Archive for the ‘kll’ Category

On the Move (2007)

February 4, 2008

In 2006, Bono humbly comes before a National Prayer Breakfast in Washington DC, to address politicians and faith leaders. He passionately delivers a speech about the AIDS crisis in Africa. This speech was published in the short book On the Move, which is accompanied by compelling photos from Ethiopia. He draws upon Scripture, and the fact that it is no coincidence that poverty is mentioned over 2,100 times in the Bible. This evidence is a call to action to end this tragedy, and break our hearts.

Bono is pleading with all people, from all ways of life, to take action on behalf of justice, equality, love, and mercy. During his speech Bono requests an increase of support from the federal budget by ONE percent. This is known as the ONE campaign. ONE percent more means proper education, medicine and clean water for the poorest of poor countries.

“I truly believe that when the history books are written, our age will be remembered for three things: the war on terror, the digital revolution, and what we did — or did not do — to put the fire out in Africa. History, like God, is watching what we do.” — Bono, lead singer of U2.

-Kerri Landes

Check out ONE.org online or the book on Amazon.

A First Hand Look

March 22, 2007

Too often we define the city of New Orleans, by the devastating affects of hurricane Katrina. My perception was proved wrong, after returning to New Orleans for the second time on the spring break missions trips.

The people of New Orleans are filled with a spirit of hope, and a commitment to rebuilding their lives and communities. They are not defined by the storm, but rather by their incredible culture, and their perseverance to embrace change and continue the progress being made.

There still is a huge need for volunteers, so if you are interested in volunteering and visiting a unique culture Google Trinity Christian Community, Hollygrove, New Orleans. Or email me at kllandes@geneva.edu.

–kll

Thom Yorke – The Eraser (2006)

February 26, 2007
Somewhere in between all the blips, beeps, twitches, ticks and clicks Thom Yorke’s solo endeavor is artfully and creatively crafted into a must-listen album. The Eraser is a smooth yet tension-provoking album that embraces electronic alternative rock in its most raw form. Its nine tracks–some worthy of the repeat button–reveal a dark tone that somehow becomes beautiful in its own way. Others grow awkward, leaving you feeling uneasy; they demand a few listens to get past this.

At times you wait for a band like Radiohead–Yorke’s main project–to kick in, but it never happens. There is no grand entrance of instruments or a climax in each song, which is probably why he makes such a statement. The album does not follow what is expected– it’s linear and not begging for attention. The Eraser is not something you’d hear on the radio, but an album that can be downloaded on your “chill” playlist. It forces you to examine the uniqueness of generated sounds not often heard.

–kll

Bloc Party – A Weekend in the City (2007)

February 21, 2007
Dance like crazy, nod your head and rock out to the intoxicating sounds of Bloc Party swimming through your speakers. On the surface, the British alt. rock band sets themselves apart from most, as their sophomore album is just as good,, if not better than, their debut album.
Layered with profound yet chaotic tones about rebellion, sexuality (homo and hetero), addiction, racism, religion and terrorism, the band seeks to reveal the disjointed place one calls the city. The album, A Weekend in the City, is just that. Those unmistakable vocals of Bloc Party bring a complex dynamic to the table as they make it impossible not to feel the strains of frustration; but yet, the hopes of redemption that are found in the depths of relationships.

The feelings of discontentment are evident in their portrayal of this so called life we live in. “Drink to forget your blues on the weekend/Think about more things to buy/The TV taught me how to sulk and love nothing/And how to grow my hair long.” Mixing heavy with some mellow tones, accompanied with great drum beats, guitars and unique vocals pretty much sums it all up. The music is intense, mixing heavy and mellow tones with great drum beats, guitars and unique vocals. So, go ahead, it’s your turn to listen.

–kll
Listen.

Norah Jones – Not Too Late (2007)

February 7, 2007
Norah Jones and her newly released album, Not Too Late, once again strikes a chord with her rich melancholy voice that everyone loves. As an artist she is able to take easy listening and surround it with the greatness of a jazz, bluegrass and folk feel.

This time around, her new songs include more of a variety in the way they sound, and a more honest approach in lyrics. Revealing more of her artistic style, it allows the listener to have more of a peek into who Jones is as an artist. Her lyrics make a statement as they have more substance to them, but yet any type of negative emotion is often hidden by her graceful voice. ’cause we believed in our candidate/ but even more it’s the one we hate/ I needed someone I could shake/ On election Day.

She keeps the album light by her signature sound of combining the piano, guitars, bass and cello, but yet makes it bold by adding the unique sound of the trombone and backwards electric guitar. She sings with a passionate tone about the emotions that she feels from relationships and the reality of life. The album includes 13 songs that are either written or co-written by Jones. It’s easy to listen to, but yet she writes the kind of music that everyone can identify with, which is what makes the album so classic and definitely worth checking out.

–kll