Gungor enlightens campus on worship
Nov16

Gungor enlightens campus on worship

A Bach cover may not be how you’d expect to hear Christian artist Michael Gungor open a show, but at the concert and conversation held Nov. 9, it seemed a perfectly appropriate fit for the intimate discussion about faith, doubt and taking risks with his music that followed. “The thing that I sense in Bach is just the transcendence .… It’s such a beautiful example of what music can do for the human heart. It’s very directly tied to worship for me,” Gungor said. The event was part of C3, an initiative started by Associate Professor and Music Department Chair Dr. Mark Aaron Humphrey to promote discussion about the connection between faith and culture. “The whole intent is to create conversation using interesting people as catalysts,” he said. After Gungor played a couple of songs, he and Humphrey sat down to do just that, talking about everything from the questioning of fundamental beliefs, to what’s next for Gungor’s music. Through taking some risks with the Beautiful Things and Ghosts upon the Earth Gungor learned to let go of the traditional view of what it means to glorify God through music. “Whoever I am as an artist, as a creator, as a musician, maybe there’s something of God in that,” he said. “I can follow that to wherever it goes as an act of worship, even if that doesn’t fit into any kind of genre.” Though Gungor said he is still searching for what his future work will look like, he is drawing motivation from books he’s reading and the beauty of nature surrounding his Colorado home. “Everything that comes in is inspiration,” he said. “It all goes into the stew.” For Humphrey, one of the important aspects of the C3 conversations is to help hold a mirror up to the Christian community. “We rely on people to show us what we look like from the outside,” he said. During the discussion, Gungor spoke about the importance of pointing out issues in the Christian culture with righteous indignation instead of jaded cynicism. “The natural, easy way, with no love, is to laugh and make fun of it. The harder thing is to speak truth to it in love,” he said. Freshman biology major Victoria Fahy, who attended the event said she enjoyed listening to Gungor’s perspective issues.”My favorite part was hearing his point of view on things. He pointed out things about the Trinity and not being in a box, things I’d never thought about,” she said. “I was able to broaden my horizon.” One area where Fahy‘s views expanded was the meaning of worship. “It challenged me to look...

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Taylor too swift to change style?

Red like her trademark lips, Taylor Swift’s new album paints the world a shade the singer has never gone before. Whether it’s an inside scoop on her latest breakup, the catchy beats or dangerously personal lyrics, the singer hides nothing from her fans in her fourth album in six years, Red.   Over time, Swift’s sound has grown consistently more mainstream, straying from her original Nashville roots. The spunky, frizzy-haired kid has outgrown the banjos and ukuleles.   Instead, her current sound resembles Katy Perry or Kelly Clarkson rather than the crooning cowgirl people fell in love with.   Even with the changes, Red’s debut sales soared on all the music charts. Whether people look forward to the pop star’s music or juicy details of her failed relationships, 1.2 million copies sold in one week.   Swift shared her appreciation for this outstanding start via Facebook, “How is this real life? You are unreal. I love you so much. Thanks a million,” followed by a winky face.   How can critics resist a winky face from the infamous damsel in distress? And is the new album merely musical gossip or a quality soundtrack?   The most overplayed track on the album, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” features simplistic lyrics that make the tune catchy.   Taylor’s extreme disregard for basic rules of grammar might be worrisome, though.   “Huh, he calls me up and he’s like, I still love you. And I’m like, I’m just, I mean, this is exhausting. You know? We are never getting back together … like ever.”   This extremely successful and grammatically incorrect preview song released a month before the album and continues to run repeatedly on almost all radio waves.   “22” provides a chorus songwriters turn green with jealousy over.   The song features the opening lyric, “It feels like the perfect night to dress up like hipsters.” Thanks T-Swift, now all teenage girls know what to name their photo albums on Facebook.   Listeners wonder which fleeting boyfriend inspired Tay’s emotional ballot in “I Almost Do” and “Stay Stay Stay” is as memorable and repetitive as the title.   “Everything Has Changed” spotlights Swift’s harmonies with Ed Sheeran’s melody.   Teaming up with British songwriter Sheeran for this track was a match made in pop star heaven.   The song could be a minute or so shorter, but a good one nonetheless.   Taylor’s good girl image shines through her music.   For all the critics out there, it looks like you won’t be getting back together with the old Taylor Swift … like ever....

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Shelton wins in honor of brother

The 46th Annual Country Music Association Awards took the stage Thurs. Nov 1 as it brought about laughter and music from all of the greats including a special tribute to Willie Nelson. The CMA awards were hosted by Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley. This dynamic duo, who are becoming quite comedic, have hosted the CMA’s five times before. For the 2012 CMAs, Underwood and Paisley started out by singing their own song to the tune of “Moves like Jagger.” The biggest surprise was when Paisley started doing Gangnam Style with Underwood joining in. The audience seemed surprised and amused when they performed the popular dance.. The show was taken away by Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert as they swept the CMAs taking home four awards total. Shelton won two awards: one for male vocalist of the year and entertainer of the year. For his and Lambert’s new song, “Over You,” they both won song of the year. What made that moment so memorable was when Shelton told the story behind the song, which is performed by Lambert on her album “Four The Record.” It was written by the couple as a tribute to Shelton’s brother Richie, who died in a car accident. When he accepted the award, Shelton remembered his father who passed away early this year. “My dad always told me son, you should write a song about your brother,” Shelton said. “Tonight, even after he’s gone, he’s still right.” Lambert began to sob on stage as Shelton told the audience that he’d always wanted to write the song. He just needed someone to write it with, and the right person to sing it. He found that in her. Lambert also took home an award for female vocalist of the year. Other nominees included, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Kelly Clarkson and Martina McBride. Little Big Town won two awards. One for best vocal group of the year and the other, single of the year for the song, “Pontoon.” Other artists to receive awards were Thompson Square, who won vocal duo of the year. Hunter Hayes’, new artist of the year, Eric Church won album of the year for his album, Chief. What made the evening even more special was the tribute paid to Willie Nelson by stars such as Lady Antebellum, Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and others singing his songs. The Country Music Association named its lifetime achievement award after Nelson, who was its first recipient. As always, the awards were an all-around enjoyable evening filled with music and laughter. TV audiences are anticipating next year’s...

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Black Ops promises dark future

November has come again gamers, and with it as promised, Activision’s newest first-person shooter. Call of Duty: Black Ops II has hit the shelves and is the game to have going into the holiday break. The Treyarch creation has three facets that really make this game worth the wait. The Campaign mode, set mostly in 2025 played as David Mason, son of Black Ops hero Alex Mason. In the technology-heavy future the U.S. military is prepared to handle just about anything, except its own droid army. Terrorist mastermind and game antagonist, Raul Menendez, takes the military infrastructure for a little joy ride. The only thing that can stop him are the hands that built the military, American soldiers. The online component to this game is completely different than its predecessor. For the first time in a Call of Duty game there is multi-team games with more than just two teams and that means many more enemies. Also, the new create-a-class system will change the way online battles are played. Treyarch has implemented a “pick ten” system, wherein you have ten credits to budget their class however you would like. This maximizes customization for any weapon class, reaching beyond just the weapons; if that means gamers have no primary weapon and six perks then so be it. Rewarding players for consecutive kills without deaths, otherwise known as “kill streaks” will be done away with to make way for “score streaks.” Individuals will now be rewarded on scores that encourage team play, awarding more points team-oriented play rather than for kills. Futuristic score streaks include swarms of kamikaze drones as well as autonomous ground drones that are equipped with heavy artillery to enter enemy territory in the gamer’s place. Tranzit opens the map to have various locations instead of bunkering down in one location and progress made in the mode gives the players clues to why they’re there and where to go next. Survival is the mode that Zombies was based on, endless waves of zombies attack until the point of defeat. Grief is a new mode that puts a competitive edge on the ordinarily co-op game. Two teams battle to a last-man-standing scenario, only the main enemy is the undead. Lastly, the custom games allow players to skip the tedious first rounds of zombies, enable a headshots only feature or turn off magic items. Also, to kick start the adrenaline of players, Avenged Sevenfold provides entertainment through the zombie apocalypse. All in all, the new release shows a lot of promise and seems to be overshadowing the release of gaming rival Halo 4. Happy gaming and remember “the future is...

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