Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Happy Day of Birth Emily!
my blogging neighbor just celebrated her 21st birthday yesterday, hooray!
Big Bin Studios
in a previous post I mentioned meeting charles driscoll of big bin studios. a few days ago, my friend ryan and I drove over to tour his studio in Hamilton, Michigan. it’s one of michigan newer studios, and it has been getting some press because of its unique location. the studio is housed in a converted grain silo way out in the countryside by holland (a city in Michigan, not the country). like most music studios, there’s no huge neon sign, which can be great for artists trying to get some work done without fans walking in every 5 minutes for autographs. besides hanging out with Charles, we got to meet the other engineer, Jordan stonehouse, who happened to recognize me from young life. apparently, he was the video intern at the young life camp I went to last summer. I’m always surprised by how we’re all connected somehow.
everyone involved with dance guild
I never knew that one of calvin’s student organizations had around 300 members. Dance guild is an organization for students interested in dance, whether ballet, tap, lyrical, or hip hop. each style also has a beginner, intermediate, and advanced group so people can dive right in and begin performing. each semester, they put on a showcase at the FAC featuring their various dance groups, and this semester I managed to make time and see the show. Some of my friends were performing, so I wanted to cheer them on. Besides, one of them had been nagging me to buy tickets since last semester. How can I reject such dedication?
the crowd included visitors for the festival of faith & writing
it all started with an email. my friend and neighbor across the street, matt gruppen, shot me an email earlier in the day inviting me to see his jazz group perform at jazz vespers later in the evening, so i scheduled it into my calendar and made sure i’d have time to stop by. i’d heard of jazz vespers before, but i’d never attended one. every so often, student news would announce poetry readings and live jazz down at the cave cafe in the evenings, but because i had little interest in poetry, the event didn’t seem that appealing. what made me go this time was the live jazz. i’ve been trying to familiarize myself in jazz for the past month, especially jazz drumming, and this seemed like a great opportunity to see how a jazz group interacts live. i’m just trying to figure out the drummer’s role in the whole group, because i’ll probably be doing some jazz drumming in the near future.
Friday, April 11, 2008
Switchfoot and Emery at Calvinsi
jon foreman in the crowd next to my friend min woo
“It had to have been Switchfoot with partners-in-rock Emery and Athlete that turned it up a notch on Saturday night in Calvin’s Fine Arts Center. I thought it was just a “Spinal Tap” joke that amplifiers could be set to 11. It was the loudest, craziest set to visit Calvin in years.” -Ryan Alons writing for Chimes, Calvin’s student newspaper.
this is my second time seeing both switchfoot and emery. i really haven’t been to that many concerts, and many can beat me in a name-how-many-concerts-you’ve-been-to contest: “oh yeah, i’ve seen dave matthews band 57 times.” of course, i have a big disadvantage because i lived in hong kong for 8 years. the only major concert i saw in hong kong was alicia keys, and that was pretty incredible. i should’ve seen westlife when they came by. bummer… irish boy bands don’t come by the US very often. anyway, back to grand rapids. the fact that this was my third time seeing switchfoot probably means something. yeah, they have a fantastic live show, and i think they’re much better live than on CD. in my opinion, that’s quite an accomplishment, because you can always refine your work in the studio. made a mistake? no problem, we can rerecord until your budget for studio time runs out. oh wait, you’re self-produced? never mind then, you can fine-tune to your heart’s content.
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
The Definition of Faith
i don’t see snow anymore!
my pastor, rob bell said this once in a sermon (i don’t remember it exactly, but i’ll try to paraphrase) with great conviction and celebration: “we in grand rapids know what faith is. faith is believing that one day, the sun will shine, the snow will melt, and spring will come.” an inside joke us grand rapiders share is that the winter lasts forever. BUT, spring might be just around the corner. we’re above freezing now during the day, and we’re also seeing more and more sun. you don’t understand how excited i am about the sun (well, you might if you’re reading this from grand rapids). just the other day, aaron and i hauled up our patio table from under the deck and had our first dinner party. grand rapids is so beautiful when the sun’s out and it’s not freezing.