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Equipped with her guitar and pleasurable attitude, Penner will lure you track-by-track with her fanciful voice and innocent lyrics that are warm and uplifting.
The singer-songwriter from Los Angeles grew up in Hawaii and her joyous tones evoke a surplus of warmth that she has acquired and embraced throughout her life.
“Life is Rosy” is an up-tempo track that undoubtedly exemplifies her contagious affirmative tone. Her voice is coincidently original and comfortable, all while maintaining a reassuring harmony that could be known from a long-time friend.
Her talents naturally create a light, airy atmosphere that will leave a welcomed lasting impression. Humorous and honest lyrics will hit close to home drawing you even closer to her blissful presence.
What she refers to as her “sassy” song, “I Won’t Change” expresses her tribulations concerning a nonconforming relationship. Her insight is sincere, relatable and nevertheless fun. With optimism like hers, you might feel as though there is never a bad day with Penner.
Many of her songs are about her experiences with an array of relationships from friends to lovers. With her open outlook on life, she is equipped to take anything in stride and prepared to share her experiences through her work.
“Bring Me the Sunshine” is a testimonial to her free-spirited motives that anyone would find contagious. Her voice and heart are open and ready to be absorbed. With a spacious voice she may be soft around the edges, but she is ready to express and be heard.
Penner is an absolute delight and “Growing in the Cold” is an ideal extension of her grace. Simple and down-to-earth, she knows how to be true and personable in her work.
Her voice is one you don’t want to miss out on. Since signing her first record deal at the age of 16, she has continued to develop her resume, which includes features in advertising campaigns, movies and television shows. She is sure to continue to expand her name and surpass any foreseen boundaries.
Make sure to tune in to listen to Jess Penner on KSLC 90.3 FM to experience her outreaching talent. You can also listen online at www.linfield.edu/kslcfm.
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Singer-song writer Jess Penner strummed acoustic guitar and sang at an intimate Cat Cab on April 5 as a part of a small tour, but she can’t remember the first time she performed a song.
Penner said that one of her friends from kindergarten recently dug up a cassette recording of Penner’s first grade promotion ceremony. When they listened to the old recording, Penner’s singing was the only recognizable voice in the crowd.
“You could clearly distinguish me from everyone else,” Penner said. “It was this ridiculous vibrato voice. But you could tell I loved what I was doing.”
It’s always been like that for Penner. Music has continually filled the cracks in her life.
She learned to play guitar when she was about 12, melding her constant stream of singing with the sounds of acoustic chords.
Her music life became more serious when she was 14 when she started a band with a boy she met in high school.
Not long after the duo began performing, they were offered a record label from a Los Angeles-based recording studio. Some of their songs also began appearing on small radio stations.
This led Penner to tour from when she was 16 to 21.
She didn’t attend college because of the large amount of time she had to devote to driving from one place to another, performing with her two band mates.
“My college experience turned out to be smelly: hours in a van with two boys,” Penner said.
Now, Penner is married and spends most of her time composing songs and playing local shows in Los Angeles.
She isn’t part of a band anymore, which she said she considers freeing in many ways.
“It’s great not to have to worry about other people and how their ambitions and dreams fit with yours,” she said. “But I do miss having the collaborative creative effort that working with other people offered.”
Even though she mostly plays solo now, Penner said that she enjoys the assistance of her husband, who is a drummer.
He is an engineer, but he spends a significant amount of time playing drums and assisting Penner with her recordings.
She said that she appreciates their shared interest in music, but that she is glad that she is the only lead singer and guitarist in the relationship.
“We don’t compete,” she said. “We work as a team, and all we do is music. I couldn’t do what I do without him, and he couldn’t do what he does without me.”
When Penner isn’t playing local shows, she sets aside consistent times to write songs.
“If you’re going to make music your business, you have to run it like a business,” she said.
Penner said that her song-writing process involves lots of sitting at the table, staring into space and waiting for lyrics to start streaming though her mind.
“I would say that my writing process is very mysterious,” she said. “It’s different every time and I don’t really know how it happens. Mostly, it’s just about being available and making time to create.”
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For some people, music is more than a form of entertainment—it also plays an important role in the medical field.
Linfield alumna Heidi Edmonds presented “What is Music Therapy?” in Delkin Hall on April 4, explaining how and why different groups of patients can benefit from music.
Music can improve cognition and respiratory strength, along with communication and expression. With dancing, it can also benefit one’s physical ability. These qualities can help maintain the brain’s performance when treating patients at all stages of dementia.
Music therapy can improve one’s reality orientation and give the person a sense of control. These qualities can be used to treat patients with mental health problems, such as mental disorder, depression, eating disorders or schizophrenia.
The therapy can be engaging and interactive. When demonstrating how the social interaction and communication goals can be achieved when treating patients with autism, Edmonds invited six students to play tone bars with her. They took turns playing the single-pitch musical instrument and had to signal the next student to make a sound by looking into that student’s eyes. In real-life treatments, patients are encouraged to interact with people through non-verbal communication.
In the medical setting, music therapy is mostly one-on-one. Sometimes family members of the patient may also participate.
Musical therapists may follow a patient through various wards of the hospital to address different needs.
The therapy can also act as a co-treatment to distract or relax patients undergoing unpleasant medical procedures like chemotherapy. This is supported by the gate control theory of pain, which suggests that pain and music travel in the same pathway in the body and with music, there will be less room for the intake of pain.
There are also other theories supporting music therapy. One is the theory of music and speech pathways, which suggests that music and speech travel in different pathways, thus, patients with damaged speech ability can learn to speak through singing. Another is entrainment, which synchronizes music with heart rate. The music is then slowed down to lower the heart rate.
Edmonds, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in music in 2010, is a senior studying music therapy at Marylhurst University.
She enjoys working with people and said she thinks that music therapy is a way to “combine music knowledge with the interest in helping people.”
For Linfield students who are interested in the field, Edmonds advised them to consult the website of American Music Therapy Association for information of the programs available.
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The Linfield Concert Choir used its recent tour of New Mexico and Arizona as more than just an opportunity to sing, but an opportunity to grow.
“Tour was many things, but most of all, it was a journey the students and I embarked on together filled with opportunities to make music together and share the joy of singing with others who love to sing, as well as those who do not have easy access to live music,” said Anna Song, choir director and assistant professor of music. “There were opportunities to grow musically, emotionally, spiritually, and as an ensemble, and opportunities to represent Linfield in a different part of the country.”
The choir toured Phoenix, Prescott, Sedona, Winslow and Window Rock in Arizona and Albuquerque and Santa Fe in New Mexico.
Sophomore and Concert Choir Secretary Jaimie McDonald said that the most valuable experience she had during tour was visiting a rehabilitation center in Sedona, Ariz.
“Mostly for older adults with medical rehabilitation needs, the rehab center was a very quiet place,” McDonald said. “When we performed, you could just feel the energy in the room brighten up, and the smiles on the patients’ faces were huge. It was so special to bring joy to their lives through music.”
McDonald said that bringing happiness to the audience is what the choir tries to do every time they perform.
“One of the best things about being a service-based choir is the giving of oneself to others and also having the joys we give multiplied and returned to us,” McDonald said.
The tour concluded with its last performance at Linfield in the Ice Auditorium on April 4.
The performance opened with a showing of a video made by Jeremy Moll that documented the eight days the choir spent on tour. It chronicled the choir’s activities and performances, and it depicted the contagious joy and positive energy of the members of the choir and the people they came in contact with.
When reflecting on the tour, McDonald said, “My favorite part of choir tour was the opportunity to form deeper connections with my peers who I may not have known as well prior to tour.”
“Although it is a choir tour, it is much more than just about singing,” Song said. “The purpose of the annual trip is to transform the world around us with the beauty of music and to be transformed through the music and through all those we encounter along the way.”
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A California acting troupe challenged society’s views on homosexuality and Proposition 8 April 5 in the Pioneer Reading Room.
The interACT Performance Troupe from California State University Long Beach presents performances across the country on various topics, such as sexual assault and racism, to bring awareness to students about issues that are difficult to address.
In a performance called “Say What You Really Want To Say,” the actors explained that homophobia is everywhere and the problems cannot be ignored.
“There are people out there who don’t have a voice, and we need to be that voice. It’s important that someone takes a stand for the rights of other people. There are people being oppressed every day,” actor Timothy Maurer said. “There are hate crimes and people losing their lives over this just because they were born the way they were. If we don’t do anything about it and sit in silence, we’re just as guilty as the person who raises their fist.”
Using actual entries from their student journals as a script, the actors brought up issues such as homophobia, gay marriage, bullying, coming out and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersexed and queer (LGBTIQ) rights.
When the troupe decided to work with homosexuality, they all had a difficult time figuring out where to begin in tackling the issues. Through nameless journal entries, they were able to sort out their opinions and form a basis of where to start. When the students got the entries back, no one wanted to admit to their anonymous opinions. Everyone in the troupe had differing views, some heavily clashing with others.
“Our goal with every performance is to be true to the story, because if we’re true to the story of what happened between everyone in the troupe and expose these issues, we will make that kind of change within the audience members.”
After the scripted portion, the performers depicted possible situations and confrontations and invited the audience members to intervene and change the outcomes.
“It was powerful, because it confronted some of the very ugly parts of real life in an abrupt way, and sometimes that’s what we need to wake up or to evoke more action where we know it is needed,” sophomore Jessica Harper said. “It was personal and extremely open. The fact that the script was pulled from authentic journal entries made it so relevant, and the audience participation made me as a watcher and learner feel more connected to the performers.”
Marc Rich, director of the interACT Performance Troupe, said that crowd interaction added to the authenticity of the show.
“We work incredibly hard with rehearsals because we want the show to be excellent and authentic,” Rich said. “From an audience perspective, I really want people to move from that passive role to that active role by critically thinking about the issues. This is real people’s voices being performed and I want people to realize that they can intervene.”
The Department of Theatre and Communication Arts, Multicultural Programs, Fusion and the Office of Academic Affairs sponsored this performance at Linfield.
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