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Contents, Table of (Vol. 2)

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In order of appearance...

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Contents, Table of                               Sublime: The Legend of

                                                               Bradley J. Nowell

 

Obama Openly Supports                   Jerry Garcia: Legendary

Gay Marriage                                      Guitarist

 

ADHD - Cats                                        Jamie Grace: The

                                                               Awesome Christian

                                                               Singer

 

Theatrical Review:                              ADHD - I'm NOT a

Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night'           Hipster

 

An Introduction to Lolita                   Reggae: A Music

Fashion                                                 Revolution

 

The Power of Poetry                          ADHD - Shhh! I'm a

                                                              Hipster                                            

 

ADHD - Stare!                                    Comic of the Month:

                                                              Dr. Cat and Nurse Mandoo

                                                              Part 2                                   

 

Foo Fighters: A Review                     Learning a New

                                                              Language: Your First

                                                              Steps

 

ADHD - Rawr! Lions!                        ADHD - Mustaches!

                                                                                               

 

"Imaginatino is More Important     Horoscopes

 Than Knowledge"                             

                                                             

A Life Changing Fact,                        ADHD - Riding Bikes!

Heart Breaking Lie, and

the Amazing Truth

 

Staff Photo                                          Life is What You Make It

 

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Obama Openly Supports Gay Marriage

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By James Noyd

 

     Obama expressed his view on same sex marriage on May 9 by declaring that he supports it. This makes him the first U.S. President to openly support same sex marriage while in office. The announcement was a risky move for Obama because of the 2012 election coming up; with this said, support for same sex marriage within the United States has increased drastically since the announcement was made. Along with a large portion of the U.S. population, celebrities have come out to agree with Obama’s support of the issue. Some of these celebrities include Tiger Woods and Jay-Z, who both state that legalizing gay marriage is not about politics, but simply the right thing to do.

 

     As you know, Obama is running for President again in 2012 and, because of those against gay marriage, he could take quite a tumble in the polls due to his pro-gay marriage stance. Although support of gay marriage rose after Obama’s announcement, his opinion is making anti-gay voters switch sides. I personally think Obama is very courageous for taking this risk and standing up for what he believes is right.  I also think that no matter what job title you have, politics should not control what someone has to say and stands for.

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Theatrical Review: Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night'

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By Jacob David Logan-Baer

 

     Shakespeare’s delightful comedy 'Twelfth Night' or 'What You Will,' which has been called “the most nearly perfect happy comedy ever written,” was adeptly staged by the Young Shakespeare Players, with a cast that produced this difficult play with facility and the certain unflagging grace and spirit native to them. The performance was charged with that sort of electric energy, which not only carries the weight of the play, but invigorates the audience, whom departed the theatre in the highest of spirits, though perhaps with their consciences a bit burdened with the knowledge of their complicity and pleasure a la Sade in the unjust treatment of Malvolio. The audience at no time needed to be reëngaged in the unfolding plot; so engaging was the acting, which only amplified, never detracted from, the inherent beauty and poignant poetry of this comic delight of a play.

 

     The experience was, as always, a pleasure to see actors in fine form, and this, coupled with so exuberant a play, and the floral grace of the warm spring air (for the enhancement of the actor’s craft, and the audience’s pleasure; nature obliged to be a conspirator) filled the hearts of the audience brim full with the joy which can only be supplied by a well-crafted comedy, well acted. The comic antics of the foppish simpleton of a knight, Sir Andrew Aguecheek, were executed with the proper measure of ham; he possessed neither a nimiety of the flesh of swine, nor the even more pernicious plague of paucity. The drunken revelry of Sir Toby Belch was delightfully performed, and did not at any time overpower his innate intelligence, a requisite trait for this “Falstaff in miniature.” The confusing yarn of Viola and Olivia, a textbook example of dramatic irony, was adroitly presented as to emphasize both the humor and genuine pathos of the situation. Duke Orsino, perhaps the most relatable, eloquent, and, “to speak more gross,” best example of lover’s melancholy ever to set his feet upon the theatrical boards, succeeded in eliciting the sympathy of the audience, even those of us whose “blood is very snowbroth,” and who scarce admit that, like the “severe Lord Angelo,” their “appetite is more towards bread than stone.” He even introduced a sliver of doubt into my mind (albeit quickly dispelled by the presence of some mutually-infatuated friends) as to the verity of the old saying “omnis amans amens,” (“all lovers are demented.”) Of course, I would be remiss if I failed to write about Malvolio.

 

     Malvolio is a very troublesome character to play; I can exposit on the difficulties of portraying a character who is held up to scorn as a stiff, arrogant, and unpleasant puritan; but who, through the injustices to which he is subjected, the pathetic indecencies, and the display of a vanity and weakness, of which anyone would be deluding themselves if they supposed their souls were devoid, he succeeds in tugging the sympathetic heart strings of the audience. There was for some centuries, and even into our own time, an inclination on the part of actors and directors to stage the play as 'The Most Excellent and Lamentable Tragedy of Malvolio,' it is not that, precisely, although any production that completely ignores this aspect of the play, and blithely continues on with the exuberant comedy in an attempt to render the spectators insensible to the pathetic and morally problematic portions of Malvolio’s treatment would be bereft of the moral ambiguity that forms an indispensable part of Shakespeare’s greatness. However, this exquisite performance avoided the ever-present traps and pitfalls, and succeeded in capturing the humorously distasteful components of Malvolio’s character alongside the poignant presentation of his somewhat-undeserved suffering. This monumental difficulty was overcome with grace and dexterity; a fruit of the assiduous application of the actor’s craft, a trait which characterized the performance as a whole.

 

     It was, as I have too often said, a really beautiful play. The characters were well-played, and far more impressively, the actors played well off each other. For the devoteé of drama, there is nothing else more pleasurable to see. Had Darius been aware of this most sublime of earthly joys, he need not have offered a bounty for a new pleasure. Good acting never satiates; merely kindles a desire for more. Great acting in a great play! It would be impudent of me to ask for more.

 

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An Introduction to Lolita Fashion

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By Zak Reddell

 

     Lolita fashion is a fashion subculture that originated in Japan and is based on Victorian-era clothing and Rococo period costumes. In the context of fashion, the usage of the term 'Lolita' is derived from the given name 'Lolita' relating back to Japan's relations to Portugal. Early Japanese Lolitas thought 'Lolita' meant something cute in Portuguese, so they adopted the term. The original Lolita look is a knee length skirt or dress that has a 'cupcake' shape assisted by petticoats. The Lolita frame has expanded to include many garments such as corsets and floor length skirts as well as blouses, knee high socks or stockings, and headdresses. Lolita fashion has evolved into many different sub-styles. The Lolita style is not mass marketed outside of Japan, and although some small stores have emerged, most Lolitas order their wardrobe online or make their own articles of clothing.

 

     Out of the many different styles of Lolita fashion, the four main sub-genres are: (1.) Gothic Lolita, a combination of Gothic and Lolita fashions characterized by dark make-up and clothing, (2.) Sweet Lolita, which focuses on the fantasy aspects of Lolita and adopts lighter colors and childlike themes in its design, (3.) Classic Lolita, a more mature style that focuses on Rococo, Regency, and Victorian styles, and (4.) Punk Lolita, which adds punk fashion elements, such as tattered fabric, ties, safety pins, chains, plaid and screen printed fabric, to the Lolita style. Due to the creative nature of Lolita Fashion, many other themes and styles have been created from the basic frame.

 

     Ōji Lolita, coming from 'Ōji-sama', meaning "prince", is a style considered to be the male counterpart to Lolita Fashion and is influenced by the styles worn by young boys during the Victorian era. The style often includes blouses and shirts, knickerbockers and other styles of short trousers, knee high socks, top hats, and newsboy caps.

 

     Lolita fashion has yet to gain popularity within the United States, but do not let this minor detail stop you from exploring and playing with the trend.  For more information on how to create a Lolita wardrobe, http://forum.threadbanger.com/showthread.php?t=17823 is a good place to start.

 

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The Power of Poetry

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By Alannah McGraw

 

     What’s not to like about poetry? Hah. I am sure this list could on and on and on and on (you get my point), but honestly, poetry is more than mind-boggling rhyme schemes, madness inducing meter, and angst filled slams. Poetry is what you make of it, what you take away from it, and if you open yourself to the power of poetry, it has the ability to connect with the depths of your soul, with your humanity.

 

     Poetry is what you make of it. Poetry is the angst, the love, the hate, etc. . . It can be whatever you feel, think, or are writing about when you are in your moment. Poetry is also a therapeutic escape from reality when you need it. You, the writer, can be the one who decides whether or not you want to show your masterpiece to the world, or decide if you want to make your poetry work into a song, a commercial, a personal service announcement (PSA); basically, it’s yours to do with as you please.

 

     Poetry is what you take away from it. With poetry, anything is possible; it could be like watching a good movie at the movie theatres. When you are done reading it, just like when a good movie ends, the magic of it goes away. Poetry is that little spark inside you that makes you want to live like that character or to change your life, and makes you want to be happy like they are. Poetry is magical; it could bring out that silenced voice that releases the inner beast through writing. It may even bring out the psychotic killer, haha. Poetry could also bring out the hidden poet that even you, yourself, did not know existed.

 

     Poetry has the power to connect with the depths of your soul, with your humanity. It is crazy how almost spiritual poetry can be. It is funny how it can bring out a lot of the senses you did not even know you had; you almost become a caveman in your own thoughts, processes, and the spiritual connections that poetry brings out. Poetry also brings out a lot of emotions because you are going through an emotional process and most likely do not even realize it. It is a way of venting your happiness, sadness, despair, anger, and loneliness, but it is also a way of somebody relating to you.

 

     Poetry is what you make of it, what you take away from it, and, if you open yourself to the power of poetry, it ha the ability to connect with the depths of your soul - with your humanity.   Poetry is also more than just words on a page.  Music is poetry and has a deeper meaning than just being a "catchy" tune to hum throughout the day or a memorable ringtone for your family members, friends, or significant other.  Music has a way of connecting you to the artist, to the person behind the voice.  Music has a way of releasing what your are feeling, and personally, I like to listen to music I can connect with.  When I am mad, for example, I listen to heavy metal and when I am calm or happy, I listen to R&B, rap, or really anything that is upbeat.  A few songs that send great messages are "Young," "Black Dahlia," and "Paradise Lost" by Hollywood Undead.  When I need some space, a song I really connect with is "Leave Me Alone" by Tech N9ne and when I am really happy, I love listening to "If I'm James Dean, You're Audrey Hepburn" by Sleeping with Sirens.  With this said, there are many more songs out there with poetic lyrics, all you have to do is find them.

 

A personal piece by yours truly:

 

Broken Sunset

by Alannah McGraw

 

The sun sets.

The same feelings set in-

The empty, wordless, hopeless, uneasy feelings sink into the pit of my broken, fragile heart.

It’s funny how songs describe the feelings, the pain, the everything that I wish I could text/tell you.

It’s funny how these songs give me the rain, that washes out the/my pain.

My friends tell me “he’s no good for you, you deserve so much better!” But they don’t get that I will never leave him; because even if there’s a hundred reasons to give up, I always find ONE reason to hold on.

--I think that’s true love.

I wish they could understand.

As it gets darker,

My emptiness drowns me,

Into a creature that wasn’t meant to be.

I place my feet in the water-

As the currents form and move in every which way; it reminds me of you. It makes my heart go numb. It makes me tremble. The pieces of my heart are missing you.

As I sit here, your words echo in my mind, almost like a broken record. Your face imprinted in my memory.

Several ducks float by, one taps its beak into the water; it makes me think of our first kiss.

It brings me back to the time of when our relationship was pure

Almost like virgins.

It makes me think of how our souls intertwined into one living, breathing one.

Kissing you,

Made me wanna be hooked on your Phonics.

As lame as that sounds, you taught me a new language, called Love.

I wanted you to teach me every word, every-thing about that language.

It was beautiful, powerful, magical, and breathe taking.

I wanted to learn every angle,

Every inch of your mouth.

I was like a lost tourist in some foreign country.

As the lovely, bright colors fade into the darkness, it makes me miss you, and want you even more.

I want to remember what it feels like to have your lips pressed on mine.

What it feels like to have that emotional connection with him again.

Its crazy how we went from talking everyday to barely even receiving a text from you once a week. . .

Loving texts turn

Into awkward conversations,

Seeing each other in public;

It’s too much.

I run every time I see you,

I turn my phone off every time I receive a text from you.

I’m sick of this teenage love, hate, angst-filled, shit hole relationship.

You love me, you hate me; but yet somehow run back to me.

You played with my heart too much.

I took your shit for MONTHS; even after you made me cry on my birthday. That should say enough.

I’m masked by this goo,

But deep inside, my heart still calls for you,

I pretend to hate you, yes it’s true,

Somehow though, my teenage heart still longs and feels love for you.

I cannot tell you that.

So I’ll be Juliet, if you’ll be my Romeo, and we can live this lie that we don’t want each other; we’ll carry on pretending we loathe even though inside we’re dying.

 

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Foo Fighters: A Review

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By Jake Bodoh

 

     The Foo Fighters is an alternative rock band formed in Seattle in 1994. It was formed by Dave Grohl following the death of Kurt Cobain. Dave Grohl was the drummer for the grunge rock band Nirvana before the tragic death of their lead singer. The band got its name from an allied aircraft pilot group in World War II that reported various UFO and other aerial phenomenon called the Foo Fighters. When the band released their debut album, respectively named “Foo Fighters,” Dave Grohl was the only official member of the band, but, for touring purposes, he had to recruit some band mates. He recruited bassist Nate Mendel and drummer William Goldsmith, both of who are from the band Sunny Day Real-Estate, as well as fellow Nirvana band member guitarist Pat Smear.

 

     When Dave was writing and recording the first album he did all the parts himself. He tried to make the guitar parts as rhythmic as possible so it would easily synch with his drums, he never played guitar in Nirvana. He approached playing guitar similar to how he plays drums, he assigned different drum parts to different strings on the guitar. This allowed him to piece together songs easily; he said, “I could hear the song in my head before it was finished.” Once he assembled a full band, his band mates helped with song arrangements. The members of Foo Fighters fused melodic elements with heavier ones. In 1977, Dave noted “we all love music, whether it’s the Beatles or Queen of punk rock. I think the lure of punk rock was the energy and immediacy; the need to thrash stuff around. But at the same time, were all suckers for a beautiful melody, you know? So it’s just natural.”

 

     The Foo Fighters is one of those bands that will go down in musical history as one of the most amazing, fundamentally sound bands this world has ever seen. Throughout his life, Dave Grohl has developed himself into a musical genius; sure, I guess you can say that this is an opinion, but just listen to his music. His work does not just come from the heart, it speaks to it, and if you listen to his work and not one of his songs touches you, then you have no soul. Again maybe it is just a matter of opinion, but either way, they have won ten Grammy awards: four for best rock album, three for best hard rock performance, three Kerrang awards, and one MTV video music award, and they have sold hundreds of millions of albums worldwide. They must be doing something right!

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ADHD - Rawr! Lions!

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"Imagination is More Important than Knowledge"

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By Ariel Kassule

 

     Ken Rockwell says, "Photography is the power of observation, not the application of technology." Your camera has only a small role in producing great photographs. You have to master technique; however, technique is just a burden to get out of the way before tackling the most difficult aspect of photography: saying something with your images. Equipment helps… equipment helps more than you would think. Although the most expensive equipment aids in producing a quality image, gear does not add the raw emotion a majority of photographers strive to put into their work. Photography is an art form; therefore it is difficult for many individuals to grasp right away. It's easy (not to mention lazy) to think a gear makes the photos. Though the easiest way out is to blame bad photos on a camera, you will soon realize, when your skill-set improves, that you would have been better off paying more attention to the images and less to the camera.

 

     Different professions are commonly related to hobbies of all kinds; such as, photography, a hobby that is often compared golf. Both are popular and require some equipment, however very few people can convince others to pay them for the same reason. Much like golf, patience, privacy, composition, and passion are four huge aspects of the profession. Each takes practice, getting better, and better every day. Most golfers play for years and never hit a perfect hole-in-one. Sometimes, I wonder why those two subjects are compared so easily… photography is far more complex than golf. How does anyone expect ever to make a perfect photograph?

 

     Countless individuals make the mistake of getting started the “easy way.” Forget technique! You will learn that later. Ansel Adams says in his autobiography, "I am not a scientist. I consider myself an artist who employs certain techniques to free my vision." Many people still think that mastering simple issues like specific shutter speeds and depth of field (DOF) is all there is to know about photography. Yes, they have plenty to do with photography, but they certainly do not make up the art. They are certainly necessary evils, but by no means the central point. Never freak out about the technique unless you absolutely have to. For example, notable photographer, Ken Rockwell’s, photographs were shot in “program automatic” mode. Tell that to your photo teacher. Trust me, I know people who actually enjoy having to fool with the settings on their cameras. I am one of them, but do not worry about it too much. Start with a point and shoot first so you can learn the basics. You can figure out f/stops later. The professionals like to make themselves feel important by making you think that you need them to teach you the secrets of playing with your camera. They will try to get you to believe that all this is required to make photographs. There are years of photo technology programmed into your 35mm camera: use it.

 

     As hypocritical as this may sound, do not follow the advice of teachers, me, or anyone else for that matter. Art is subjective. Be yourself and show your passions. Do not try duplicating what someone else has done. You have to go out and shoot and your own style will develop. Never, ever think that because you like something done by someone else that you have to do the same. Sure, you can enjoy a method they use, but use the method and only the method. Never try and produce the same image. Find something about which you are passionate and explore that. If you really enjoy figurines or wastebaskets or old people or beautiful naked girls or patterns left by cars throughout the snow or abandonment or animals, go photograph them. If nothing intrigues you, your photos will suck. Find what you like, and forget everyone else. There is no right and no wrong. The rule of thirds is not a rule, and I mean really, who always follows the rules anyways? Just produce great photos. A good photo is one you or someone else enjoys. Creativity is nice, but just because something is creative does not make it art.

 

     Lighting and composition are absolutely the top most important technical issues of photography. The smaller your subject, the easier it is to modify light. Portrait photographers and nature photographers do this all the time. Landscape photographers, however, usually have to wait for the correct light. To get the right light on a mountain you may need to wait for the right season, the right weather, and the right time of day. If you show up on vacation and snap away in whatever light is there, you are not likely going to get anything special, at least in a technical sense. Everyone has different tastes. This is art. You either need to create your own lighting in a studio or you need to have the patience to wait for nature to supply the correct lighting.

 

     Practice does not necessarily make perfect. It does, nonetheless, aid in improvement. No photograph is an exact reproduction of the subject photographed. All photographs distort reality. Knowing that, you will start to work more under the right conditions, and also seek out those conditions. When it comes to practice, only show your absolute strongest images. I typically shoot a few hundred pictures. Most of my photos are awful! Go through the few photos you save out of a roll of film and/or your memory card(s), and then throw away all but the strongest few images. You will see that if you only save or show your strongest images your body of work will seem to improve resulting in a better future portfolio. Do not expect to turn out miracles every shoot, or even every month. I definitely do not, and I doubt anyone does.

Remember, there are no rules here, just guidelines. Do whatever looks right to you. Though I have been told not to, try closing one eye. Cameras cannot see what we see. In order to see as a camera sees, you must eliminate one of your “lenses.” It makes a difference! Nature is beautiful, but that is based primarily on the fact that we see in 3D. In order to properly get an idea of what your image will look like, walk around a three dimensional image with one eye closed before you photograph it.

 

     The best advice I can give you is to go out and shoot. Take photographs of everything! I wish I could tell you that photography is an easy profession, but it definitely is not. People will always criticize you. Whether someone is tearing you down, or building you up, they are noticing your work. Take the good out of bad situations and consider insults a form of constructive criticism. Someone hates your work? Find out what they hate and do it better! Who knows? They could be on to something. Only time will tell.

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A Life Changing Fact, Heart Breaking Lie, and the Amazing Truth

By Selina Martinez

 

     What lies do you hear from the media and magazines these days? What is wrong with them? Everything! From gossip about celebrities, to the best new artists and why they are famous, but that is not what we are focusing on though. What is the biggest, most painful lie told by the media? What is the biggest influence on kids, teens, and young adults these days? Body image.  They try to get to you believe that if you do not look a certain way, then you are not pretty.

 

     The images that the media project is a huge influence on everyone these days. Telling you that you are not beautiful and that you are not sexy if you are not a skinny size three or four. They say you are not good enough if you do not have a firm butt or the perfect-size, “healthy” breasts. This causes major issues in society, for instance, promoting bad eating habits and eating disorders. Why do you think this happens? People see how the men and women look in the lies being told by big-name companies. They feel the need to look like the models do. Another issue caused by this lie is bullying. Because the media says you must be a size three or four, kids, teens and young adults actually believe and promote this. If you are too skinny, or if you are bigger than what they say you should be, you are made fun of because you are not sexy and are told you are not beautiful.  This causes a whole new array of issues, such as low self esteem and drug use, to surface which make society an even harsher place. I often ask myself: what price are you willing to pay to fit into this corrupt society?

 

     People do not know the whole truth about these perfect sizes, no-flaw sexy models and celebrities. Many of them themselves are not perfect; for example, at least half of the influencers you see have eating disorders. They have health problems you cannot see such as anorexia and bulimia. Another example is the fact that many of these models and celebrities are not truly happy with how they look and their quality of life. They have to be on a strict diet and constantly worry about what kind of exercises they do and how frequently they need to do them. Who wants to live that kind of life when you can go out, have fun, and not worry about how you look and still be loved for who you are, not what you look like. Lastly, the media themselves are not only lying to you, but lying to their endorsers. You may see a perfect body, perfect, healthy, free-flowing hair on the TV, but behind closed doors they are constantly being criticized and lectured about how they are not completely perfect. The editors are constantly editing the models with heavy doses of photo-shop and coat on make-up to cover up any imperfections, making them look perfect because naturally they are not. No matter what mode of projection is being used, you are being lied to.

 

     Now, why do you think the big-name companies set this image out for you? They surly do not project these images so that everyone can look “perfect." They project this image for people who believe this to be true for the publicity and for your money. These big-name companies are out for the amazing reputation and the success they make you believe you are achieving. That is all that matters to them. Big-name companies do not really care about what you look like or about what you do to look the way they say you should look, as long as they are getting the money you spend on this vain attempt to change yourself. The bottom line is that they do not care. They make you believe you are a better person if you change your appearance, when in reality, they are destroying the whole meaning of equality and acceptance.

 

     The media is all a big show for your money and fame. Honestly, no one really cares about what you look like. You are perfect the way you are. Even the models, they are perfect the way they are. No one is better than anyone, no one is sexier. We are all just as beautiful as one another. There is no reason for make-up, no reason for new hair do’s, and no reason to be paranoid about how you look because the producers themselves never look the way they say you should. They are telling you lies and I promise you I am telling you the truth.

 

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     "The Rainbow Radish" is an original publication created by students at Shabazz City High School in 2012. The title truly represents our community and is very metephorical - rainbow radishes actually exist, but not many people know they are real, let alone how beautiful they are.

 

     Currently, the contributing members are: Jake Bodoh, Sam Bubenzer, Nick Carmen, Leca Red, Giulia Ferreira, Dominic Hillestad, Ariel Kassulke*, Bella Lescay,

Nick Lockwood, Jacob Logan-Baer, Selina Martinez, Alannah McGraw, James Noyd, Zak Reddell**, and Simone Rogers. Please note, these students are not listed in the same order they appear in the photograph and the project is supervised by Samantha Noonan.

 

     We hope you enjoyed our articles!

 

*Staff Photo Photographer

**Edited Photos for Thumbtail and Contents, Table of

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Life is What You Make It

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By Selina Martinez

 

     Life.  What does it mean to you and does it have purpose? If so, what is the purpose of life? Honestly, I do not think anyone really knows because life is what you make it. You can do whatever you want throughout your life, but what you do and where you do it is entirely up to you.

 

     Life, to me, is like a tricky game -- it is like you are in a maze and you have obstacles you need to find your way around to reach the end. I also believe there are short cuts, but do you really want the easy way out? What is the fun in that? Make your life the game it is suppose be!  Life is all about hard work; life is about finding your way out of the maze.

 

     Let us say you get yourself into a tricky situation. What are you going to do when this situation escalates and gets to the point to where you are lost? Usually, there are two choices: you can cry over the hopelessness and waste that moment in your life over something you cannot control OR you can make the best of the situation and see the experience as a lesson learned.  You need to appreciate the lesson, learn from the mistake and move on. The tough thing about this option is that doing so is easier said than done. Honestly, like I have said before, life is all about hard work and the efforts you decide to put into living, so do it!

 

     Life is also full of loss and sorrow as no one lives forever. In my opinion, you should go out and have fun with those who love you -- be stupid! Do things that you love just because you love them, do not sit at home.  You need to go out and make mistakes and leave behind regrets. There is no room for regret. You only live for so long and only once. Why waste such a beautiful gift when, in the end, you may find your purpose in life?

 

     To be honest, no one really knows what life truly is and no one truly knows what life is all about, but why sit around and wonder about life when you can go out and try to figure it out yourself? You are young and life is just starting. No one said the journey would be easy, nor did anyone say your experiences would always be fun, but find struggles and discover ways to get out of them.  You need to follow your dreams and put up a fight. Go out of your comfort zone and experience what your life could be about. You do not need to wonder why you never did anything with your life when you are reaching your last days.

 

     Life is a game, a game you can either win at or lose at -- it can go either way. Because of this, live your life the way you want to live it. My advice: go out and make your existence worthwhile. You need to experience love and hate, and you need to make mistakes. Everything will be okay because you will be okay. You need to laugh, you need to cry, and you should be happy while living for who you are. You should never give up, and never say never, because there is no such thing as never. You can do everything yourself (with the help of friends and loved ones when needed); living life is up to you, so go do it!  You are the only one who can live your life and you need to go out and accomplish it.

 

     Live life now.  You only get one shot at it.

 

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Sublime: The Legend of Bradley J. Nowell

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By Dominic "Domo" Hillestad

 

     May 25, 1996 is a very traumatic day that true Sublime fans will never forget. Bradley J. Nowell, the lead singer/guitarist of Sublime, was found dead, by his bandmate Bud Gaugh, at 11:30 am in a San Francisco hotel room due to a heroin overdose. Bradley died at the age of 28, leaving behind a wife, an 11 month old son, his dog (Lou Dog!), and one of the greatest albums of 1996: Sublime (a self titled album). The album, Sublime, features a unique, crazy mixture of reggae, folk, ska, and punk rock. While Sublime was recording their self-titled album, Bradley was struggling with heroin addiction, which put stress on everyone in the band.

 

     Bradley was inspired by music since he was young; his father and uncle would always play guitar with him on Christmas mornings. Back in 1982, Eric, the bassist of Sublime, started a punk band with Bradley J. Nowell called Hogan’s Heroes. A couple years went by and Eric introduced Bradley J. Nowell to Bud Gaugh, the drummer of Sublime, and made one of the most funky-fresh ska, punk-rock band from the Long Beach California (LBC). From 1988 to 1996, Sublime made three albums: 40oz to Freedom (1992), Robbin’ The Hood (1994), and, of course, Sublime, a self-titled album (1996).

 

     Bradley’s music surely was unique, and when he sang, you could hear the passion in his voice. He sang from his heart and went for it - all for the joy of pure, raw music. Bradley would sit on street corners playing guitar and singing for hours, and his creativity can only be described as a gift. He would sing with an extreme amount of honesty in his lyrics; the following lyrics reflect on Bradley’s drug use and why using is a bad thing. I would also like to emphasize that I am writing this to inform people about the hazards of usage, not to promote drug use. In the song “Pool Shark,” Bradley sings: “Now I’ve got the needle, I can shake but I can’t breath. I take it away, but I want more and more. One day I’m gonna lose the war,” and in the song “Garden Grove,” he sings: “Waking up to an alarm, sticking needles in your arm.” These lyrics contain an eery truth and, despite the fact that he felt as though his addiction was going to kill him, he continued on his downward spiral. In the song “What I Got,” Bradley sings: “I don’t get angry when my mom smokes pot, hits the bottle, then goes back to the rock,” and provides the listener with some insight into his home life and childhood.

 

     Bradley’s music was like none other but his heroin addiction got the best of him.  The music Bradley J. Nowell could have made, if he had not overdosed, is limitless. Heroin took Bradley’s life and talent away from the world way too soon, and unfortunately, he died before Sublime became famous. Bradley once said he could make music videos with his Long Beach posse for the rest of his life and be perfectly happy. Bradley’s widow, Troy, said that Bradley always felt 80% happy and 20% sad, that he always felt he had not done enough, and, although his death was a terrible, tragic event, Troy believed that through death he finally found peace.

 

For more information on Sublime, visit: http://sublimespot.com/sublime/

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Jerry Garcia: Guitar Legend

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By Nick Lockwood

 

     Jerry Garcia was the lead guitarist for The Grateful Dead. They were a funky, psychedelic rock band formed in 1965.   The Greatful Dead is one of the first bands to play music known as Acid or Physcadelic Rock and was extremely popular during the Counterculture movement of the 1960s.  In 2003, Jerry was rated 13th on 'The Rolling Stones' top 100 guitarists of all time.

 

     Jerry Garcia was born August 1, 1942 in San Francisco, CA. As a kid, he had to deal with a lot of traumatic experiences, such as watching his father drown when he was five. Also, around that time, he cut off 2/3’s of his right middle finger and was known as the kid without a finger. His mother tried teaching him to play piano, but he hated the keys and took up guitar instead. He was known in high school as a non-conformist and dropped out shortly after due to this.

 

     In 1960, he served briefly in the army to avoid serving jail time. He was known for being AWOL constantly and was generally discharged shortly after. In 1961, he was involved in a serious car accident where he had a realization. Looking back on that moment, he thought: "That's where my life began. Before then I was always living at less than capacity. I was idling. That was the slingshot for the rest of my life. It was like a second chance. Then I got serious.” In this quote he was referring to giving up his love for painting and drawing, to focus on playing guitar.

 

     In 1965, the Grateful Dead was formed. The name was chosen after the band opened a 'Funk and Wagnalls Standard Dictionary of Folklore, Mythology, and Legend' and read the entry for Grateful Dead, a set of folklore motifs relating to stories where the hero does a good deed for a dead person and is therefore rewarded. The Grateful Dead toured constantly until Jerry’s untimely, fatal heart attack in 1995. During the thirty years that they toured, they played a total of 2,314 shows.

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Jamie Grace: The Awesome Christian Singer

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By Simone Rogers

 

     Jamie Grace Harper was born on November 25, 1991. When she was 11 years old, she began to suffer from Tourette Syndrome.  This was prefaced with her experiencing tics at the age of 8, which caused her to eventually need tests.  By the age of 16, she needed medication. Jamie Grace's doctors also diagnosed her with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), and Echolalia, the automatic repetition of vocalizations. When she went to a Christian festival for teenage girls ages 14-18, she started to realize that even though she lives with these disorders, she should not let them stop her from living her life.  Her  dream was to become a singer and go to college.

 

     Three years after attending the Chrisitan festival, on September 20, 2011, Jamie Grace released her first album, “One Song at a Time." Jamie originally wrote songs with her sister and taught herself how to play the drums, guitar, and ukulele. She believed music allowed her to put her feelings into songs. She also said her family helped her achieve her dreams and that God gave her strength - He is someone she believed she could truly depend on.  She joined the Christian label Toby Mac Gotee records and on February 22, 2011, she released a song titled “Hold Me,” which is on her "One Song at a Time" album ft. Toby Mac. “Hold Me” is listed as one of the most played singles on Christian radio stations.  Jamie Grace also released a second album, “Christmas Together,” on November 29, 2011.

 

     In addition to becoming a musician, Jamie Grace started an organization called “teensWts” (Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/teensWts) to help other young girls who have Tourette Syndrome.   She also achieved her dream of going to college and is currently studying children’s ministry through Point University, a Christian college in West Point, Georgia.  If you are interested in listening to any of Jamie Grace's songs, her album "One Song at a Time" is for sale on iTunes for $ 9.99. You can also listen to her on 102.5, a Madison-area, Christian radio station.

 

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ADHD - I am NOT a Hipster

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By Giulia Ferreira

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Reggae: A Music Revolution

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By Sam Bubenzer

 

     Reggae is more than just a genre of music, it is the life and soul of thousands of people worldwide. Reggae as we know it derives from the Caribbean island of Jamaica, specifically in the 1960’s, when the West Indies experienced a wave of independence from the United Kingdom and is a blend of the earlier Jamaican genres ska and rocksteady, infused with elements of jazz and rock. Jamaica became an independent country in 1962, and the music wave that came with independence would survive the turbulent times it was born into. The story of Reggae really starts with The Wailers -- an early reggae band from Trenchtown featuring Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, and Bunny Livingston’s 1963 album “Simmer Down.” In “Simmer Down,” the group slowed the traditional ska beat in a fantastic, early record that is now a cornerstone of Reggae music. Reggae grew out of the Trenchtown neighborhood of Kingston, the nation's capitol, and by 1968, Reggae classics such as “Ball O’ Fire,” “Phoenix City,” “007 Shanty Town,” and “Israelites” had made their mark on the industry; the music had spread throughout the island.

 

     Reggae made its name in the United States through Bob Marley. As one of the front-men of The Wailers -- which was by now a household name, and a man with an incredible charisma, talent, and ideology, his words and music spread rapidly through the States with records such as “Rude Boy” (1966) and “The Best of the Wailers” (1970). When Bob Marley died on May 11, 1981, it was a huge loss to the world; his death only strengthened Reggae’s following. His greatest hits album, “Legend,” has sold over 25 million copies worldwide and is ranked 46th on Rolling Stones “500 Greatest Albums” list. Many offshoots of Reggae exist today, including African (especially Amhara Ethiopian) Reggae, Reggaeton, French Reggae, and American Reggae.

 

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Learning a Language: Your First Steps

By Leca Red

 

     Every high school student seems to fear learning a language. The horror of grammar and vocabulary practice, in addition to English papers, seems to strike terror into the hearts of many a teenager. However, learning a language can be rewarding, exciting, and even, dare I say, fun!

 

     At Shabazz, all we have is Spanish. That’s pretty sad, really, seeing as there are not only a multitude of interesting languages out there, but important ones too. Sure, Spanish is spoken throughout most of South America and many countries (21, to be exact), but languages like Chinese and Arabic can be just as important (Chinese is the most spoken language in the world, after all!).

 

     The key to language success is that you do not need classes at school to become fluent in a language. Personally, I have been taking about two years of self-study Japanese, and learned hundreds upon hundreds of vocabulary words and grammar rules with no problem. In this guide, I will tell you simple steps to becoming a great foreign language speaker.

 

     But wait! I know what you are thinking. “Whaaaat? Why would I even want to learn a language in the first place?”

 

     Learning a language can help you learn how to interact with others in a different way, learn, find interests, and build community. Learning a language also strengthens your creative ability and increases listening skills. In other unrelated subjects, such as math, reading, and language arts, grades can improve because of the various skills you must use in learning a second (or third, or fourth, or. .) language. Higher grades and greater educational skills are essential to success. Knowing how your first language works from an outside perspective can also improve how you speak and write. Being knowledgeable in your own language’s grammar and how the grammar works is very important to everything that you use the skill for; from writing, to speaking and interacting with others.

 

     Are you convinced yet? If so, you are ready to begin! Here are a few tips to get started:

 

1) “Get Fluent Quick” Guides - Waste of Time!

    

     This should be obvious, but some truly believe that they can learn a language by practicing the same phrases over and over again for 10 minutes a day in the car without even picking up a lesson on grammar. The short answer is that these programs do not work. There is nothing more embarrassing in the foreign language world than someone actually buying one of those “Learn a Language in 10 Days!” programs.

There are a few reasons why these programs do not work. First of all, most of the programs don’t actually teach you grammar. While I will not say that grammar is the absolute most important part of the language learning process, you cannot go very far without the basic knowledge of grammar. These programs are often vocabulary or - even worse - phrase based. Phrases are useful; I memorized many helpful phrases to use within my sentences. However, you need to remember that phrases and single vocab words will do you no good when you are stuck in a foreign country and all you know how to say is: “hi,” “how are you?” and “where is ___.” You will know that you are slowly but surely mastering a language when you are able to construct your own sentences with the vocabulary that you have, added with the grammar that you have learned.

 

2) Keep a Journal - You Will Retain More!

 

     If you went to a public high school, chances are you had vocabulary lists every few weeks or so that you had to write down in a journal for your teacher to check (at least I did). Well, while I may not have been the best Spanish speaker in school, I definitely recommend writing down anything you learn in your new language in a journal. Learned a new verb conjugation technique? Write it down. Learned a new vocab word? Write it down. Learned 250 new kanji (Japanese characters)? Write them all down. Every single one. Not only will this help retain the information, but you are also free to look back on what you have written later. If you keep your journal on-hand, then you will be able to quiz yourself in your free time.

 

3) Use Flash Cards - They Really Work!


     Much like the journal, these help more than you might think. If you are learning a more symbol-based language, like Japanese or Chinese, flash cards will probably be your best bet learning new words/the alphabet. Even simpler languages, like Spanish, benefit from flash card drilling. If you are too lazy to make your own, you can use applications on devices such as your smartphone. This allows you to drill and quiz yourself whenever you want. Yet let’s get real here; who does not have 2000 index cards just lying around?

 

4) Immerse Yourself - You Will Learn at an Exponential Rate!


     Some people claim that the best way to learn a language is to completely immerse yourself in the language. This can be done in different ways, from listening to a lot of korean pop music to actually going to the country without knowing the language beforehand. While I do not necessarily recommend the latter (or the former), immersion is one of, if not absolutely the most important part of learning languages; play with Facebook’s languages settings (something other than “pirate”), go on sites that are entirely in that language, or even get an online pen-pal. If you can afford this, the best way to immerse yourself in the language completely is to actually go to a country that speaks primarily in that language. If you are a student, studying abroad could be an option. You might just learn more being in Costa Rica for 3 weeks than 4 years of high school Spanish.

 

5) Do Something Interesting with Your Language - Makes Learning Fun!


     One of the biggest reasons no one seems to care about high school Spanish is simply because the process can be boring. Unless you have a really cool teacher that talks about travelling in Spain to help you learn new vocab, you will find yourself struggling to read a textbook more than feeling good about your translation skills. Just remember that once you master the basics, things get fun. While studying Japanese for a year and thinking that you will instantly be able to read any volume of manga you pick up is extremely unrealistic (trust me), at least you will be able to do things with your new language that you had never thought were possible. Find something to do with your language that interests you.I am sure that for most people, reading a dictionary cover to cover is less exciting than trying to translate Spanish music. If you can find some sort of activity that you can do with your language (heck, even using your language at your job can be fun!), chances are you will be much more interested in studying.

 

A NOTE ABOUT ROSETTA STONE:

 

     The 2012 Summer Olympics are coming soon, and with them I expect to see a ton of Rosetta Stone commercials. While Michael Phelps claims to have become good at Chinese in very little time, there are a few problems that I have with Rosetta Stone. I have used Rosetta Stone for Japanese and Spanish before, and both of them frustrated me.

 

     Rosetta Stone uses an approach that no other language learning program uses (or at least used, when Rosetta Stone came out). Rosetta Stone gives you images, has a fluent/authentic speaker say what is in the picture, and you fill in the blanks, sometimes literally too. While this is supposed to teach you the language like how you learned your first language, the problem is that Rosetta Stone is only good for nouns. First, Rosetta Stone doesn’t teach you grammar. At all. Because they want you to fill in the blanks, they don’t actually tell you what is said or pictured. This can not only be confusing (“is that supposed to mean “coffee or “mug?”), but this also means that you will never learn what that one verb means, or even how to conjugate any verbs. All you learn is vocab. Imagine learning English without actually learning how to use verbs, conjunctions, or any sort of grammar. Rosetta Stone is meant to teach you the way you learned when you were a baby, and apparently wants to make you talk like one, too.

These are some very, very basic tips that any language-learner would tell you. For language programs and books, you are pretty much on your own. There will always be the handful of books for each language that are generally agreed upon to be good, but everyone learns in a different way (and everyone learns a different language). Just keep trying and studying, and realize that you will not become fluent overnight. This can take years of hard work, practice, and most of all immersion to master your language, but at least the process is possible.

 

     So what are you waiting for? Get out there and make your high school foreign language teacher proud.

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Horoscopes

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By Bella Lescay

 

*Gemini*

May 21 - June 21

Today is an 8. The love of your life will be returning very shortly. Maybe things went bad the first time, but it is for sure going to happen this time.

 

*Cancer*

June 22 - July 22

Today is a 5. The next couple of weeks are going to go by very slowly. If you have any exciting plans, put too much effort into them because it will seem like forever before they happen.

 

*Leo*

July 23 - August 22

Today is a 5. A tragic accident will happen right in front of your face and you will be asked to step up to the plate and make a big decision. The pressure is on!

 

*Virgo*

August 23 - September 22

Today is an 8. Not such a bad day but nothing out of the ordinary will happen. Try to stay away from spending money and getting scammed.

 

*Libra*

September 23 - October 22

Today is a 9. The Gods of Venus are coming to pay you a visit. You have done some good deeds in the past and they are coming to repay you with a surprise! Great things are lurking around all corners.

 

*Scorpio*

October 23  - November 21

Today is a 6. Bad news is on its way. Keep your guard up because bad things are expected to happen today. On the plus side, a long-lost friend is going to surprise you tomorrow.

 

*Sagittarius*

November 22 - December 21

Today is a 7. A phone call you have been waiting for is on its way. It might have taken a while, but when you get it, it will be much needed.

 

*Capricorn*

December 22 - January 19

Today is a 3. Lots of problems will occur today, but try and let them roll right off because if you get distracted trying to help everyone, you are going to get lost in the mess.

 

*Aquarius*

January 20 - February 18

Today is a 5. The planet of Saturn is in a state of urgency. People are very busy so do not get upset if you cannot find a person to talk to all day. As soon as everything has recovered, people will be back to pay attention to you.

 

*Pisces*

February 19 - March 20

Today is a 9. Neptune is ready for you to give back. Try volunteering and helping out your community.

 

*Aries*

March 21 - April 19

Today is a 10! Your home planet of Mars is in alignment today. No raining on this parade! Love will come your way and so will lots of money. Feel lucky to be an Aries today.

 

*Taurus*

April 20 - May 20

Unfortunately, today is a 4. Try not to get too excited for your plans because they will most likely fall through. Although you might not have a great day, there is something glorious in your future.

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Sitting Down with Take the Day

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By Ariel Kassulke

 

1. When did you first start playing/singing?

    Rob: I first started playing music in either 7th or 8th grade. My best friend told me I should play bass, so I did.

    Adam: I didn't join choir until my senior year of high school. After that, I became a voice major in college. I've pretty much been singing ever since.

 

2. Who are your musical inspirations?

    Rob: Umm, I mean, I really got into playing bass when I started listening to pop punk, but my love for music stems all the way back to a cassette (I know...I'm old), of Michael Jackson's "Bad". I think that says a lot about how my taste in music has evolved because I've just always loved pop music.

    Adam: Will Pugh and Max Bemis are huge inspirations to me. I love the way they articulate their lyrics. Nathan Willett from Cold War Kids has got a lot of soul. I like him too.

 

3. What embarrassing songs might I find on your MP3 player?

    Rob: Haha, the only ones that are embarrassing are ones that have my vocals on them. I'm not much of a singer; I'm not the worst at it, but yeah. Basically anything I actually sing a lead vocal on, haha.

    Adam: I'm not too embarrassed by the songs. I've got some Spice Girls on there, along with High School Musical. I've been known to bust into song and dance to "We're All In This Together" from time to time.

 

4. Where would you most like to perform?

    Rob: Honestly? Wrestlemania. Haha, I know how dumb that sounds, but like all these huge pop stars have performed at Wrestlemania, and I just think professional wrestling is so fun and funny. Flo Rida, one of my favorite rappers in pop music right now just did this last Wrestlemania, and I mean, to be that huge, would be crazy.

    Adam: On the road to Vegas, we visited Red Rocks Ampitheatre outside of Denver. It's an incredible venue. That would be a blast.

 

5. Who would you most like to open for?

    Rob: I think to be able to open for an artist like Gaga, Maroon 5, or Taio Cruz would be amazing.

    Adam: Gaga. Definitely Gaga.

 

6. If you could dabble in another genre of music, what would it be?

Rob: I love hip hop, so I actually do dabble in it when I have some free time.

Adam: Indie, or as the boys of Take The Day call it, "Giraffe Head". I love indie acoustic music.

 

7. What hidden talents do you have?

    Rob: I eat food crazy fast. I don't eat like I'm in an eating contest or anything, I just seem to eat way faster than all my friends. It's kind of always been that way.

    Adam: I'm pretty darn good at Super Smash Brothers for Nintendo 64.

 

8. What are you listening to lately?

    Rob: Lately, it's been all Payphone by Maroon 5 and Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen, haha. Those songs are just so good. I've also been getting into this new electronic dance style called "Moombahton", and I'm also being introduced to something called "Glitch Hop".

    Adam: My band has gotten on my case about listening to more pop music, so I've been jamming Top 40 radio stations.

 

9. Favorite/most influential album by another artist?

    Rob: I don't like to pick favorites just because there are albums I love for different reasons, but I think the most influential album for me is still "Bad" by Michael Jackson. It was just all amazing songs front to back. That's how pop records should be made.

    Adam: The Needles The Space by Straylight Run has hit home with me every time I listen to it. It's one of those albums that I don't just put a song on and then shuffle through my iPod; I start with track 1 and let it play through.

 

10. What song of yours are you most proud of/favorite?

    Rob: The song I'm most proud of is probably "Freaks".

We have been working a lot more with Steve Pitzl, and he was shopping a chorus around to different industry people, and no one seemed to believe in it, but we did. We really believed in it and we bothered him about it for a long time til gave it to us and helped us finish it. I think that really brought us to a new level and it brought Steve as a writer to a new level.

    Adam: Probably "Freaks". We've been working on writing with Steve Pitzl a lot. Steve has pushed Take The Day to new heights in terms of our writing capabilities, and we've done the same for him. "Freaks" is just infectious. I've heard nothing but positive feedback from friends, family, fans, and industry professionals.

 

11. Have you been involved in any other bands before this one?

    Rob: Several, haha. None of which have quite done what Take the Day has done/can do. I was in a band called The Heroes of Valhalla, and in a band called Hillcrest Road to name two.

    Adam: I played Trumpet in a Ska band in highschool called Odd End Out. Other than that, pre-TTD, Rob and I wrote music together and performed as an acoustic duo. Made a couple bucks on the side playing at universities.

 

12. Favorite tour food

    Rob: the McDollar Menu. It's hot food and it's cheap. Outside of that all we get is dry crunchy little gas station snacks, which is never satisfying.

    Adam: McDollar Menu. Cheap and decent. Can't go wrong.

 

13. When do you go back into the studio/when should fans expect new material?

    Rob: It's difficult to say right now, but we do have plans to get more music out this year. We are constantly writing though.

    Adam: It's hard to say. We're writing new material, but haven't quite nailed down the studio time. If fans want to hear new material, your best bet is to come to our shows. The songs we write will probably get filtered into our set so we can gauge what kind of reaction people have to the songs.

 

14. What would you be doing if you weren't a musician?

    Rob: I'd be in school studying screenwriting and trying to do that as a career.

    Adam: Well I just graduated with a degree in marketing and advertising...so I'd probably be buying suits and making more money than I am at Trader Joe's.

 

15. Other than the artists you work with now, who would you want in your band? Living or dead who would be in your "dream band."

    Rob: I don't think I'd want anyone else in my band...but, I'd love to do a song with someone like Childish Gambino, Adam Levine, or Kesha or something. That’d be so cool.

    Adam: We've got chemistry. We don't need more artists! I mean, collaborations with Nathan Willett would be cool. Also, I'd love to write a song with Max Bemis, just because I think he'd be a riot to hang around.

 

16. What's next for you?

    Rob: Just working as hard as possible to figure that out haha. I like to take things one step at time, so right now, it's playing shows and writing.

    Adam: Shows. We just got back from Vegas, now it's time to play locally and party with the people who have been with us from the start.

 

17. Describe your audience and sound in your own words

    Rob: Our audience is just a bunch of awesome diehard people who love to have a good time. Our sound is dancey-pop music.

    Adam: Our sound is club rock, and our audience is the people shaking their “heinies.”

 

18. Tell us about your first show

    Rob: There were like 100 people or so I think (which was actually pretty cool), and it was probably a pretty bad show, but that's okay, we've gotten better.

    Adam: I think the final count was around 150, and we played with The Fold at The Rave Bar. It was a blast, so many friends came to see us play. We probably didn't do that awesome, but we had a blast.

 

19. Favorite Tour Memory.

    Rob: Probably Canton Michigan. It was the biggest show of this specific tour, and we just had so much fun in that town. Plus there was a neighboring town where everyone was gorgeous. I even found myself checking out some of the guys.

    Adam: Canton, MI. The crowd that night was around 250-300, we had super positive feedback, people bought a lot of CDs to help us with gas money...everything was an ideal tour situation. Also, Plymouth, MI was maybe 15 minutes away. We went there and played a few songs in a cafe for some people. Plymouth, MI is simply the hot capitol of the country. So many beautiful women.

 

20. If your band had to come up with a plan for total world domination in the next 10 seconds, what would it be?

    Rob: Resurrect Michael Jackson and hold him hostage for 500 billion dollars!! *insert doctor evil laugh*.

    Adam: I'd get in a fight with J Biebs and lose. The press will make our social media blow up. Then the whole world will know us!

 

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