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1 in 300: Williams tunes into passion

1 in 300: Williams tunes into passion

Will McHale

March 9, 2020

Junior Madeline Williams of Wall began playing the cello when she was just nine years old. Although it may be an unusual choice for a fourth grade pastime, she was inspired by her mother. “My mom played the cello, so she really wanted me to play it too,” Williams said. However, she quickly devel...

Eminem impresses, but perplexes, in new album

Eminem impresses, but perplexes, in new album

Luke Latorre and Will McHale

March 9, 2020

On Jan. 17, one of the best selling artists of the century surprised listeners with a new, 20-song album. The release of “Music to be Murdered By,” the 11th studio album by Eminem, left many conflicted, asking: who wants a new Eminem album in 2020? While “Music to be Murdered By” is easil...

Older generations wrongfully criticize rising pop culture

Older generations wrongfully criticize rising pop culture

Vaughn Battista

March 9, 2020

The term “born in the wrong generation” has come to encapsulate a pervasive mentality about modern art. There is a consistent notion that pop culture is simply worse than it once was, becoming more homogenous and corporate than ever before. But this sentiment lacks any serious evidence behind it ...

Older musicians regain popularity through new music, collaborations

Older musicians regain popularity through new music, collaborations

Carla Vreeland

January 17, 2020

“Getting an audience is hard. Sustaining an audience is hard. It demands a consistency of thought, of purpose, and of action over a long period of time,” Bruce Springsteen once said. Springsteen is one of the few musicians who has maintained popularity throughout his entire career. Along with...

Message of suicide in music sparks controvery

Message of suicide in music sparks controvery

Rebecca Heath

September 13, 2019

On Oct. 26, 1984, 19-year-old John McCollum was found dead in his home from a self-inflicted gunshot wound while listening to Ozzy Osbourne’s album, “Blizzard of Oz.” With lyrics such as “Suicide is the only way out” and “Get the gun and try it,” his family alleged that one of the album...

Time to face the music: does music distract or aid students in their work?

Time to face the music: does music distract or aid students in their work?

Ella Lukowiak

June 20, 2019

Whether it’s curled up at home, reading a book while soothing music echoes through the speakers, or in a classroom, trying to squeeze out another page of a paper while drowning in the rhythm of rock and roll, people are constantly surrounded and impacted by music with the average person streaming mu...

Music therapy helps patients to cope with their mental illnesses

Music therapy helps patients to cope with their mental illnesses

Rebecca Heath

January 25, 2019

When it comes to mental illness, most think of medication and talk therapy as typical forms of treatment. But, a new and vastly different approach has recently gained notoriety, supplementing what is known as standard regimen. This practice is known as music therapy. Music therapy is the use of music in a thera...

Kendrick Lamar steals the show and stirs controversy with music Pulitzer Prize win

Kendrick Lamar steals the show and stirs controversy with music Pulitzer Prize win

Kaitlyn Hammond

September 14, 2018

The prestigious Pulitzer Prize is often associated with extraordinary works of journalism and literature, awarded to the most influential pieces of the year. When the Pulitzer Prize Board announced the music category winner to be Kendrick Lamar earlier this year, controversy stirred among classical compose...

Radio stays relevant, keeps up with evolving technology

Radio stays relevant, keeps up with evolving technology

Jacynth Apora and Rebecca Heath

May 4, 2018

The use of traditional radio seems to be decreasing as alternatives such as Spotify, iTunes, podcasts and more grow. But, studies show that traditional radio remains popular, with 42,940,000 Americans still listening to radio stations of Cumulus Media Holdings Inc, a radio broadcasting stations company, ...

Battle of the Bands rocks CHS

Battle of the Bands rocks CHS

Kyle Galvin

March 31, 2018

The Class of 2018 hosted their second Battle of the Bands fundraiser on Friday, Mar. 23. The show featured performances from six bands, with The James Sleeman Trio winning the event and High Steaks winning the Fan Favorite vote. Ticket sales for the event suffered due to two snow days just before the day ...

Summer 2018 Signifies the End of Warped Tour

Summer 2018 Signifies the End of Warped Tour

Khushi Kadakia

January 12, 2018

Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman announced to Twitter followers on Wednesday, Nov. 15 that Warped Tour’s 24th run next summer will be its last. Lyman is ending the tour because he recently found it difficult to compete with other music festivals, according to Spin.com. He noted that ticket sales hav...

Musical Mindful Mondays serenade CHS

Musical Mindful Mondays serenade CHS

Bella Reilly

December 4, 2017

There is a new way for CHS students to display their talent that will continue for the month of December. Musical Mindful Mondays, started by fitness teacher Ginny Clevenger, began on December 4. The event is every Monday of December during lunch. Clevenger described this as, “a time and a place for s...

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