Archive for January, 2012

“Total Eclipse” by Dylan Schatko

Posted: January 31, 2012 by Sarah Swanson in Videos
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Dylan Schatko: an interview

Posted: January 31, 2012 by Sarah Swanson in Videos
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Asbury features…Sonneline Woolls

Posted: January 31, 2012 by Leslie Ferrell in Asbury features

By Leslie Ferrell

Not many people know that Sonneline Woolls, a sophomore here at Asbury and a major in business and accounting, is also a very talented musician. Originally from South Africa, Sonneline moved to China when she was 12 years old and stayed there until she graduated. After teaching herself how to play guitar, which she says came very naturally to her, she began writing lyrics when she was around 13 or 14 years old. “I actually taught myself to play music by writing it,” she says. However, not only was Woolls learning to play guitar and beginning to write lyrics, but her music also became an “outlet,” she says, for a then very introverted and shy young girl.

Woolls had the opportunity to begin performing in China, which was full of unforgettable experiences. She began by playing the bass in a band, and soon was performing her own concerts at various coffee shops, and eventually in front of thousands of people. They wanted to hear a blonde, Western girl, who could sing the songs they wanted to hear, especially, “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Hotel California.” In 2010, her senior year of high school, Woolls professionally recorded her first album, a process which took about three weeks. “It’s a very amateur CD. I think that if I made one now it would be a lot more polished with a lot better quality music,” she says.

Quality is something that her music does not lack. Her album entitled “Change” is all about “transition, the journey of life” and “being a third culture kid,” Woolls says. As she has grown up and encountered new experiences, her music has grown as well. Woolls says, “The more honest I become as a person and the more real I become as a person, the more real my songs get.” She says she would like to record another album with the songs she has been working on since coming to Asbury, which would appropriately be titled “From the Heart.” These latest songs, especially “Like One of Them,” which she sang at the Freshman Talent Show last year, deal with life issues that everyone faces, especially when coming to college, of finding the need to fit in and discovering their own identity.

Woolls wants to “try to capture people’s lives” through her music, she says, and she does this by being open, honest and real. “I try to reflect the way I feel now, and I think that’s really how I connect to people is because a lot of people have the same doubts and fears, they just are too scared to express them openly.” Woolls does admit that this can be very hard at times, as she says, “I am bearing my soul.” Her lyrics are very relatable, and at the same time they are gripping and passionate. While she is always trying to improve, and she loves coming up with new chords and especially new rhythms, what is most important for this young songwriter is the idea and message behind each one of her songs. “I don’t care about getting famous, I just want people to hear what I have to say,” she says. Woolls writes what she is feeling, and she would love for it to inspire others and help her to connect with people. However, she knows that this only happens because of God, and He is the one she gives the credit too. “I know that God gives me these songs,” she says. “It’s not from me and it’s not about me, and that’s when I really find pleasure in my music.” God is continually teaching and revealing new things to her through her very own songs.

Woolls is currently one of the Illuminated Class Chaplains, and she has led worship several times at class prayers, as well as at the Sophomore Retreat this past August.  She sings what she truly believes with a passion and sincerity that is apparent to all. Though she is not a music major or involved with the music department, Woolls sings and plays because it is what she loves, and because it is a way for her to express herself and share life with others. “I can’t speak to a thousand people, but I can sing to a thousand people,” she says. Not many would expect this from a major in business and accounting, but Sonneline Woolls is definitely a very inspiring and passionate writer and musician who loves the Lord and has a beautiful heart. If anyone is interested in buying her album, “Change,” it is available for $5. She would also like to share that she has eight songs that are  “fresh and wonderful and dying to be heard,” if any Audio Production students are looking for someone to record! Wink wink.

The show goes on

Posted: January 30, 2012 by Laura Richards in Lexington and beyond

By Laura Richards

Looking for something fun to do with a group of friends? Tired of doing the same movie, dinner and bowling outings? How about a good concert? Here is a list of upcoming shows, all less than two hours away!

 

Drake: Club Paradise Tour

Wednesday Feb. 22

Rupp Arena, Lexington, KY

8:00p.m.

$39-$79

Drake, who is one of the most diverse and popular rappers right now, is going to be displaying his immense talent at Rupp Arena next month. He is known for being a part of the record label Young Money, which was started by Lil Wayne, one of the best rappers of our time. Drake is known for his sexy and charismatic rhymes, so this show will not be a disappointment.

 

Miranda Lambert: On Fire

Sunday Feb. 26

Rupp Arena, Lexington, KY

7:30p.m.

$27-$51

Lambert is headed to the bluegrass state to show Kentucky what her new album is made of. Known for putting on a fun, upbeat show, Lambert’s concert is sure to be very pleasing to country fans everywhere. With very affordable tickets available, this show is sure to be country strong. So grab a group of friends, get some cowboy boots and prepare to have a blast!

 

New Edition: 30th Anniversary Tour

Tuesday Feb. 14

U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati, OH

8:00p.m.

$47-$75

Throwback! New Edition is at it again with their 30th anniversary tour. Known for their smooth, sexy R&B hits, this is a concert that can be fun for both parents and children. Taking place at U.S. Bank Arena, located right on the Cincinnati river right next to the Bengals and Red’s stadiums, you can bring the whole family and make this a fun day trip to Cincy followed by a great concert.

 

The Black Keys

Friday March. 2

U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati, OH

8:00p.m.

$29-$59

If you are into punk rock, indie type of music, then this is the show for you! The Black Keys will be in Cincinnati and it will be a rockin’ show! Known for their extremely high energy head banging shows, this will be a show swamped with angsty teenagers and young adults looking to have a crazy time!

 

Trey Songz: Anticipation 2our

Friday Feb. 10

Louisville Palace, Louisville, KY

8:00 p.m.

$90-$633

While the tickets are on the more expensive side, this show will be worth every dollar. Trey Songz, who is known for his extremely good looks and amazing falsetto, will be on display in Louisville, KY next month. Women love him, and men love to hate him. This show is sure to be high energy from beginning to end, so prepare yourself for a good time.

Who’s on Cassie’s iPod?

Posted: January 30, 2012 by Shelby Weakley in Who's on whose iPod?

By Shelby Weakley

Cassie Dobbs is a member of the Awakened class and a pre-physical therapy major. She is on the World Gospel Mission cabinet and is also in charge of PR and greeting. Cassie is the SLA of First Glide, but home to her is also Woodstown, New Jersey. Cassie and I have known each other for a while, but I have never known what her musical style has been until now.

Cassie: “Most of the songs that I love are songs that I associate with a specific event or person in my life. I tried to give some other reasons.”

1. “Satisfy”—Tenth Avenue North

“I may be biased, (I know them!) but I love anything by Tenth Ave. This song is especially my favorite because it just begs God to reveal to me that he is everything I need. He satisfies my every desire.”

2. “Girl Named Tennessee”—NeedToBreathe

“NeedToBreathe is another band that I just love every one of their songs. ‘Girl Named Tennessee’ is just a fun song that reminds me of the spring of my freshman year at Asbury. It’s a good ‘sing along with your friends in the car’ song.”

3. “Right as Rain”—Adele

“I mostly just like the sound of this song. The lyrics aren’t really all that meaningful, but it’s upbeat and different.”

4. “Hurts like Heaven”—Coldplay

“A lot of my friends really like Coldplay, but it took me awhile to get into them. Their new album ‘Mylo Xyloto’ is awesome! I actually run to this album, which might be weird, but it gets me all excited when I listen to it.”

5. “Brightly Wound”—Eisley

“Eisley has a really different sound that I really like. ‘Brightly Wound’ is about being a kid and never wanting to grow up, which I think everyone can relate to, to some degree.”

6. “Your Love is Strong”—Jon Foreman

“I love the lyrics of this song and the direct influence of scripture. It almost reminds me of a hymn. It’s simple, yet it has so much meaning.”

7. “Awake My Soul”—Mumford and Sons

“I don’t know if Mumford and Sons are a Christian band, but this song definitely has a Christian theme. I love when the part that says, ‘Awake my soul…For you were made to meet your maker.’”

8. “Sadie Hawkins Dance”—Relient K

“This song just reminds me of Delanco Camp when I was in middle school. My roommate and I still listen to it and have a blast!”

9. “Trust”—Seabird

“This song is about living in the moment and leaving behind all our scars and worries: ‘The world is ours, ours for the moment.’ We are only here for a short time. We can’t let our past hold us back.”

10. “Never Let You Go”—Third Eye Blind

“I think this song is just another one that I love singing in the car with my friends. Third Eye Blind is great!”

Asbury features…Abe Parker

Posted: January 23, 2012 by Leslie Ferrell in Asbury features

By Leslie Ferrell

Asbury University was visited this past week by its very own Abe Parker, a 2011 graduate and an aspiring and extremely talented musician. Parker is well known on Asbury’s campus for his upbeat and catchy songs that are fun and also have the power to inspire. He says he wants to write music that you can’t help but dance too, but music that is also inspiring and makes you think. “So think while you dance,” he says.

Parker has played all over campus, including coffeehouses at the student center, as well as down the road at Solomon’s Porch and at Common Grounds in Lexington, where many fans come to hear him play their favorite familiar songs, especially “Wendy,” “Maggie McGee” and “Love Runs Uphill.” However, this past Friday they gathered in Akers Auditorium to see the Abe Parker Band release concert for the new album, Ninety Percent of Reality. With this new album Parker says, “I am really trying to pursue one direction.” He loves the idea of creating something new, inventing a new type of music and a new genre. He describes his music as “John Mayer meets Maroon 5 and goes to Motown.” The songs have a pop influence, but they are also bluesy and groovy with a driving sound, similar to that of Stevie Wonder, and they make you want to sing right along.

Parker has been very successful with his music so far in his career. He grew up always being surrounded by music, as his parents both played instruments, and he himself received a ukulele when he was just 3 years old and his first electric guitar when he was 10. Needless to say, it has been a natural progression since then. “I guess the rest has really been history,” Parker said.

The new album has recently been released on iTunes, which Parker says is definitely a next step in the process, but it doesn’t mean near as much if people aren’t listening and enjoying it. He says, “If people really want to support the music I do, the best place to buy it is either from myself personally or you can get the entire album on Facebook too.” He is known for often giving out his CD’s to people who like and support his music, as he did at his concert on Friday night, and he hopes that everyone will share it with their friends and spread the word. He is very thankful and appreciative to all of his friends and fans for all of their support. “I’d rather people just enjoy the music that I’m making, just because I enjoy it and it makes me want to make even more music when more people like it,” Parker said.

Who’s on Anna’s iPod?

Posted: January 23, 2012 by Shelby Weakley in Who's on whose iPod?

By Shelby Weakley

Anna Phillips, a freshman at Asbury, is also the Secretary of the Unshakable class. She is a theater and cinema performance major who grew up in Bolivia. Anna’s taste in music always impresses me, so I decided to see what she would call her Top Ten favorite songs.

1. “Cosmic Love”—Florence + the Machine

“The message in this song really connected with me. Girl meets guy. Blinded by love. Doesn’t like being blind. But decides to stay in the dark anyways. It’s a classic mishap love story.”

2. “Trouble”—NeverShoutNever

“I absolutely love this guy’s voice. It’s beautiful. Also, I think it’s pretty fantastic that he’s playing a ukulele. I love the uke because of its unique, pitchy sound.”

3. “5 Years Time”—Noah and the Whale

“This is such an optimistic song. I love it because it’s upbeat, lighthearted, silly and it makes me think of senior year in high school.”

4. “Rain”—MIKA

“OK, I might like his voice even more. He’s got an incredible range and I like his story. But I like that this song is about bad days, but it’s not depressing.”

5. “The Perpetual Self, or ‘What Would Saul Alinsky do?’”—Sufjan Stevens

“It’s so chill. Enough said.”

6. “Bohemian Rhapsody”—Queen

“Classic rock. Freddie Mercury. And a quartet of British men. My life is so good.”

7. ‘’La Vie en Rose’’—Louis Armstrong

“I really don’t like saxophone. But this song kills me every time. It’s so beautiful and I have a soft spot for jazz. It touches the soul, and this song is so adorable.”

8. “A Nervous Tic Motion of the Head to the Left”—Andrew Bird

“I truly love how Andrew Bird tells stories in his songs. They’re not about him, but just narratives. It’s unique.”

9. “Marry You”—Bruno Mars

“Soooo cute. I think he’s got a great voice, and this song is every girl’s dream.”

10. (I’m ashamed of this one, but who cares): “You Smile”—Justin Bieber

“I think Justin is actually really talented. And this is such an innocent, romantic song.”