Daily Archives: October 16, 2013

Cat Cab: Jessie Gorgen Crew

The Jessie Goergen Crew performs on Oct. 10 in the Fred Meyer Lounge. Jessie Goergen is the lead singer of the Jessie Goergen Crew and a Linfield College alumna from 2013. Goergen and the crew sang songs from their new album “Anchor Me Down,” including their originals, “Hooked on You” and “Good Time.”

YuCheng Zhang/Senior photographer

Timberlake’s album is a success

Putting out a second album within less than a year of the first one is a risky decision that Justin Timberlake took on with The 20/20 Experience. The second part was released on Sept. 30.

The former boy-band member debuted at number one on the Billboard Top Rhythm and Blues and Hip Hop Albums.

His first record, The 20/20 Experience, one of two was highly successful and put high pressure on the success of Two of Two.

The album is filled with songs that highlight Timberlake’s unique vocal quality and Rhythm and Blues tone. Artists featured on it include Drake and Jay Z.

Famous music producers, Timberland and Jerome “J-Roc” Harmon helped produce the album.

The first track, “Gimme What I Don’t Know” starts off the record with a sultry vibe with accented percussion in the background.

“True Blood” has the typical J.T. syncopation that makes his music distinct. The hook “I think she’s got that true blood” is very catchy and you will never forget the song once it is over.

“TKO” brings back a lot of the Timberlake from the Justinified album that everyone loves. It has the same feel as “My Love,” but with more of a scratchy effects and heavy drums.

At the end of the track, a breakdown is featured that accents Timberlake’s vocals. This is one of the best tracks on Two of Two.

The leading single for Two of Two is “Take Back the Night.” Its July 13 released helped promote the upcoming album and let the public know that Timberlake had no plans to slow down just yet.

The song’s disco vibe is similar to Michael’s Jackson’s 1979 album, Off the Wall, specifically with the song “Rock With U.” It is about how he is trying to woo his love interest.

The lyrics otherwise are not meant to provoke any special meaning besides supplement the instruments.

“Murder” features Jay Z and its high tempo makes listeners want to continue to hear what is going to happen next. Jay Z’s verse was not up to the standards previous set with his recent release of his album, Magna Carta. His lyrics were not as creative as his normal material and did not showcase him at all.

“Drink You Away” sticks out from the others with a keyboard and tambourine as two of its main instruments. It is different tone than the other tracks but still features Timberlake’s sultry tone.

“Amnesia” has the same tone as “Mirrors” and highlights Timberlake’s vocal range. The song is about a break up and him wanting to forget everything about their relationship.

If you purchase the album, there is also a hidden track called “Pair of Wings.”

The track has a completely different vibe than the rest of the album. Timberlake’s vocals are only supported by a guitar. Its smooth silky tone gives listeners a chance to see a different side of him.

Its metaphorical chorus, “And if I had a pair of wings/ I’d pick you up and fly you far away from here” provides imagery and a dreamy sense to the song.

The 20/20 Experience Two of Two, overall, held to the standards of One of Two. Timberlake made a comeback after his seven-year hiatus that many will admire.

Ivanna Tucker / KSLC Assistant Music Director

Ivanna Tucker can be reached at linfieldreviewculture@gmail.com

Pura Vida serves delicious Latin food

Pura Vida brings a new way of dining to McMinnville. The restaurant serves Latin American style food that leaves customers in complete satisfaction and the urge to become a regular.

The Tacos del Dia, were specially made vegan with a range of vegetables from radishes to mushrooms, carrots and avocados served with a side of black beans.

The Platano Madura, fried plantains, was the perfect add to the meal, providing a warm, lightly fried, sweet and overall outstanding flavor combination.

As customers enjoy delicious Costa Rican food, with art on display and for sale can also be appreciated. One of the most fascinating aspects of the restaurant is that all the art for sale is either work done by Carmen Borrasé, a co-owner of the restaurant, or direct purchases by Borrasé from artists of Costa Rica.

Within the late lunch, early dinner hour, the restaurant was fairly dead but that allowed interpersonal communication with the friendly, intriguing server and other staff members of the restaurant.

The Pura Vida staff all seemingly showed love and gratitude for their job, making the environment sentimental even from an outside perspective.

“I’m able to practice my Spanish while making jokes with the cooks,” said Fern Unfolding, a Linfield alumna and a recent employee of the restaurant. “I’m so glad I found it, because I love it.”

The generosity of the servers cannot be undermined.

Every staff member working showed attentiveness in personal dietary restrictions, whether it is veganism or gluten-intolerance, they want to work together to make sure each customer’s needs are met.

Unfolding showed innovation when speaking with the co-owner Ricardo Antunez, on how to establish an eye-catching way for consumers with dietary restrictions to choose confidently from their menu.

More people need to discover the restaurant because it’s not exclusively about the food, but also the passion and purpose that have been recognized by the employees and owners of Pura Vida.

 

Special Lovincey / Columnist

Special Lovincey can be reached at linfieldreviewculture@gmail.com.

‘Catch -22’ questions decency of war

Books about wars seem to be iconic, perhaps because wars and especially soldiers are supposed to be iconic. War is one of those things that needs to be seen as glorious, because if the public doesn’t see the glory they might start to see the truth.

“Catch-22” by Joseph Heller, questions the decency of war and the decency of those in the war. Soldiers go in looking for glory, but is it glory they find? And is glory ever really worth the travesty of war?

Heller’s soldiers weren’t portrayed as the typical Captain America-esque hero, but rather they were just men, as all soldiers are in the end. They are men torn between wanting to do their duty and desperately wanting to return home.

Essentially, the entire premise of the novel is the main character, Captain John Yossarian of the United States Air Force, attempting to get himself sent home. Initially, Yossarian tries to get sent home the noble way, by flying the required amount of missions, but when the required number keeps becoming higher and higher he has to get creative.

He fakes illnesses and insanity, but none of his schemes earn him an honorable discharge. It is through these attempts that Yossarian first learns of the Catch-22, one specifically being that Yossarian cannot possibly be insane as he claims to be, because anyone who does not want to be in the middle of a war must be sane.

Yossarian was seen as a lunatic for trying so desperately to leave the war zone, but maybe he was merely too sane to be a part of the war.

The character of Yossarian is not necessarily likeable but the reader should be able to understand his motivations. Yossarian is undoubtedly selfish and does not care much for his job or his country, but he does seem to show some care for his fellow soldiers.

The stories of Yossarian’s brothers-in-arms are also highlighted, particularly in the beginning chapters of the novel.

Like, Yossarian, most of them are also trying to get home, however they tend to not be as desperate as him.

The soldiers are all trying to keep their sanity in a time of insanity, and more than that, they are trying to keep their lives. The latter seems to be an unmanageable goal for many in Yossarian’s unit.

Although Yossarian is not overly fond of any of his fellow soldiers, he does have a solid relationship with them, whether that relationship was formed through emotions or merely through his deep-seeded sense of comradery is unclear.

“Catch-22” is definitely an iconic novel and has been since its original publication in 1961; evidence being that the phrase ‘Catch-22’ was coined because of the novel.

What’s interesting about a Catch-22 is that they do not technically exist, except for in the minds of those that it affects. Because of this, there is no way to stop a Catch-22 from occurring.

Paige Jurgensen / Columnist

Paige Jurgensen can be reached at linfieldreviewculture@gmail.com

Linfield ‘Lift Every Voice’ choir concert conveys hope

The songs from the “Lift Every Voice” performance on Oct. 11 all had hope as their common theme.

“We can’t really be without hope…it is universal,” said Anna Song, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities.

“Lift Every Voice” featured the Linfield Concert Choir, the Wildcat Men’s Glee Club and the Women’s Vocal Ensemble.

There were a variety of songs performed in various languages, including English, Indonesian, French and German.

“MLK” was the second song performed of the night by the Wildcat Men’s Glee Club with soloist Ryan Thompson. The song was composed by the band U2 in remembrance of Martin Luther King Jr. on the 50 anniversary of King’s “I Have a Dream Speech.” In the concert’s “Lift Every Voice” program a quote from King is noted: “We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope.”

Another song that was performed was called “Dying Soldier” sung by the Linfield Concert Choir with soloist senior Josef Komarek as the voice of the dying soldier. Originally produced in 1962 by Army Chaplain Rev. L. J. Simpson after his brother was killed at Fort Donelson, Tenn.

According to the concert program the song portrays, “hope that frees the dying soldier to face death easily” at the climax of when the choir repeats the words of the soloist, “because I love Jesus.”

The Linfield Concert Choir also shared the strong emotions that come along with being in love with several song selections from the German composer and pianist, Johannes Brahms. From his collection of songs called “Neue Liebeslieder,” the collection’s name means love songs, and the final piece in the collection “Zum Schluss,” meaning in conclusion, closes the collection.

Projecting the ideas of hope and unification between two lovers after a raging emotional storm between two lovers reflected in the earlier songs.

The concert ended with “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”

“[The song] served to end the concert on an uplifting note,” Song said.

“As it embodies the kind of hope that, shared, will overcome the darkest of circumstances,” Song said. “It was commonly heard as the rallying cry during the Civil Rights Movement and continues to represent the past and present fight against racism and injustice.”

“There were really wonderful solo voices in the choir,” audience member Myrtle Frick said, whose husband Elmer Frick taught in the Linfield mathematics department for 28 years starting in 1957.

Since then, she has gone to many of the music department’s recitals.

“I thought the concert was very moving,” senior Amber Hay said, who went to support her friends in the concert.

“Overall, I was happy to see some of my friends do so well and I am grateful that they have so much support from both the Linfield community and the McMinnville community,” Hay said.

Mariah Gonzales / Culture editor

Mariah Gonzales can be reached at linfieldreviewculture@gmail.com