Come one, come all! Battle of the Bands is coming to Alta High School. Under the direction of Ms. Moser, two bands will be battling their musical talents in an attempt to make it to regional competition.
Since 2002, the beginning of Battle of the Bands, Alta has won the most times out of all the competing schools in Utah. To this day, Alta is one of the biggest supporters of Utah Battle of the Bands. The two bands competing this year are “Hard Parsley” and “HarshMellow”.
Hard Parsley consists of Brigham Coon, Madi Riley, Gavin Eddington, and Weston Hanson. They are covering the song Ain’t Got No Sunshine by Bill Withers.
HarshMellow, a band consisting of Carlos Phouthavongsay, Ethan Christensen, Jonas Swanson, and Kolby Carillo, is an Indie Rock band.
During the time between the application due date and the battle itself, bands continue to practice their songs.
Both bands believe they need more practice. While HarshMellow feels like they will be completely prepared for the battle, Hard Parsley feels like they will not be prepared. Hard Parsley practices about two times a week and they don’t think this is enough to be the winner on the 27th.
While both bands may not feel ready to compete, the two are super excited to perform. Hard Parsley said that they are competing to have fun more than to win. HarshMellow also wants to have fun doing something that they love but they also are excited to play their first live show as a band.
Competing bands don’t just get to go up and play some songs. There are actually very strict rules that must be abided by. Bands get 10 minutes and 2 songs to convince the judges and the audience that they are the best band.
“This is the first time in three years Alta has held a battle of the bands so come out and support your fellow hawks.” announced Ms. Moser, “The winning band will get a $150 prize from the PTSA and move on to state. Come see who wins!”
As a huge fan of local and live music, I have personally attended battle of the bands many times over the past 3 years. There is no greater excitement than being on stage with a winning band. Whether you’re close friends with the members in the band or just school acquaintances, celebrating has never felt so good. It is so fun to see the local talent.
So on October 27th at 7:00 PM, come out and support Alta High Schools local bands. The musicians and the PTSA have put in many hours to make this an exciting night. Go hawks!
“The Band You know, The Story You Don’t.” This new film by Ron Howard tells the story about what happened during the touring years of the Beatles. This wonderful film contributes rare and unseen footage of the Beatles and information not previously known. This movie was a worldwide release and released to Cinemas on September 15, 2016. You can see it today at Megaplex: Jordan Commons in Sandy. This fantastically put together film got many fantastic reviews, including a 96% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Once you get into the theater, it feels as if The Beatles are talking to you while you watch the movie, telling the fantastic and sad story of the years they toured. Along with their mistakes (for example when people thought John had said they were “better” than Jesus), they didn’t stop touring until they were tired of the attention of the girls causing them to shake the stadium with their loud screaming and crying; including some female celebrities that got to go see some of their concerts. As quoted by Whoopi Goldberg in the movie, “It was f-ing amazing!” But I may warn you, you will enter the room to the stench of over fifty elderly people. Even though it may smell like old people, the movie is worth going to see. Especially for the Shea Stadium concert at the end of the movie after the credits. #BestPostCreditSceneEver. So buy two tickets, catch a ride to Jordan Commons and see the wonderful film: The Beatles Eight Days A Week.
How does the music you listen to affect your everyday life? The psychology behind the music that you listen to and the affects it has on your brain and emotions is actually very interesting. Ben Housman said that music helps him make friends and can bond with others in the music program no matter where he is. “Music makes me more able to combat life. It’s really just escapism for me because i can just retreat from my problems and bask in the rhapsodies,” said Abram Berry a freshman at Alta High School.
“Music is a really big part of my life,” said Addie Wray. Music makes it easier for her to study, and helps her express herself and her feelings. When Addie listens to music she feels better and likes to share this feeling with others by sharing her music.
“Music involves more parts of the brain than any other function that people perform,” according to a study conducted by the University of Florida. Lyrics alone affect up to four parts of your brain. This actually messes with your emotions quite considerably. The tone and rhythm of a song also has a lot of influence on different parts of the brain. Altogether, tone, rhythm, and lyrics affect the entire brain.
Because of the immense effect of music, there are so many great things music can do for you. Music can improve language skills, creativity, and happiness. Music can decrease anxiety, speed healing, increase optimism, and decrease pain. Music is also known to help with neurological disorders including Autism, Parkinson's, Tourette's, and Alzheimer's.
There’s also a whole lot of science about matching certain brain waves to prompt certain responses of the brain. I won’t go into that but if you are at all interested, look it up. It’s very cool. “It can immediately put me in a different mood depending on the mood of the music,” says Ivie Malcom, a student at Alta High School.
Music study can actually improve test scores. That should be good news for all of you taking AP music theory this year. Christian Affleck said that music engages both sides of the brain. When he is studying he listens to smooth jazz. This helps him retain the information and study faster. “The psychology of music makes it clear how profoundly important music education is to the success of individuals,” quoted the same University study.
Music is a healthy part of our lives so next time your parents tell you to turn it down you can tell them you are improving your mental health. Among pop and rock, alternative music tied for the favorite genre of music listened to by Alta students according to a recent survey. Alternative music covers a wide range of music and today we are going to give you a list of the top alternative songs right now.
My previous article was about how likely a zombie attack would be. But, as many of us ask “How would you survive the zombie apocalypse?” It is time to answer that age old question, using scientific and social evidence. For the purpose of this article, like the other one, we will assume that zombies infect humans and only humans by blood contact, can only be killed by destroying the brain, dead zombies are no longer infectious, and are somewhat slower than their human counterparts. First: Location. Location is the key to everything. There are good places to hide from zombies, and there are bad places. Remember your geography class? Well, Geography is arguably the most important thing to understand if you want to survive a zombie apocalypse. Better start listening. The climate, terrain, and demographics of an area will have the greatest affect on your survival, more than skill, weapons, and actions combined. One of the best places to be is somewhere surrounded by natural barriers, ex: Mountains, rivers, ocean, forest. This makes it hard for zombies to reach your location, and entire cities can exist with a lifestyle very similar to ours in such places. Some good places for this are Hawaii, Utah (YAY), Switzerland, Australia, India, and the UK. Colder places also work (Unless they are too cold for agriculture) because they will slow down zombies and make them easier to kill than they already are. Finally, it should be an area that had few people to start with, because that also equals less zombies. It also works to have a place with lots of people, but almost nobody in the surrounding area for hundreds of miles. Second: Information. It is important to know what your enemy is and what it is doing. Zombies are not exempt from this rule. In a zombie apocalypse, knowledge is the most valuable thing that one could have. It is important to observe zombies from afar or in a laboratory setting to understand what they are and what they do. You must know how a zombie will act to fight them and lure them into traps. You must know where the zombies are and where they are going to avoid them. This can be done on your own, but with others you can gather more information and even create advanced warning systems to survive. Third: Supplies. You must know how to sustain yourself and your allies to survive. You must know what plants are safe to eat and how to gather them. You must know how to get freshwater. However, the safest technique to weather a zombie apocalypse is to farm. This is much more reliable than foraging, and can sustain a large population of survivors. It sounds like a bad idea to stay in one spot, but if you heed the rule of geography it can become extremely easy to survive. It takes a lot of energy to move, and so moving from one spot to another should only be done in the most desperate of circumstances. Fourth: avoidance. Attacking zombies is the last thing that you want to do. Whenever you can you should attempt to escape a dangerous situation. In a full-out zombie apocalypse, it is nearly impossible to successfully launch an offensive against the hordes of the undead. That is why it is better to stay in relatively zombie-free zones. Weapons should be saved until absolutely necessary for defense and survival, and situations where fighting is necessary should be avoided. However, it is okay to quickly kill lone zombies because it will prevent the creature from causing issues later. Fifth: Traps. While attacking zombies is a bad idea, trapping and killing them is. The amount of zombies is limited to the population of infected humans, and the less zombies there are increases the chances of your little community surviving. Whenever and wherever possible, traps should be used to kill or disable zombies. If they are unable to move, they are no longer a threat and can be disposed of once resources are more plentiful. Traps can also be used to protect farms and people. Zombies are very stupid, so an entire horde of zombies could be defeated by a ditch and some fire. Every zombie you manage to kill using little or no resources increases your chances of survival almost exponentially. The zombie population is limited to the amount of people that they were able to infect, which would max out at 7 or 8 billion (The world’s population) Eventually, it would become possible to completely take back the earth if you and your fellow men and women manage to survive long enough. What you will notice is that a lot of these survival methods depend on knowledge. In a zombie apocalypse, knowledge is one’s best weapon against the undead. It is better than a flamethrower or machine gun or even a nuclear bomb. Only by understanding yourself, understanding your enemy, and understanding the world around you can you survive. However, let’s hope it will not take a zombie apocalypse for us to realize the value of knowledge.
Zombies are everywhere. They have invaded Hollywood, shuffled their way into popular TV, and have taken over the media en masse. We see the cultural concept of zombies everywhere. However, what if a zombie attack actually happened? The answer is simple, right? We would be killed and humans would be driven to a few small strongholds or groups of nomads. That is wrong: It is a lot more complicated than you may think. For the purpose of this article, we will assume that zombies infect humans and only humans by blood contact, can only be killed by destroying the brain, and are somewhat slower than their human counterparts. How would a zombie apocalypse turn out? It depends much on where it begins. If a zombie pandemic begins in the USA, it probably would never turn into a pandemic. The amount of casualties would likely max out at a few thousand, and that is a worse-case scenario. The actual numbers would probably be much lower. More people in the US die from heart disease every day.The zombie apocalypse would last for a few hours at most if it happened here. It would be a tragedy, but the world would move on. Part of this protection comes from our fear of a zombie apocalypse. We would notice it very fast if it actually happened. Most Zombie apocalypse movies take place in a world where the concept of zombies is very foreign, to allow for a more dramatic story. Another thing is that America has very lenient gun control laws. This comes with the dangers of homicide, but also beneficial results. One benefit is that we are very safe from an attack. As Isoroku Yamamoto, a Japanese admiral during WW11, described this by saying to one of his officers “You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.” There is almost one gun in the US for every single man, woman, and child, with plenty more ammo to go around. This concept of a strong civilian militia available applies to zombies, too. Even if they gain a lot of traction in the rest of the world, they would be fighting uphill the whole way through America. And guns are not the only weapon against zombies. A single person could potentially smash an entire horde of zombies to pieces with a semi-truck and a gallon or two of gas, and cars would work too. Even if the zombies are not killed by the wall of metal and motor oil, they would be so mutilated as to be almost useless. Finally, there is our military. If a zombie infection got out of hand at all (Which is statistically unlikely) we have our brave defenders of liberty to smoke them for us. America has one of the largest militaries on the planet, and has the best equipment/training. With the right orders, they could quickly put down a horde of zombies. However, the outcome of a zombie invasion would be much worse in some other countries. The most vulnerable countries would be those that are poor, heavily populated, or have few civilian weapons. Places where a zombie attack would (Probably) turn into a pandemic include but are not limited to: China, Russia, Iraq, India, Indonesia, North Korea, Egypt, etc. So if you really want the Walking Dead to happen, tell the zombies to start in China.
It is sad, but something that had to happen someday. This month was the very last episode of Myth Busters. As terrible as it is that our favorite science TV show is over, they went off with a bang. The final season was filled with amazing tests, from the implosion of an oil tanker to a gummy bear rocket, it did not disappoint. What exactly were the statistics of Myth Busters? According to Discovery channel, they did 248 episodes. In those episodes, they busted a staggering 548 common urban myths. 251 myths were confirmed to work, and 216 were deemed plausible. They set off 900 total explosions, destroyed 295 vehicles, and laid down 83 miles worth of duct tape. Yes, our favorite show runs on a lot of duct tape. Reliving our favorite moments is HARD. The list of episodes that could be considered our favorite is as long as the list itself. A few of the most popular are: The Terrifying Test, in which our hosts, Jamie and Adam, had to survive on a deserted island using duct tape; Lego Ball, in which they tested to see if a giant ball of Lego bricks could be a rolling weapon of mass destruction; Titanic Survival, where they tested to see if the heroes of the movie Titanic would have survived the ending; and the Star Wars Special, where they tested various Star Wars themed myths, like whether Ewoks could destroy an Imperial scout walker and if Luke could have swung across that gap in A New Hope. Now for the important question; where can we find all of the Myth Buster’s episodes to relive? Full episodes are available on HULU and on Discovery.com, but the series was dropped from Netflix years ago. Why did they do that? Nobody has a sure answer, but it is only one of the many popular shows that they have dropped for no apparent reason. Myth Busters may be gone, but they will never leave our hearts as a great TV show. Hopefully Discovery channel will allow us to enjoy the quick-witted comedy on their site for years to come.
As of December 24, 2015 the media gave us the best Christmas Present we would ask for: the world’s top band, The Beatles, streaming on Streaming Services. They will now be available on nine subscription streaming music services: Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, Amazon Prime Music, Tidal, Deezer, Microsoft Groove, Napster/Rhapsody and Slacker Radio. You can listen wherever and whenever. There are 17 albums available for you to listen to: “Please Please Me”, “With The Beatles”, “1”, “Abbey Road”, “The Beatles [The White Album]”, “The Beatles 1962-1966”, “The Beatles 1967-1970”, “Beatles For Sale”, “A Hard Day’s Night”, “Help!”, “Let It Be”, “Magical Mystery Tour”, “Past Masters”, “Revolver”, “Rubber Soul”, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” and “Yellow Submarine”. Their best-hit songs are on there, too. Songs such as: “Hey Jude”, “Yellow Submarine”, “Let It Be”, “Come Together”, “Help!.” The most streamed song is “ Come Together”, the lead singer being John Lennon. The song does not really have any meaning to it, it is random, just like every other Beatles song. If you have not got into The Beatles very much, this is a great way! Go to the Artist page on the streaming devices and just start listening to them. You will get sucked into the wonder that is The Beatles. Their genre is classic rock. They have a huge variety of the type of music they make. They have songs about love, changing the world, being happy and all these others. There is just a huge variety. They have two songs that are heavy metal: Revolution (Hey Jude album) and Helter Skelter(The Beatles[The White Album]). Revolution is about changing the world and giving peace to everyone. Helter is about a girl. Every single Beatle has written a hit single for the group. John Lennon wrote “Come Together” and “Help!.” Paul McCartney wrote “Let It Be” and “Hey Jude.” George Harrison wrote “Here Comes The Sun.” And Ringo Starr wrote “Octopus’s Garden.”
There is now a Beatles Vevo Channel on YouTube for you to view! It is has nine music videos for you to watch, one of them not available to the United States Of America, only in the United Kingdom. The channel has the music videos for “Words Of Love”, “Hello Goodbye”, “Revolution”, “A Day In The Life”, “Penny Lane”, “We Can work It Out”, “Hey Jude” and “Don’t Let Me Down”, three of which were live. There is also an interview of Michael Lindsay- Hogg who was the director for The Beatles’ music videos. He talked about how John wanted him to direct the music video for “Revolution”. (Omit) There are three live videos. They are “Don’t Let Me Down”, “We Can Work It Out” and “Revolution.” The most recent video released was “Don’t Let Me Down” on December 14, 2015.
In December of 2015, The Beatles released their most recent album called, “The Beatles 1+”. You can see the band better than you ever could before. It comes with three discs and a 124 page book. Disc one is a CD that contains 27 singles, disc two contains a Blu-Ray version for the 27 music videos, and disc three contains an additional 23 videos on Blu-Ray. All of the videos have been restored to their best condition by technicians. You can buy the Blu-Ray version off of Amazon for $46.89, an affordable price for hours of entertainment. You get this, say goodbye to your life. You will watch the music videos non-stop. They are all fantastically restored and are ready for you to watch!
Here at Alta High we have many students that love getting out in the snow around the perfect time of the year, which is now!! Located only around 30-45 minutes from the Alta campus are two amazing canyons in the Wasatch Mountains. Little Cottonwood Canyon has amazing snowfall with two resorts very unique to Utah. Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort has over 2,500 acres of skiable and snowboard-able snow. There is one Aerial Tram, 10 chairlifts including six high-speed detachable quads and four doubles and two conveyer lifts. Also at Snowbird there are 169 runs of snow. Alta Ski Resort is famous worldwide because only skiers are allowed on the slopes. There are 2,200 acres of “skiers only snow”, with 8 chairlifts, and snow cat skiing available with private instructor. Big Cottonwood Canyon also has two ski/board resorts. Solitude Ski Resort has 1,200 acres of beautiful snow with 8 chairlifts to bring you all along to wide mountain, easy access from your hotel to the slopes, Solitude is always making winter happier. Brighton Ski Resort offers days of skiing from 9 in the morning until 9 at night, with day-might pass packages called a “super ski day”. With over 1,050 acres of snow during the day, Brighton also offers 200 acres, three lifts, and entrance to the main terrain park at night from 4-9pm. Remember to get out there and have some fun in the season of snow! Ski and board wisely and have fun this winter!
The movie “The Forest” is a horror story about a woman whose sister was seen walking into the Aokigahara Forest, nicknamed “Sea of Trees.” Authorities believe that her sister is dead since many people that enter the forest never come back out. “The Forest” is fictional, however, Aokigahara is real. It sits at the base of Mt. Fuji in Japan and is the second most popular suicide site in the world, second only to the Golden Gate Bridge. According to fusion.net, three types of people enter the forest; hikers, those who are curious and those planning to take their own life. Signs line the trails reading “Your life is a precious gift from your parents. Think about them and the rest of your family,” with the suicide hotline written below. This tradition of suicide began when a Buddhist monks wandered into the forest to purify themselves by starvation. Later, in the 19th Century Aokigahara earned the reputation of being haunted when the elderly were brought to the forest and left to die, a custom called ubasute. Their souls are believed to haunt the forest along with bird-like demons, called tengu. Today, there 70 corpses are found per year by volunteers who clean up the forest. Authorities do their own corpse collecting and many bodies are left unfound. Exact suicide numbers are kept from the public to keep the forest from gaining popularity. The suicide numbers escalated when Seicho Matsmoto wrote “Tower of Waves” in the 1960s. The book tells the story of a couple killing themselves in Aokigahara, which is later described as the perfect place to commit suicide in another book called “The Complete Manuel of Suicide” by Wataru Tsumumi. “The Japanese do not feel that suicide is something bad, and it becomes apart of accepted behaviour,” said psychiatrist and author, Masao Miyamoto. Suicide is often seen as an escape from financial issues, and because of the high standards in Japan, 25,000 Japanese committed suicide in 2014. Throughout the forest, certain items can be found such as clothing and shoes that line the trails, abandoned campsites, and ropes that are used us trail markers. If you follow the ropes, there will be something at the end, often a corpse, so that a person who has killed themself is easier to find, although many people commit suicide there with the hope of not being found. The employees that work at the shopping center near the front entrance of the forest say that those planning to kill themselves are easy to spot and they always try to talk them out of it. “They wander around for a while before starting down the trail and are careful not to make eye contact with anyone,” said Kazuaki Amano, an employee. Workers from the local morgue must deal with the bodies. They have to spend the night with the corpses, as it is bad luck to leave the corpse of a suicide victim alone. It is believed that when they corpse is alone, its’ spirit will scream and its’ body will move.