What Music Means – College Edition

Interviewed and edited by Kelsie P. Smith

Discussing just a few reasons why music is so important and how it changes in college.

Thanks to Brittany Reid and Jennifer Wroe for their commentary.

Background music provided by Soundcloud artist Anoop Heriharan. Song title: “Lightning-Upbeat Background Music-Creative Commons Music

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Joseph // Native, Dreamer, Kin

Talented northwest natives have taken the music world by storm in recent years, from Macklemore to Allen Stone and Noah Gunderson (and we can’t forget American Idol hopeful Sanjaya Malakar). One of the newest and best kept secrets of local music that has been released among the indie music scene is Joseph, a band of three sisters from Portland, Ore.

Although the sisters are Portland bread, they have been touring across the great PNW and the west cost over the last year. One of the stops on their tour landed them in Pullman, Wash. in October. It was that night that I met these beautiful, humble and wonderful sisters and fell in love with their folk/soul sound. I joined twenty-something twenty-somethings at One World Cafe in Moscow, Id. to watch Natalie, Meegan, and Allie Closner play an unplugged show for the people of the Palouse.

Next on their list of venues to grace the angelic harmonies of Joseph with is the Fremont Abbey in Seattle, Wash. on February 14, 2014. The Sweethearts Show will be the release party for Native, Dreamer, Kin. The sisters will be accompanied by a duo form of The Local Strangers {and Benjamin Doerr of St. Paul de Vence. Join Jo on the road during the holiday weekend by joining their album release party for $8 on Valentine’s Day!

The family trio began as a solo singer/songwriter project with the eldest of the three sisters, Natalie Closner. After two nationwide house show tours, Natalie sought out the voices of her younger twin sisters, Allie and Meegan, in 2012 to complete the “genetically-perfected harmonies” as their original name Dear Born.

It was late 2013 when the sisters changed their name to Joseph and began dreaming up the life that they were born to live. And it was a success. Shows are continually being booked up and down the west coast, and almost $5,000 has been raised through KickStarter for the next Joseph album, Native, Dreamer, Kin. The album is expected to be released later this month.

Macklemore, The Grammys, and the NFC Championships

In recent months, championships and awards have taken Seattle by storm. For the first time in history, a Seattle based artist has taken home four Grammys, only days after performing in the half time show at the NFC Championship Football Game.

Macklemore, an artist born and raised in the greater Seattle area, was nominated for seven Grammys, including song and album of the year. He took home four, sweeping the hip hop and rap categories. He also made history by marrying 33 couples during his performance.

“I think Same Love was a good song, but it’s also quite old,” junior zoology major Ashley S Dezellem said, “we’ve already seen him perform this song at award ceremonies.” While it is an important political statement, the Grammy Awards are about the year in music and honoring contributions made in the last year, not about making public statements.

Ashley continued on to say that much of the impact of the wedding ceremonies was lost, especially with Madonna performing in the middle. If he had performed the weddings the first time he had done “Same Love” at an award ceremony, the impact would have been much bigger.

However, not everyone is in agreement on this front. Senior history and political science major Ryan J Baye said “I think that the mass marriage was a very poignant effort, especially on [Macklemore’s] part to demonstrate a lot of things.” Macklemore provided a once in a lifetime experience to these couples, and by providing a public figure to represent their beliefs, he’s reducing the amount of potential backlash these people could face, said Ryan.

A member of Macklemore’s Grammy choir said that “the mass wedding was a shock at the core. None of the performers were informed in advance.” When the members of the choir were finally told, they were floored that it was going to happen, but everyone treated it like it was routine. “I definitely have a new appreciation for the LGBTQ community. I was ignorant to the prejudice they face, but it’s a huge battle.”

One thing that was agreed on was that Macklemore was absolutely the right person to perform at the NFC Championship game. Both Ashley and Ryan said that because Macklemore is from Seattle, having him perform was a way to show off some serious Seattle pride, especially because the NFC championship game broadcast nationwide.

How College Changes Music

By Kelsie P. Smith

College; it is the quintessential experimentation period in a young adult’s life.

Filled with excitement, growth and a vast amount of change, college can embody diversity and propel transformation. Everything from friends to opinions, beliefs and style has the opportunity to change. One aspect that undoubtedly changes in a student’s time at a university is their taste in music. Whether it is a total revolution of preferred genres or just the introduction to new and different styles, people are simply exposed to more music when they reach college.

Stephanie N. Wolf, 21, is a senior at the University of Washington who listens to music every day for a multitude of reasons. “I couldn’t make it through a day without music,” said Wolf. The music she listens to on a day-to-day basis changes by the hour and heavily depends on her mood, she said. “I’ll go from hip-hop/pop I listened to in middle school one morning to indie soft rock that afternoon,” Wolf said. One key change Wolf noted about herself was the discovery of underground, independent artists since attending college.

This same sentiment was expressed by 21-year-old Washington State University alum Jennifer A. Wroe. “I listen to music every day for a lot of different reasons,” Wroe said. She explained that her taste in music completely transformed when she started university. “I didn’t have cable TV when I came to college, so I went online to Hulu to watch shows. I started watching international shows and that led me to international music,” she said.

Before college, Wroe’s main choice of music was indie and alternative rock. However, once she pursued her curiosity in the international industry, she was introduced to a completely new world of music. Wroe still listens to the same bands that she did in high school, though. Her horizon of music has just expanded to include Korean pop, hip-hop and European indie.

Similarly, 20-year-old Washington State University junior, Brittany E. Reid, stated how her taste in music has expanded vastly since entering college. Reid said she has started listening to a lot more artists since her freshman year. “In high school your music choices are a lot more limited by your hometown and group of friends,” she said, “but in college you have ten times more influence.” Introduction through peers is key, Reid said.

Reid also said that just because a person is exposed to and enjoys new music, does not mean that person is abandoning their old self. “Just because someone finds new music they like doesn’t mean they can’t still like the old music they listened to. That’s what’s so awesome about college,” she said. College is a time to grow and add to your previous self, she said.

College is indeed a time to grow. Parents and universities alike use this very aspect to persuade students into choosing a certain college over the other. The chance to live life, discover oneself and grow. So, why would a student limit themselves and not apply this to every aspect of their life, including music? Music is, after all, one of the biggest influences on today’s generation.

Broaden music preferences, broaden influences and broaden insight. Music has that significant of an impact.

Music That Will Get You Amped For The Gym

By Justin Hsu

Like every year for the past who know how many years people have been setting New Year resolutions to eat better, get better grades, or to earn that raise. However, among all those resolutions there is one that stands out the most than any other, and that is to go to the gym to get fit. With summer also creeping up in a couple of months, your local gym seems more like a bunch of sweaty people at Watershed than an actual gym.

Now you could amp yourself up for that beach body by taking a huge amount of pre-workout, or you can use my method that is totally safe and will guaranteed to get you pumped. My method is music. Studies have shown that listening to quick tempo music has the same effect to the body as caffeine or in our case, pre-workout supplements.

Researchers at Pavia University in Italy found that music with a faster beat will make breathing faster and your increases heart rate. Studies also show that each type of music has a different effect on different people. One person might find this music soothing while the other may find it inspiring or even angry.

Whether you like Hip Hop or Metal, listening to music will get you amped for the challenge that is to come. There have been no studies that show which type of music is specifically better than the other for the gym because music has a different effect on each person.

“I like to listen to angry or aggressive music so I can take out my emotions on the weights and get the best lift possible,” said Washington State University student Max Magnusson.

Christian Santiago, a personal banker at Wells Fargo located in Moscow, said that he prefers Rock n Roll music when he works out, “The beat of the music is usually pretty high and gets my blood going, but my all time favorite work out music would have to be Remember the Name by Fort Minor.”

I also interviewed many more people and they all came out with the same answer that they prefer rock or metal over other genres when working out. Most say it’s because of the fast tempo of the guitar and drums that gets them pumped. Some even say that it is because they can relate to what the song is talking about and it emotionally triggers something in them. I can also personally relate to that statement.

According to studies conducted in the University of New Mexico by Dr. Len Kravitz, music appears to provide a motivational construct to exercise, positively affecting the mental attitude of the person. So next time you are at the gym make sure to turn up that Metal and get buck with some Hip Hop. Happy lifting.

Here are some of my favorite songs to listen to when I go to the gym…

This Lana Del Rey cover is sure to get you amped with it’s heavy guitar riffs, screams, clean vocals, and best of all the emotion and meaning behind the song.

Former member of the Hip Hop group G-Unit, Young Buck is known for his southern style of rapping. This song has a steady and heavy beat that will sure make you hit those heavy weights.

This song by The Glitch Mob just sets the mood for some gnarly lifting. Just the beginning of this song makes me feel like I want to start a fight with someone. Hit those reps people, this song will help you do that.

This song will straight up make your feel like a monster getting ready to rip a city apart.

Remember. You ARE the man.