Twin performing duo delivers values through music
Not even the dismal weather could dampen the spirited music resonating from Ice Auditorium on Feb. 25. Twin brothers Caleb and Solomon (Sol) Rexius took the stage with energy. The audience included the Linfield and McMinnville communities that listened attentively as the brothers made jokes and conversed with good humor.
Senior Sierra Stopper organized the event when she heard the twins’ band, Caleb and Sol. She said she first heard about Caleb and Sol from her sister when the group performed a live concert at her high school.
“The idea took off after [I returned from studying abroad in Spain] and it became beyond what I originally thought. It was in September; I was thinking of events for Salt-n-Light and thinking of a way to bring both the concert and community at once.”
To fund the event, Stopper spoke to Campus Ministry, Director of College Activities Dan Fergueson, Associated Students of Linfield College and junior Nic Miles, the Linfield Activities Board Musical Entertainment Chair.
Miles said he and Stopper decided to go through with it because there was an opportunity to work with another group and work with people outside of Cat Cab and to invite a different crowd.
The Rexius’ music is primarily Christian but also includes recitation, pop and rap genres. Although their music is based on their Christian faith, Caleb said he believes their music connects to all beliefs, as their songs pertain to love, faith and hardship.
Both singers are inspired by their faith as well as other musicians and “personal experiences or experiences from people we know,” Sol said in an e-mail.
Included in their group are violinist and vocalist Marisa Frantz, lead guitarist, Scott Frantz and drummer Hunter Gray, all of whom provide an additional layer to Caleb and Sol’s harmonic voices.
To expand to the genre of the music, the Rexius brothers took the stage by rapping, which received enthusiastic responses. At one point they engaged the audience by having it ask questions.
One student asked whether he could marry the brother, and Sol replied, “I can’t tell you, and I won’t tell you.”
The concert received enthusiastic feedback from audience members who deemed the concert “pretty good.”
Senior Karina Grant esteemed the band as a “very talented group of musicians.”
“I enjoyed the be-bopping and the rapping,” Grant said.
Junior Keith Mader also commented on the performance.
“I thought they were really good. I checked out the music before, and they are really cool guys,” he said.
In their song “Burn,” Caleb took the lead playing the acoustic guitar. His voice carried a melodic, essence-filled tone. In another, Sol recited a small speech, accompanied by a mournful violin played by Frantz and the crystalline tone of the keyboard played by Caleb.
Sol said the speech was about “how Jesus is better than anything, better than achievements. He should be our ultimate pursuit.”
Toward the end of the concert, the band showed “Barabbas” a film illustrating the Christian Gospel. Sol said the clip tells a story about a prisoner who was set free. Although the prisoner was guilty, Jesus took his place and was crucified instead.
To add to their repertoire of songs, they also sang their best-selling single “Afloat.” The inspirational and expressive composition is based on the biblical story of Peter who walks on water with Jesus. The twins’ songs were lyrical and artistically sung with zest and passion.
Originally dedicated to sports in high school and at the University of Oregon, the Rexius twins said in an e-mail that they decided to concentrate on music and ministry instead.
The balancing act between their career and daily life proves to be one of the biggest obstacles for both twins.
One of the questions from the audience was ‘‘when did the band get their inspiration?’’ Caleb answered: “We share song writing. We write songs on our own then share ideas.”
Caleb and Sol’s surprising success as musicians led them to perform publicly and release their 1999 debut album “Afloat.”
“Good songs just happen. They come naturally as I’m playing piano or guitar and letting my mind wander,” Sol said in an e-mail. “I can’t think of any other way our music has evolved.”
For more information about Caleb and Sol’s music, visit the band’s web site at www.calebandsol.com.
Yoko Gardiner/For the Review
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