre-pandemic world. However, many music...

Songs in Sonic Blumes debut album “We’re Drifting Further Apart, Aren’t We?” have many students wanting to get up and dance.

Review: Indie dream pop band Sonic Blume releases new album

Katherine Manatos September 17, 2021

“I wrote you a song, I swear this one’s the best, but you didn’t like it so it’s trash with rest.” Indie dream pop band Sonic Blume released their debut album “We’re Drifting Further Apart,...

Although the new music streaming services produce less plastic, greenhouses gases are produced to such an extent that it causes discussions on the whether there is still hope for other music listening materials.

With streaming music comes unexpected environmental pitfalls

Keira MacDermott May 5, 2021

Rather than loading up on plastic and vinyl records only to use them once in a while, most people have made the choice to have constant access to their favorite songs. However, recent studies suggest that...

TikTok provides access to millions of videos and songs.

Tiktok has hold on the music industry

Katherine Manatos March 12, 2021

The music industry, as well as music consumption, has changed drastically due to TikTok’s influence on listeners and producers. Through 15-60 second videos, TikTok appeals to the short attention span...

A survey of 54 students from Feb. 3 to
Feb. 10.

Is original art an abstract idea?

Adina Saks March 12, 2021

Students at CHS, many being artistically and musically gifted, would agree that art can be a means to portray oneself honestly. As freshman Anna Lindberg of Keansburg says, “I think the true purpose...

Artists are met with creative decisions on their work due to monetary issues.

Artists must choose to create for their audience or for themselves

Nicola DeGregorio and Isabella Ji January 19, 2021

The compulsive draw of publicity and making money disturbs the world of artistry, making artists question their motive to create: for themselves or for their audience. Though it is possible for an artist...

Skolnick’s grandmother dances to Czech Polka songs at a recent wedding.

Music can benefit patients living with dementia and Alzheimer’s

Sam Skolnick January 19, 2021

My grandmother, Cleanor Skolnick, was diagnosed with dementia seven years ago, and she slowly has begun to forget memories, places and even me. Yet, there is one thing that she always seems to remember,...

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