Instructions: Play song, and then begin reading.
Do you like Afro-Cuban jazz? Well you absolutely should. On Wednesday, the Butler Jazz Combo put on a concert of Afro-Cuban music, featuring songs by the famous Tito Puente, one of the most important names in the field. This was all done in preparation for a concert on April 20th as part of the opening of the new Schrott Hall.
It was a perfect break from classes and work. Sitting in Lily Hall, I felt myself transported away by the screaming trumpets, the sassy drums, and the rockin’ piano. You could say that, after all of this, I was pretty jazzed up.
It was like a vacation from my problems. Even though the room wasn’t cold, I could feel the beach breeze blowing past me, the warm sunlight on my face, and the sand in my toes. This is the kind of music that should be used to get people through long winter months.
It was also a good reminder about all of the incredible things that Butler students are up to, and how, as long as I am aware of them, there won’t ever be a dull day on campus. I got to see some of my good friends show off their mad music skills, and did I mention how free it was?
I’m going to take a bit of time out of my busy schedule to praise the band Guster. I attended a concert of theirs in Bloomington, IN, and I was astounded by the performance. They aren’t just phenomenal musicians, but also truly entertaining performers. They joked with the crowd, and they also joked with themselves. The singer, for example, went through a bit of travel problems when he landed in the Bloomington Airport, only to learn that it was Bloomington, Illinois. Wrong state. It was the theme of the night.
Here’s an example of how they found humor in the drummer, and his complete lack of singing ability (I sympathize with this).
This band doesn’t have the fame of, say, PSY, and yet they have been around since the early 90’s. such extended if moderate success is truly an incredible feat compared to the brief explosions of fame that many artists come and go with every year.
They also embody how bands operate in the 21st century. Tweets were sent out when the airport mix-up was realized. Ahead of time, they had asked that if anyone wanted to suggest a song, they would have to bring an interesting object for the band. “The Colonel Sanders Christmas” LP was particularly popular.
Follow the path of my fellow Butler Bloggers I bring to you today a post devoted to some new music. And let me tell you, I am more excited for this music than anything else I’ve listened to in a long time.
Ronald Jenkees is one of those musical wonders both for his skill as well as the means of his rise to fame. Getting started on Youtube, his fans fell in love both with his music as well as his quirky personality. The big hits led to some record deals and two albums.
Unfortunately, he’s one of those artists who put time into the crafting of their works. Meaning it’s been years since we’ve gotten anything from him. Meaning that his third album will assuredly match or exceed what he has produced in the past. Meaning you need to follow him on his website, or search his name on Youtube or iTunes to find what else he is working on.
When I was a sophomore in high school, I came with my brother when he visited Butler. At the time, I knew what I wanted to do with my life: become a concert flautist. Now, this might strike an odd picture for me, a gangly 6’1″ male, but it was what my heart was set on at the time. Butler’s music program looked incredible.
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Years later, as a Writing Major at that same university, I find myself reminiscing about the music I used to play. I’ll set my Pandora to a Classical Music Station, and it will draw me back to the years of largo movements, treble clefts, and crescendos. I consider picking it back up, practicing on campus.
We all know life changes. Butler is prepared for the most wicked curve balls that we can throw at it. Those of us who haven’t made up our minds about what we want to spend our lives doing (which I think is a wildly unrealistic expectation to hold for incoming freshmen), there’s always the Exploratory Studies. For those of us who change our minds, the options are nearly limitless on where to go next!
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