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Staying entertained at home: Music and podcast recommendations

Staying entertained at home: Music and podcast recommendations

Hannah Locke, Staff Writer

June 4, 2020

Crafts, books, and spending time with your loved ones are a few ways to pass the time. Another way to stay entertained while also keeping your mood up is listening to music or podcasts. Apps like Spotify and Apple Podcasts offer free listening to everyone who is able to sign up.  Music is seen as ...

Loy Norrix choir student succeeds despite rare sight disability

Jessica DeRyke sings in choir teacher Julie Pelligrino's class.  Despite challenges, DeRyke excels in her school work and finds joy in singing.

Avery Strand, Guest Writer

April 21, 2020

Learning music and reading notes can be a struggle for anyone. It is even harder for fifteen year old sophomore Jessica DeRyke, who was diagnosed with a rare disorder called Peters Anomaly making her half blind.  “I was born with Peters Anomaly and it interferes with some genes,” said DeRyke....

The effect music has on the soul: Music is an important part of everyday life of young people

LN orchestra teacher Sandra Shaw is a skilled musician herself and plays multiple instruments.

Sophie Grover, Guest Writer

April 18, 2020

The bright fluorescent lights hit the backs of shiny wood and cold air wraps around every person in the Loy Norrix Orchestra room. C strings are tweaked, pegs are turned and bows are placed on strings. Sandra Shaw is the orchestra instructor at Norrix. She went to Western Michigan University for undergrad...

Sophomore uses music to get through bad days and deal with emotions

Feature photo from Petrillo's Facebook page.  Adeline was influenced by her mother's Kalamazoo based band.

Hannah Locke

April 14, 2020

“I think it is a really healthy way to process my emotions,” said sophomore Adeline Turner. “I am able to connect with parts of myself through music, and I have discovered a lot about myself through the artists that I enjoy.” Turner was raised by musicians and has grown up enthralled in the mu...

Singing: an unusual way to de-stress

Ariel Godinez performs at downtown Kalamazoo venue.

Luna Drumm-Walsh, Guest Writer

March 30, 2020

Freshman Ariel Godinez steps onto the stage, her shaking hands are holding a microphone. The crowd is still chattering in the background. She focuses on the glittering Christmas lights in the trees, takes a few deep breaths and then begins singing the opening notes of “Have Yourself A Merry Little...

Tenacious D to play at Kalamazoo State Theatre later this year

Tenacious D to play at Kalamazoo State Theatre later this year

Elliot Russell, Web Editor

March 6, 2020

The self-proclaimed “Greatest Band in the World,” Tenacious D, will be making their second-ever stop in town later this year. They will be at the State Theatre in downtown Kalamazoo on September 27 supporting “The Purple Nurple Tour...Twisting Hard to the Left!” Led by comedians Jack Black and Kyle Gass, t...

Winter Concert 2019

Winter Concert 2019

Lydia Snapp, Social Media Team

January 24, 2020


Loy Norrix choir sings to EmpowHER

The Loy Norrix choir performs at their concert on November 1st.

Jeanie Gould-McElhone, Arts and Entertainment Editor

December 12, 2019

The Loy Norrix Choir’s annual Cabaret was held the weekend  of November 1st and the choir put on an entertaining performance. Every year there is a different theme for the Cabaret concert. This year’s theme was EmpowHER, celebrating songs written and made famous by women.  Looking through thi...

Old School vs. New School: Two Generations Show How Music Makes Them One In The Same

Old School vs. New School: Two Generations Show How Music Makes Them One In The Same

Ciera Mcclenton

May 29, 2019

Music has always been emotion evoking. It can help you get through seemingly any situation or mood, either through expressing your emotions or coping. Everyone has go-to songs that they listen to during good or bad times. Musical taste has evolved, for better or for worse. Loy Norrix biology teacher V...

OK Go Bassist and Loy Norrix Alumnus Triumphantly Returns to Kalamazoo

Damian Kulash (left) and Tim Nordwind (right) of OK Go speak at meet & greet at the Kalamazoo Public Library. When Nordwind was growing up in Kalamazoo, his mother served as the president of KPL's Friends Board of Directors.

Elliot Russell, Web Editor

May 12, 2019

A flyer is plastered onto the bulletin by the office. It shows four men in bright attire, tangled up in colorful yarn. This poster advertises that their tour is coming to town, but it isn’t the first time for one of them.  “My friends, who I played in a band with in high school, someone’s Engl...

The Majority of Loy Norrix Students Prefer Spotify Over Apple Music

The Majority of Loy Norrix Students Prefer Spotify Over Apple Music

Audreanna Dunton

May 10, 2019

Music lovers nowadays enjoy the freedom of skipping as many songs as they please, having unlimited listening time, and having access to any music they would like to listen to. However, there has been a huge debate as to which is better, the streaming app “Spotify” or the streaming service “Apple Musi...

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