March 29, 2017

Bieber releases ‘Believe Acoustic’: Latest release abandons computer enhanced beats for acoustics


by Robert Perales, A&E Editor With the distribution of Justin Bieber’s latest re-release, “Believe Acoustic,” the question of whether or not the original release was good enough to even get a re-release arises. While the answer might be a simple no, “Believe Acoustic,” does much more for its audience than first anticipated. Although some tracks benefit from the different instrumental breakdowns – “Boyfriend” and “Take You”  – the majority of the re-released songs represent dry and depleted versions of the original tracks. The opening track, “Boyfriend,” is the only track on the album to fully display Bieber’s immense potential through…

Orchestra gains fourth director in four years

by Robert Perales, A&E Editor Orchestra welcomed its new director Sarah Struebing, current Orchestra director,  after the departure of Alex Meza, previous Orchestra director, in late January. With the arrival of a new director, Orchestra welcomed its fourth director in just four years. However, Jami Kahn, senior, felt Ms. Struebing represents “stability and control” for the Orchestra program. “She really knows what she’s doing and is extremely prepared to take the reigns of the program, which is great because we really just need some stability and control right now. It’s only been a couple of weeks, but I’m definitely expecting…

Piatek discovers passion for drums, plays in numerous bands


by Megan Jones, Editor-in-Chief “Everyone has their own hobbies whether it’s book club or knitting, but my hobby is playing sweet music,” Timothy Piatek, English teacher, said. “When ev- eryone on Saturday is off doing their own things, I like to get into my own world, close my eyes and get into the music.” Mr. Piatek does not spend his Saturday nights grading WREN assignments. Instead, he is out playing in the Oswego-area in his band, The After 5 Band. “What I like most is when you can get people moving on the dance floor and having a good time,” Mr….

Orchestra members play at wedding

by Robert Perales, A&E Editor After countless hours of rehearsal, Orchestra  members Asher Crawley,  Jami Kahn, Katrina Gustafson, and Connor Leuck, seniors, took their musical knowledge beyond the Orchestra room of WHS and performed at a local wedding on Dec. 15, 2012. According to Gustafson, the members practiced, “about thirty minutes to an hour a week since October.” Aside from the amount of practice the Orchestra members received, Kahn felt that the job was a growing experience. “We were actually pretty independent. We ended up having to arrange the wedding march ourselves because we weren’t able to get a copy…

Genson, Kholodov focus on music, pursue careers at early ages


by Megan Jones, Editor-in-Chief While contemporary and electronic music do not seem to have much in common from a listener’s standpoint, comparisons can be seen between composers Michael Genson and Matt Kholodov, seniors. Contemporary Music Genson began composing music his freshman year. “As soon as I get home from school, I begin to compose,” Genson said. “I’m a big fan of contemporary and band music.” According to Genson, contemporary music provides the most variety of orchestration styles, techniques and complexity to alter with, as opposed to the 4-5-1, bass, guitar, drums and vocals of pop music. Genson plays the trombone…

October’s underrated treats: Goulding’s ‘Halcyon’ explores combination of new wave, pop


by Robert Perales, A&E Editor The highly anticipated release of Ellie Goulding’s sophomore effort, “Halcyon,” which was released on Oct. 9, drew immediate attention from critics and fans alike. The standard album features 14 tracks that resemble Goulding’s emotional experience with heartbreak. The lead single, “Anything Could Happen,” which is currently climbing up the billboard hot 100, introduces a new blend of sounds into the pop world. The hook, although it is simple, has been deemed as one of the best from the album. Fusing elements of pop and electro, followed by a basic chorus, “Anything” strays away from Goulding’s…

New Dawns welcomes director, changes culture


by Megan Jones, Editor-in-Chief A new voice can be heard down the music hallway of WHS as Stephen Colella, choir teacher, begins a new legacy for New Dawns and choir programs. Colella began his legacy at WHS by hanging a poster in the choir room stating “Are you proud of the product?” “We want to get our status back up,” Lizzie Jassin, senior, said. “He isn’t looking for us to be winners, but he is looking for us to create a product that we are proud of at the end of the show.” According to Chris Gonzalez, senior, he feels…

McCarley returns with sophomore album, features appealing tracks

my stadium electric

by Robert Perales, A&E Editor Alternative pop star Erin McCarley returns with a follow up to her debut album, “Love, Save the Empty.” Without much promotion, Mccarley’s sophomore effort, “My Stadium Electric,” has failed to crack the top 20 on the iTunes album chart. Despite an expected low debut for “My Stadium Love” on the U.S. Billboard 200, which calculates the top 200 albums based on weekly sales, the album manages to surpass expectations after the release of the lead single, “Elevator.” “Elevator” was neither good nor bad, but it failed to leave an impression among critics and fans alike….

“White Nights” by Oh Land

The bouncy happy feel of this song is perfect for a relaxing day off of school, due to Labor Day. “White Nights,” released in 2011, continuously stays playing on my iPod due to the lead singer’s unique voice along with the drum patterns throughout the song. “Has it been a day or a week? As my eyes begin to close, I am walking in my sleep. Living in a state in between do the signs begin to show? See the eyes fare in the dark, as they glow as they glow. These dreams under my pillow In the twilight of…

Megan’s Music Mondays: “Last Dance” by The Raveonettes

The Raveonettes are a band I have followed for a long time, always loving this song and “Suicide.” This songs upbeat attitude puts me in a good mood while it always talks about serious subjects. The song itself is really soothing and yet it speaks of someone dying and wanting to spend the last time with them. This song has the ability to make you want to dance and cry simultaneously. Plus, don’t deny it, the “woahowoah” parts can be very catchy. “Your lipstick Smeared beside I adore you I always have And everytime you overdose I rush to intensive care…