Maddie Misner to perform at Takeover Fest

by Miguel Guzman

Grandville High School is filled with talented people like creative musician Maddie Misner.

Maddie Misner is a solo artist who has played the upright bass guitar since sixth grade. She has also been playing the guitar for two years now. Guitar being her favorite instrument and being inspired by the band 1975, she started to find her creative flow to start making her own songs. Coming from an emotional place, she also found her voice to write song lyrics and also help her express herself through her love of music. Maddie’s music is a mix of original, indie, and alternative rock.

Growing up, she heard her dad say “fortune favors the brave” and that is what helped her not be nervous and start performing live. After playing at her school talent show, a good friend of hers helped her get gig at the Upper Room in downtown Grand Rapids. Since Maddie has now been performing live for two years she dreams of touring California, Colorado, and New Orleans. In a couple of years she hopes she is on tour more, has more music out, and can go into music therapy.

Maddie has a show coming up on November 10 at Takeover fest and she is currently working on recording an EP.

You can listen to her music on her bandcamp page. She hopes if her music takes off, that she gets “big enough to have a good life, but not enough to get bombarded at a Walmart.”

In Maddie Misner words “Go support your local music, it helps out a lot.”

The Ugly Flannel

by Mary Deluca

“Music has taught me to just take a moment and look around and enjoy everything,” junior Ben Nguyen said.

Ben started his own band called The Ugly Flannel and started playing shows in April of 2016. Ben really got into music with his friends in garages packed with people but is slowly moving up and actually getting more gigs and traveling for his music.

Ben started recording his own music in his bedroom listening to bands like American Footballs, Tiny Moving Parts, and Real Friends.

“The main thing that pushed me to create something that I could call mine.”

Ben started out with acoustic albums he made at bandcamp. Everything started to change when Ben met Shaun Welldon freshmen year after one of his first shows. He saw potential in Ben after seeing him crowd surf and sing alongs bad stage banters.

Ben went on to say how much of an impact Shaun has had on him. Shaun runs youth events and throws shows for people 19 and under like Ben. Ben appreciates Shaun for being there through all of his music, sticking around, and being a great friend and mentor.

Ben loves music and loves meeting new people on tour, drinking cheap coffee, staying up late, and coming up with song lyrics.

Ben works with a lot of different people and learns a lot from his drummer Athen, and bass guitarists Kate and Nick.

“They helped me learn how to improve, how to warm up even, how to record music,” Ben said.

Music brings pure happiness into Ben’s life and constantly makes him happy through his creating and expressing his emotions in songs he wrote himself. The thought of someone else enjoying them is just as much is amazing.

Check out Ben’s own website that sells merchandise and his albums on uglyflannel.com

 

Beyond Rap’s Bad Rep

by Mitchell Karcher

Many people hold strong opinions on rap/hip-hop music, whether they love it or despise it, it is one of the biggest music genres to date. However, due to its vulgarity, several people refuse to listen it and group it all in the same category as what they consider “garbage rap.”

This unfair description is a gross generalization that cuts down what this form of art truly is.

“There’s Alot Going On” by Vic Mensa is a gem that represents rap as a true form of poetic of speech. Flowing with the background music Vic backs his speech with genuine emotion as he raps about his starting phase of addiction and partying while writing his music. He then dives into his troubled relationship with his girlfriend at the time, Natalie. He abused her and proceeds to explain he was in the wrong as he was taking all of his aggression out on her after his band broke up, which let him down from high expectations.  He continues with explaining his serious drug addiction and recovery stating he moved back home to his mom’s basement before he made it big in the rap industry.

With research focus in urban arts, Dr. Emery Petchauer, an associate professor and coordinator of the English education program at MSU, speaks more in depth about hip-hop as a genre and culture.

When asked why hip-hop has surpassed other music genres, he said, hip-hop music appeals “to diverse experiences among people,” and “music with heavy drums (like hip-hop) has a really broad appeal to people because drums are universal. Hip hop may “speak” to some people because of the beat alone, or the beat at first. That’s why we dance to hip-hop music sometimes and are not even thinking about the words!”

Speaking on this level, it is perfectly understandable why music like Vic Mensa’s has become so mainstream.

 

Students and administration comment on spirit dance music selection

On September 15, Grandville High School had it’s second spirit dance of the 2017-2018 school year. Many students enjoyed the first dance while others were disappointed by the songs played.

Senior Matt Kocsis said “The [second] dance was good but there were less people there.”

GHS Administration is “Open to new music, but want it to be school appropriate” explains one of Grandville’s assistant principals Mrs. Caroline Ernst.

GHS is trying its best to play music the students like but want to keep it school appropriate.

Students suggest the school should allow one or a couple of less school appropriate words into songs so students can have a more memorable dance with music they really enjoy.

One song suggestion that came up a lot when students were asked what they want to hear at the dance was “Rockstar”  by Post Malone featuring 21 Savage. Rockstar isn’t 100% clean like what the school wants, but it’s what students want to hear, what they listen to in their cars and at home so should it be allowed at the dance?

Music genres by class and artist recommendations

by Miggy Guzman

Music is everywhere we walk.

It is in the hallways.

It is in the classroom.

It is a part of us in this generation. Living in this generation where there are so many genres of music, we get stuck listening to what we always listen to daily. Here is what some of your peers and classmates grades are listening to.

Freshman Class

The freshman class is fresh and new to high school. They bring new ideas and new music, but Robert Keen, Isaac burns, Conner Kelly and Kyle Henning like to bring it back old school. They listen to metal and classic rock like the great rock bands Nirvana and Motorhead but they also listen to some new music like Kendrick Lamar.

Sophomore Class 

Knowing the school pretty well by now, sophomores Sam Brooks, Cierra Roberts, Zane Peltier, and Elise Misner are more into hip hop, country, and pop. They are listening to the to singers and bands like 21 pilots, Florida Georgia Line, and Luke Brain.

Junior Class

More experienced students at this school are juniors like Kadden Russell, Devin Zwiers, Caleb Price and Erik Acevedo who are more into what today’s up and coming rappers have to say. The likes of Lil Pump, XXXTENTACION, and $ucide Boy$ are rappers coming up from the underground scene.

Senior Class

During their last four years of listening to music in high school and going through music trends as they change, Seniors Talin Dudley, Cameron Ranta, and Christian Ruff  listen to all types of music from ultimate rock to hip hop and pop. They listen to bands like Hollywood Undead, Lincoln Park and 90’s alternative rock bands. These seniors also listen to EDM artists like Mashmello and rappers like NF and Kaydo.

Walking down the halls we see different faces all the time. One thing we all have in common is music. We may not listen to the same artist, but we share a love of the same genres in music.

All students need to be open to listen to new music and explore new options.