Nonfiction

I tend to write about music but have also written about things like film and politics.

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January 14, 2017

Be Thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;
 Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art.
 Thou my best thought, by day or by night,
 Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.

This past Sunday, as I sat in church and the offering basket was passed from row to row, the pianist played “Be Thou My Vision” softly, instrumental. As I listened, humming to my...

November 9, 2016

The red candidate

I attended a rally for the republican candidate for president on Monday, October 31 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The rally was held at Delta Plex, a small basketball arena. I went with one of my best friends. We had both cast our votes already. We were surprised that the celebrity candidate had come to Grand Rapids, a relatively smal...

October 30, 2016

When Beyoncé’s Lemonade dropped earlier this year, speculation over the health and future of Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s marriage percolated in pop culture, threatening to overflow. The album is frank about marriage infidelity, jealousy (or craziness), and independence. It is bold to give anger a chance to breathe. Yet, what many immediate reactions missed...

September 23, 2016

After a five-year hiatus, which was originally announced as a permanent break, the prominent Indie Rock band Bon Iver has announced a new album. In the past month, the band has released three new singles, each with incredibly strange names: “22 (OVER S∞∞N),” “10 D E A T H B R E A S T ⚄ ⚄,” and “33 ‘GOD.’” In this piece, I will focus on the third so...

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