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Teen musician has unique talent

When I listen to songs that are penned and sung by teenage artists, I’m in awe. They possess an ability and talent that I wish to have.

Singer, songwriter and musician Garrett J. Brown bursts into the music scene with his debut album “Priorities” was released on June 21, 2011.

Having an ear for music, Brown wrote his own lyrics and taught himself how to play piano, harmonica and guitar at a young age.

Hailing from Vermont, Brown earned his first big break when he won the 2009 Burlington First Night Rising Star Talent Search with “Passerby,” which is included on his album.

He also was named “Artist with the most potential” after performing at the Hard Rock Café in Boston.

“Tuesday” both opens the album and introduces a young Garrett J. Brown to the music world. Brown utters “we are who we are and there’s no changing that,”which assures listeners of a self-aware artist who is grateful for his opportunities thus far.

“Kickback” is a catchy and upbeat tune that will have friends tapping their feet.

Brown’s confidence comes through as he confesses, “I don’t have much to say, but it don’t matter when you figure out what you’re going to do.”

“House of Cards,” titled before the hit Netflix original show, is a highlight on the album as it integrates saxophone with a Hawaiian-esque melody.

Echoing the musical style of Jack Johnson and Jason Mraz, Brown delivers an inviting sound of upbeat percussions and enthralling ballads.

Brown aims to please crowds of all kinds as his sincere lyrics resonate to audiences of all ages.

In the self-titled track, Brown demonstrates his maturity in his song writing as he sings, “it’s not the stages you’re in, the places you’re in or the people you’re with, it’s what you’re feeling.”

Mastered and produced by Jeff Lipton and Robert Loyot, Brown’s “Priorities” delivers an essence of folk, rock and jazz for a versatile crowd.

The production team somehow creates an intriguing balance of Drums, guitars, harmonicas and saxophones, which distinguish Garrett J. Brown from other 17-year-old musicians.

Brown closes his album with a relaxing acoustic tune, which includes lyrics that demonstrate a social need for change.

Though some of his lyrics are clichéd, Brown offers an interesting sound for musicians his age that are not commonly heard of on the radio.

Garrett J. Brown’s “Priorities” is available for download on iTunes.

You can also check out “Priorities” on KSLC 90.3 FM and listen online at www.linfield.edu/kslcfm.

Vanessa So / KSLC Music Director

Vanessa So can be reached at linfieldreviewculture@gmail.com

 

Artist sways listeners with soft tunes

Simple, soft vocals ooze on each track of Missy Higgins’ “On A Clear Night” album.

The Australian pop, indie artist released it in 2007 following the success of “The Sound of White.”

Higgins has a vocal quality that is similar to Sara Bareilles and Christina Perri. Her soft sentimental tone meshes well with the instruments used on each track.

Over the course of six months, she spent time gaining inspiration from Broome, Western Australia.

Some of the tracks reflect the landscapes she witnessed and also contains some songs about past relationships.

“Where I Stood” opens with Higgins’ ballad-like, deep tone sitting nicely on top of simple piano chords. Drums lightly join in and allow Higgins’ vocals to shine.

The chorus “Cause I don’t know who I am, who I am without you” draws listeners in and showcases a sense of desperation that many feel in the mist of a break up.

This is one of the best tracks on the album and has been featured on ABC Family’s “Pretty Little Liars” and Lifetime’s “The Client List.”

“100 Rounds The Bend” gave the album a nice change of pace that showcases Higgins’ range and her versatility.

The third track and her first single off the album “Steer” reflects her love for her country and how she admires the Broome beach at night.

It features more high-pitch vocals than the other songs and has an upbeat tempo that makes the song very catchy to listen to.

 Even though it is more on the fast side, Higgins’ maintains the acoustic vibe that she tends to stick with throughout the album.

Inspired by her second breakup with her ex-boyfriend, “Peachy” shows a darker side of Higgins’ and is one of the shorter songs on the album.

“It’s all those mind games you play with someone you’ve just broken up with,” Higgins said to the Herald Sun. “They’re pretending they’ve moved on; you’re pretending you have, too, but neither of you has. It’s ridiculous.”

The album closes out with “Forgive Me” which is a ballad that everyone can easily connect to and her vocals are accented well with just a guitar backing her up.

“On A Clear Night” is perfect for people who just need something to listen to while they just want to reflect and think about life.

It’s smooth quality is something mainstream indie-pop is missing. Some of the tracks do lack depth but overall it is worth a listen.

Higgins last released an album in 2012 called “The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle.”

Ivanna Tucker / KSLC Assistant

Music Director

Ivanna Tucker can be reached at linfieldreviewculture@gmail.com

 Photo courtesy of missyhiggins.com

Artist encourages students to express themselves

Hsueh Wei is a local Oregon artist whose artwork showcases self-exploration and realization. Wei presented a collage of selfportraits that she did between the age of 12 and 22 years old.

“After coming to America, I realized that my identity and beauty is the construction of my race,” Wei said. An “art talk” called “Transparent or Not” was held by Wei on Sept. 4 in the Vivian Bull Music Center. The talk was followed by a showcase of Wei’s artwork in Miller Fine Arts Center. Wei’s gallery consisted of multiple works and photographs based on self-expression. A portion of the gallery focused on an old method of Chinese medicine called Cupping Therapy, which is used to relieve bodily tension. She learned this practice while growing up in Taiwan.

“I have [a] desire to express my Chinese self,” Wei said.

Wei was born and raised in Taiwan.

“I am a descendant of Chinese immigrants from China,” Wei said. “I look different and sound different than the Taiwanese.”

She received her bachelor degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and obtained her master degree in art photography from Syracuse University. Wei is also a professor at Pacific Northwest College of Art.

“I think Wei’s photographs of the Cupping Therapy are a unique way of showing the historical significance of her culture,” audience member Dan Hellinger said.

Wei also displayed another set of photographs that contrasted with her pictures of Chinese self-expression. These photographs were of opaque socks on women’s feet. The socks are worn by mostly lower-class Chinese women who have the belief that the socks are transparent.

“It represents Chinese philosophy of contradiction between opaque and transparent, [the Chinese] find a way to have [the two terms] coexist,” Wei said. “To believe that something is transparent when it is not is delusional.”

Wei also discussed the differences between the American and Chinese cultures. American artists create artwork that stands out, which reflects individuality in the culture. However, Chinese culture is more collective and unified which is reflected in the art. Wei said that she learned Chinese art in school by copying her teachers and doing exactly what they did. Wei attempts to create portraits that do not portray negative messages, but instead expresses the differences between her two cultures.

“I liked how she portrayed strong passion about her culture and showed it in her artwork,” junior Isabella Porporato said.

Mariah Gonzales / Culture editor

Mariah Gonzales can be reached at linfieldreviewculture@gmail.com