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Preview: 'You Are What You Love' Lecture

March 22, 2017

Student Activities invites you to join us for the Every Square Inch Conference on Theology and Culture, an event we are co-sponsoring with the Center for Apologetics & Cultural Engagement. The event features James K.A. Smith, Professor of Philosophy at Calvin College, in two different settings:

  • Wednesday, March 29 – Coffee, discussion, and a book signing, 1:30-2:30 PM in Liberty’s Barnes & Noble Bookstore
  • Thursday, March 30 – A lecture on his latest book, You Are What You Love, 7 PM in the new Center for Music and the Worship Arts Concert Hall

The conference events are free, but you must have ticket to participate. You can pick up tickets in three locations:

  • Religion Hall room 101
  • The Student Activities Office in Green Hall room 2900
  • The Student Activities Office in Montview Student Union room 2760

If you have not done so already, we encourage you to pick up a copy of any of Dr. Smith’s books in preparation for this event. For an excellent preview of the lecture, no one can do it better than Dr. Smith himself can. He recorded ten short videos that preview You Are What You Love itself, including a brief summary of how it relates to his previous books. You can sample them here.
 


2000s Artist Highlight: Christina Aguilera

March 21, 2017

With Coffeehouse just a few more days away, you know exactly what that means – another 2000s artist highlight. Last but certainly not least, our 7th and final 2000s icon being highlighted “ain’t no other (wo)man but”… Christina Aguilera!

In 1999, Christina Aguilera released her self-titled first album, which sold more than 8 million copies and produced her first hits, “Genie in a Bottle” and “What a Girl Wants”. Since then, she has gone on to release 8 more albums*, featuring many of her top singles, including “Beautiful”, “Candyman”, “Hurt”, “Ain’t No Other Man”, “Fighter”, and “Pero Me Acuerdo de Tí”.

Similar to the other icons we’ve profiled so far, Christina had a deep passion for music from childhood. Her talent was discovered early when she “wowed audiences” on the program Star Search at just nine years of age. Her real rise to fame began around the same time as two other 2000s icons, Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears. All three were cast members on The All-New Mickey Mouse Club that aired in the early 1990s. This eventually led to the opportunity to record the song “Reflection” for Walt Disney’s Mulan just a year before her debut album was released.**

Aguilera’s talent is obvious and she has proven that throughout her life. She won Grammys for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, Best New Artist, Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals, Latin Best Pop Vocal Album, on top of her many other awards***. She was also the halftime performer at the Super Bowl in 2000 and has adorned just about every fashion and entertainment magazine in existence****. She made the list of Greatest Singers of All Time and Most Influential People in the World, she has been recognized as one of the greatest vocalists of all time, and is commonly referred to as “The Voice of a Generation”*****. Christina Aguilera is an undeniable icon of the 2000s and the final artist highlight before Coffeehouse: The 2000s. Get excited! It’s finally (almost) here!

 

 

Resources:

*https://www.discogs.com/artist/77855-Christina-Aguilera

**http://www.biography.com/people/christina-aguilera-9542394#commercial-success

***http://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/christina-mara-aguilera-1055.php

****http://www.encyclopedia.com/people/literature-and-arts/music-popular-and-jazz-biographies/christina-aguilera

*****http://www.uselessdaily.com/world/christina-aguilera-trivia-40-interesting-facts-about-the-singer/


Preview: Ellie Holcomb

March 15, 2017

Student Activities is excited to present An Evening with Ellie Holcomb on Friday, March 31 starting at 8 PM. Join us in the LaHaye Event Space as Ellie performs with special guest (and veteran of Student Activities concert events) Nicole Miller.

Tickets are on sale now on our website and are priced as follows:

  • Students - $12 in advance
  • Public - $17 in advance
  • Door price - $23 for everyone

When you visit our website, just click the “Tickets” tab and select the type of ticket that is best for you.

Ellie Holcomb’s star has been steadily rising since the debut of her Magnolia EP in 2011. Of course, fans of Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors have heard her since their formation in the mid-2000s. However, her feature tracks such as “The Wine We Drink” (from Good Light) or “Magnolia” (from A Million Miles Away) have always begged for her to go solo. Her vocals are light and pretty, recalling Leigh Nash at times, elsewhere reminiscent of Metric’s Emily Haines, and occasionally approaching the sacred CCM ground of early Amy Grant. However, singers with nice vocals are a dime a dozen these days, which is why Ellie sets herself apart as an outstanding songwriter. To put it in that very Christian way of describing art, her songs are not just excellent “worship,” they are excellent songs that happen to have a very worshipful tone. It is no wonder, then, that she received the Dove award in 2014 for New Artist of the Year.

We are looking forward to hearing her latest effort, Red Sea Road, performed live. She describes it as her declaration of God’s faithfulness, a faithfulness she says both “surprised” and “delighted” her*. It is a faithfulness, she explained, experienced through her father’s cancer diagnosis prior to the recording of the album, and is most certainly the source of the deep and weighty lyrics throughout the album. She further describes it as “sing(ing) the truth into the dark”, and songs such as the title track are her declaration of the truth that God is near regardless of circumstances. Another theme throughout the album is that of worth, the reality that one’s value is nowhere but in Christ, having no basis in performance or other human measures, a message heard especially on “You Are Loved” and “Wonderfully Made”. The highest praise we can give to her work is that it is Psalm-like in the quality and content of the lyrics. It is a patient work, allowing for four and five minute tracks such as “You Love Me Best” and “Man of Sorrows”, as though allowing the truth to speak as it heals and mends each struggle she presents. Red Sea Road, like much of Ellie’s other music, is a beautiful, truth-saturated work, and we cannot wait to welcome her in concert on March 31.

 

 

Resources

*https://www.ellieholcomb.com/news/2016/11/8/about-ellie


Preview: Field of Dreams

March 15, 2017

Student Activities invites you to a real ground-rule-double of a Movie Night as we present Field of Dreams on Saturday, April 1. The movie will be in The Liberty Baseball Stadium starting at approx. 7:30 PM, or, right after the baseball team demolishes Bethune-Cookman for the second straight game on their way to a series sweep GO FLAMES.

Field of Dreams (released April 21, 1989) is not a baseball movie, at least not in the same way that, say, The Natural or For the Love of the Game, also starring Kevin Costner, is. Sure, Field of Dreams has baseball in it, and baseball is definitely a sport. Yet, in 2008, when the American Film Institute completed top 10 lists of various genres*, Field of Dreams was #6 on the list of greatest fantasy movies of all time, but did not appear on the list of top 10 sports movies. Their assessment is accurate. Sports movies tend to feature the drama of sport: extended action sequences of a game and a win or lose moment on the field that defines a player or team. Field of Dreams does not really have either of those elements, at least not in a way that is essential to Ray Kinsella, the protagonist played by Costner. Adapted from the book Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella, the movie does feature “Shoeless Joe” Jackson and other members of the infamous “Black Sox” team who threw the 1919 World Series and subsequently were banned from baseball for life. “Shoeless Joe”, played by Ray Liotta, appears first from the cornfield, the initial answer to the mystery surrounding the famous line, “If you build it, he will come.” The rest of the movie is about Ray Kinsella pursuing the mysterious voice, deciphering that quote as well as two others: “Ease his pain” and “Go the distance.” His pursuit takes him to Boston where he meets famous author Terence Mann, portrayed by James Earl Jones, and then to Chisolm, Minnesota, to find former player “Moonlight” Graham, portrayed by Burt Lancaster. In every encounter, baseball is the constant, the foundation to the action, but hardly ever the prominent feature of on-screen action.

That is why Field of Dreams is not really about baseball, but the idea of baseball. It is the pre-steroid era, nostalgic, “as American as baseball and apple pie” idyll of baseball. Comments made by Liotta’s Joe Jackson and the famous speech given by Jones’ Terence Mann exemplify this. “Shoeless Joe” says that he would have played for food money, or even nothing, as he recalls the sights and sounds of the game. Later, while Ray’s brother-in-law threatens him with the loss of his farm, the voice of James Earl Jones provides the counterpoint: “People will come, Ray…as innocent as children, longing for the past.” It is a movie about faith, and even though, as Roger Ebert said in his 1989 review**, “the religion is baseball,” Ray’s out-in-left-field faith would not work without the trust and support of his wife Annie, played by Amy Madigan. It is a movie about fathers and sons, exemplified in the end by the relationship between Ray and his father and embodied in “Moonlight” Graham’s words: “We just don't recognize life's most significant moments while they're happening. Back then I thought, ‘Well, there'll be other days.’ I didn't realize that that was the only day.”*** Ultimately, Field of Dreams is a movie about missed opportunities and second chances, putting the ghosts of the past to rest not by resisting or escaping them, but by engaging and embracing them, no matter how risky or difficult it may seem.

Just to “cover our bases”, Field of Dreams is rated PG for “some language and thematic elements”.

This event is free to attend and as usual we will have FREE popcorn and cheap snacks and drinks available. Questions? Check our FAQ page to find answers. If that doesn't help, send us a nice email: studentactivities@liberty.edu.

 

 

Resources

* https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AFI%27s_10_Top_10

** http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/field-of-dreams-1989

***http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097351/quotes


2000s Artist Highlight: Chris Martin

March 14, 2017

Our artist highlight series continues with a few facts about your favorite band, Coldplay (cue the cheers, tears and “I love Coldplay!!!!”’s), and its front-man, Chris Martin. You may know Coldplay as a band, but you may not know much about its lead singer/pianist/rhythm guitarist, Chris Martin. In any case, we’re here to provide you with some information that may pique your interest in the British alt-rock band and their iconic lead.

Born in England on March 2, 1977, to a teacher and an accountant, Chris Martin is the eldest of five children.* The legend is that Chris Martin has had a passion for music from a very young age. He formed his first band, The Rocking Honkies, while in a preparatory school.* He then went on to the University College in London where he met his future Coldplay bandmates, Johnny Buckland, Will Champion, and Guy Berryman. Originally, they called themselves Pectoralz, then changed to Starfish, and finally settled on Coldplay*** (good choice).

In the year 2000, Coldplay debuted their first album Parachutes**, which took the No. 1 spot on the charts in the U.K. and landed in the top 200 in the U.S. Billboard charts. The album also received the 2001 Grammy award for Best Alternative Music Album.* Coldplay would go on to release 6 other albums along with many other singles, EPs and live albums.**  You may know some of their biggest hits, such as Clocks, Yellow, Paradise and Viva La Vida.

Apart from Coldplay, Chris Martin has written a variety of songs on his own. In the 2000s, he collaborated with many artists including Nelly Furtado, Swizz Beats, Jay-Z and Kanye West.* He is still actively collaborating with well-known artists – an example being his presence with The Chainsmokers in their newest hit song “Something Just Like This”. Don’t get any ideas about a solo project though - about a year ago, he went on the record saying “I will never do a solo record…because the only reason I’m able to do what I’m doing is because of the rest of the band.”

Coldplay’s alternative style is different from any 2000s icon highlighted thus far. From chart toppers to platinum records, Chris Martin has made himself an icon of 2000s and continues to make a lasting musical impact.

 

 

Resources

*http://www.biography.com/people/chris-martin-16466718#synopsis

**http://rateyourmusic.com/artist/coldplay

***http://www.boomsbeat.com/articles/22084/20150820/50-things-chris-martin-lead-vocalist-co-founder-band-coldplay.htm

****http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/coldplays-quiet-storm-20050825


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