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Social movements are apparent in music

Political Movements take many forms. Political movements form to respond or originate from something popular that has been occurring for centuries.

This form is demonstrated through a piece of musical composition that a composer or artist writes that is intended to spark interest in a topic or is in response to a political action.

There are countless examples of this in all genres of musical literature.

An example in today’s music industry is the release of Jay Z’s latest album, “Magna Carta Holy Grail” one of the most popular tracks “Holy Grail,” that features Justin Timberlake, is encoded with many messages.

It discusses the challenges of fame that all celebrities face.

Jay Z mentions Mike Tyson and M.C. Hammer in his song lyrics as two examples of what the media and fame have done to them.

Kanye West, and his hit song in collaboration with Jay Z, “No Church in the Wild” is another example of the power of lyrics.

This song challenges traditional views of religious worship.

Though rap is sometimes looked at as the “low brow” end of music, the lyrics in songs are thought out and powerful.

The Beatles culture brought about and contributed to the civil rights and teenage rebellion seen in the 1960s- to 70s.

They were not socially accepted in the United States when they first became popular but overtime began to be one the most popular bands of the century.

In today’s music scene, people don’t tend to associate political and social beliefs to the compositions of classical composer such as Beethoven and Sibelius.

Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture was written for Heinrich Joseph von Collin’s tragedy, titled “Coriolan.” Gaius Marcius Coriolanus Coriolan was an ancient Roman leader.

Often classical composers were commissioned to write works for political figures and monarchies.

Sibelius’s Overture “Scenes historiques I, Opus 25” is a composition reflecting the turbulent history of Finland.

In her article, Glenda Gloss argues that this work by Sibelius was written in a “time when Finland was an autonomous Grand Duchy of the Russian Empire”.

“As the Finns ‘awakened’ politically, their artistic life flourished in reciprocal fashion,” Gloss said in the article Jean Sibelius and Finland’s Awakening. Gloss is a professor of music history at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland.

There are many views and ideas expressed through music. Some are hundreds of years old while others are in response to pop culture today.

It is important for audiences today to understand and appreciate the significance of lyrics and compositions from today’s music and older music to understand the ideas and messages the artist or composer is presenting.

Jonathan Williams / Opinion editor

Jonathan Williams can be reached at linfieldreviewopinion@gmail.com


Kings of Leon releases new, vibrant album

After a three-year hiatus, Kings of Leon return to the music scene with “Mechanical Bull.”

I remember when I first heard “Supersoaker” a couple of months ago and thought, this sounds like the old Kings of Leon.

Of course, this is a compliment to the Nashville-based band who are 13-year veterans in the music industry.

Kings of Leon are a Grammy award-winning band that formed in Nashville, Tenn. in 1999. Brothers Caleb, Nathan and Jared Followill comprise the band as well as their cousin Cameron Followill.

Though Kings of Leon gained early and critical recognition around 2003 with their track, “Use Somebody” it became a smash hit for mainstream radio and earned the band three Grammy awards. “Mechanical Bull” is King of Leon’s first studio album in three years after the release of “Come Around Sundown” in 2010, which received mixed reviews.

“Mechanical Bull” offers a sound with more vibrancy and urgency that will please both longtime and new fans of the band.

After experimenting with different sounds in their last couple of albums, Kings of Leon makes “Mechanical Bull” a back-to-basics type album reassuring fans that they are still the classic-rock band that most fans grew to like with their fourth studio album, “Only by the Night.”

Kings of Leon creates a diverse sound that suits all ears.

The band provides the rocker, heavy-tempo beats with “Don’t Matter” and “Tempo” and the midtempos such as “Rocky City” and “Tonight.”“Supersoaker” kicks off “Mechanical Bull,” the band’s sixth studio album, with a track that is an homage to their longtime fans.

The band released the track in July and it has a nice summer vibe that perfectly transitions into the fall season.

While “Mechanical Bull” includes songs that people could embrace, clap and shout to in an arena, the album takes a few turns that tug on some hearts.

Caleb gently sings “love don’t mean nothing/unless there’s something worth fighting for” in “Beautiful War,” a gorgeous and subtle ballad.

Another ballad, “Wait for Me,” has Caleb repeating the chorus enough times to create an emotional impact that will entice listeners and leave them wanting more.

Though the album includes the track “Comeback Story,” don’t expect the band to offer apologies and beg to get in people’s good graces.

Caleb sings that he’s got the “comeback of a lifetime/ I walk a mile in your shoes/ And now I’m a mile away/And I’ve got your shoes.”

Kings of Leon’s standard and deluxe version of “Mechanical Bull” are available for download on iTunes.

Vanessa So / KSLC Music Director

Vanessa So can be reached at linfieldreviewculture@gmail.com

Kaiser Chiefs, the new British invasion

Vocalist Ricky Wilson, guitarist Andrew White, Bassist Simon Rix, keyboard player Nick Baines and drummer Vijay Mistry joined forces in 1996 to create the British indie rock band, Kaiser Chiefs.

Inspired by New Wave and punk rock music of the 1970s and 1980s, the Kaiser Chiefs have released four albums over the last eight years.

They also have released one EP in 2005 and a compilation album that was released in 2012.

Their 2005 album, “Employment” sold more than three million copies and won three British music awards.

From the years of 2005 to 2013, the band has had multiple top 40 hits in the United Kingdom.

The members of the Kaiser Chiefs have been friends for quite some time. Hodgson, Baines and Rix all met in the same class at around 11 years old.

After their first band Runston Parva failed to secure any record deals in the UK.

After hiring a new manager, the band changed their name to Kaiser Chiefs and started to produce new songs.

Early in their career the band remained relatively outside of the UK. T

his all changed in 2004 when the band performed at a music festival in Moscow.

After the festival, they became involved in the NME Awards Tour at the beginning 2004 as an opening act.

The band’s new position as an opening act helped them gain more media attention.

In August 2006, the band released a book entitled, “A Record of Employment.”

The book documented their rise from an unsigned band to winning awards for “Best British Band,” “Best Rock Act” and “Best New Artist.”

Shortly after their book, the band released a DVD that covered the process of their first album release.

In August of 2012, the band hit one of their highest notes when the Chiefs were featured in the closing ceremonies of the London Summer Olympics; they played the song “Pinball Wizard” by The Who.

The Kaiser Chiefs feature the classic indie rock style along with some good up-tempo rock and roll.

Listeners can hear their 2008 album “Off with Their Head” by tuning into KSLC 90.3 FM McMinnville.

For more information contact Jerry Young at jyoung@linfield.edu.

Jerry Young / KSLC General Manager

Jerry Young can be reached at linfieldreviewculture@gmail.com

Photo courtesy of kaiserchiefs.com


Choir soloists present Liederabend for students

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Logan Mays performs “O wüsst’ ich doch den Weg zurüuck” by Johannes Brahms during Liederabend. Choir students performed songs in a variety of languages.

Members from the Linfield Concert Choir sang solos of songs that related to love and intimacy at Liederabend: An Evening of Art Song on Wednesday, Oct. 16.

“Lieder began around the break of the 19th century when music became intimate,” Anton Belov, an assistant professor of the music department said. “[And] Lieder simply means song.”

The event was prepared by Belov and Natalie Gunn, professor in the music department.Piano jpeg

Liederabend is German for a recital, but is also signifies an evening of song.

It is a traditional that stems from the 19th century in Vienna, Austria.

A liederabend takes place in an intimate atmosphere like a living room or grandeur of a concert hall.

The songs performed were all in different languages including German, French, Spanish and Italian.

“Since art song as a genre is primarily focused on entertaining the middle classes, composers wrote about themes that would be more universal, such as love and the loss of it,” junior and soprano in the choir Delaney Bullinger said.

Each soloist was accompanied on the piano by Susan McDaniel, who is new faculty member the music department.

Before each song the soloist would recite a quote in English related to the subject of the song. From these songs the audience could get a sense of each song’s meaning and significance.

“The world is going into slumber, but the pain in my heart never sleeps,” senior Gulfem Tornular said, a mezzo-sporano in the Concert Choir who sang “Gestillte Sehnsucht” by Johannes Brahms.

McDaniel accompanied Tornular on the piano and senior Tabitha Gholi on the violin.

There was also a humorous quote recited by Bullinger before she sang the song “Quel Galant M’est Comparable” by Maurice Ravel, who was a French composer in the late 19th and early 18th centuries.

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Senior Gulfem Tornular performs “Gestillte Sehnsucht” by Austrian composer Johanes Brahms, accompanied by junior Tabitha Gholi on the Violin and Susan McDaniel, principal staff accompanist, on the piano.

“Look at me. I’m the most handsome man in this town. I can have any of these women I want, but I choose you,” Bullinger said, making the audience laugh.

The choir students began practicing their songs since the beginning of the semester.

Each student met with Belov and Gunn once a week at individual times.

Junior and baritone in the choir Ryan Thompson said that the choir hopes to make Liederabend an official event that occurs once a semester.

Thompson performed “Das Wandern” by Franz Schubert, an Austrian music composer.

“I really enjoy how playful the melody and lyrics are [in “Das Wandern”], as I essentially get to be a farm boy enjoying the simple pleasures of hiking around the German countryside,” Thompson said.

“I can definitely relate to the song as I am a pretty happy-go-lucky guy myself that enjoys taking in the beautiful landscape of the Willamette Valley every now and then.”

Mariah Gonzales / Culture editor

Mariah Gonzales can be reached at linfieldreviewculture@gmail.com

Modern musicians lack authentic emotion

The meaning of music has deteriorated by music companies and has left a shallow imprint on society.

Within the hour, the same song is heard on multiple occurrences. Usually it is about getting wasted, laid or does not even have a point at all; catchy choruses are the only goal.

Music has been a part of human culture since we have developed the sense of sound.

Evolution is supposed to have mankind adapt to become better, but as time goes on our lyrics have lost their true position in expression. Inappropriate and awful sounds are being publicly played to the ears of the people and less bad words are filtered each year.

The output quality is low and artists no longer have any natural talent besides their appearance. Their actual voices are disguised by digitalized auto-tuning which hides the possible talent that they could actually obtain.

Without the ideal look, performers would not be able to survive the cruel world of critics and paparazzi.

The music industry focuses on what can make them the most money, not about the songs that you can cry to after a major break up with your significant other, but whatever fills their wallets.

Revolutionary artists never focus on what would get them to the top of the charts, they perform for their passion of entertainment and music.

Bands that had their own unique sound would change their tunes just to appeal to the mainstream sound every record label wants.

With everyone trying to be the same, individuality is hard to come across each musician tries to be weird to get attention, but they are all merely reflecting one another.

Since musicians are all producing similar songs as one another, they become  predictable to other artists which makes them appear  flat.

Ballads about love or depression become deformed and morph into songs with similar topics of partying.

There is always an underlying worry that a favorite band will be corrupted after being played on the radio.         Without the public in mind, the only ones to enjoy these repetitive beats are the record companies and radio stations.

Reoccurring artist are on each frequency. People used to rely on radios for genuine entertainment and facts but today it is just a hoax.

Talent can be found as easily as it can be ruined. Many bands and other artists feel the need to change themselves so they can fit the ideal mold that feels necessary in order to become famous.

Copycats and unoriginal ideas are being tossed back and forth.

Media companies make it seem that a musical artist has to be weird in order to be known. Now that being an oddball is cool, everyone is doing dressing strangely or acting bizarre which is deceiving to their actual character.

Everyone is wearing excessive makeup and revealing clothing to get attention from the media.

It is not art anymore to the audience.

Anyone can post a video on Youtube and become famous for what they love to do but only a few that our society accepts will make it to the top.

Rosa Johnson / Copy editor

Rosa Johnson can be reached at linfieldreviewcopyed@gmail.com.