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|Calvin Compilation CD Release Date Nears
posted April 26, 2007
An upcoming concert at Calvin College will feature musicians who are on the spring 2007 compilation CD from Dialogue, the college's student-run literary and art magazine.
The concert will be held on campus on Wednesday, May 2 at 7 pm in the Fish House, the Calvin coffee shop, and is presented by Dialogue and Cave Cafe.
The compilation CD then will be distributed on Wednesday, May 9 on campus and that day Dialogue also will make available for download music from past year's compilations on the Dialogue website (note: website will be live on May 9).
The staff of Dialogue hosted auditions for the CD earlier this year and then narrowed the field to those artists whose songs ended up on the album.
It was, says Dialogue editor Rob Zandstra, an arduous process.
"Five of us, the Dialogue CD committee," he says, "we met in the FAC for seven, seven-and-a-half hours. We heard all of the auditions,heard all of the CDs, went to Q'doba and decided on who was going to be on the CD."
The selection process, he says, is intended to be more encouraging than critical.
"I'm pleasantly surprised by what people come up with," he says, noting that this year's CD includes both individual composers and full bands. "It tends to be very eclectic. But there is always more talent than we can put on the
All material on the CD is original material, not cover tunes.
"If your suitemate wrote it, and your band wants to perform it," says Zandstra, "that's cool. But Tim McGraw can't have written it."
The Dialogue CD is a tradition that dates back to the year 2000, when
Zandstra is happy they did and happy to keep the tradition alive.
"Basically, seven years ago, there were some people who took some
The first Dialogue-sponsored foray into student musical production was
"It started out as a low-fi recording project," remembers Faber, former
Faber believes the CD develops student musicians in a number of ways.
"The students really enjoy having an outlet for music. It gets them into a
He still enjoys producing the CD.
"There's been tons of different bands, a lot of repeat bands, a lot of repeat musicians coming back. It's always got a diverse sound. And it's always fun to hear the musicians progress," Faber says. "And I think it's a really cool thing that Calvin has supported it and said, "Hey art's not just painting. It's not just print. It's not just photographs.' A lot of organizations, a lot of colleges wouldn't give that flexibility to the magazine."
~written by Calvin staff writer Myrna Anderson
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