Thursday, June 24, 2010

A Thriving Music Scene

John Mirisola is a senior English major at Gordon with a creative writing concentration and a psychology minor. He shares a summer post with Notes Along the Way on the band-scene at Gordon College...and the music made along the road.

"The music scene at Gordon is vibrant. Many people have heard of CASPIAN, a very successful instrumental rock band who got their start at Gordon, playing shows in Gilles Lounge in the Lane Student Center. What they may not know, is Gordon’s music culture continues since CASPIAN graduated. Gordon has also spawned bands and artists like After the Sirens, Dreamtigers, and songwriter Meg Lynch, currently on tour with musician Talain Rayne.

I myself have been lucky enough to take part in Gordon’s music scene. In the fall of my sophomore year, three Gordon friends and I formed our band, Glass America. It’s been only two years since our first clumsy dorm-room practice, and in that time we’ve been signed to a small local label, Driven Records; recorded and released an album, Redivivus; added a member; and played quite a few shows in the greater-Boston area. Currently, we’re wrapping up the writing of our next album, most of which we plan to record in the Gordon audio lab this fall.

There’s something about Gordon that incubates musicians, and maybe it's not only the excellent music program. Our Gordon friends come to our shows; they use our music in professional slide shows and theatre productions. Gordon even has its very own music blog, Redeem and Record, which showcases Gordon artists with interviews and acoustic performances. Ultimately, I think Gordon bands and musicians succeed not only because of the talent they possess, but also because the community here wants to see them flourish, and does whatever it can to build those groups up and help them along."

3 comments:

Billohno said...

It is impressive to read, "There’s something about Gordon that incubates musicians, and maybe it's not only the excellent music program. Our Gordon friends come to our shows; they use our music in professional slide shows and theatre productions." Is is just me or is there something missing here? I don't hear so much as a reference to Jesus in this testimony. And as I click-through to the bands, I'm still searching for Him. Nope.

Gordon College is the only Christian College in the Boston area. What an awesome role to play in witnessing Christ to a community that is so needing for Jesus. If the community gets from Gordon that which would be expected of a high quality, yet secular, liberal arts college, then it begs the question, how is Gordon College's witness?

I applaud the students who shine in their endeavors - praise God for sure. I guess I'm sitting here wanting. Waiting. And asking, "Is that all there is? Is that what it's all about?" Praying.

Patricia said...

Dear Billohno,
My apologies that it took us so long to get your comment posted--summer vacations got in the way!
You are asking worthwhile questions--any of you Gordon musicians want to address them? points

John said...

I know that Christ is very much in the midst of what my band does. We do not necessarily mention him by name in much of our music (as we are mostly instrumental) but He is the reason we play music, and the hope we find in Him is central to the message of both albums we have written together, and I do believe if someone really listens to our music or reads our song titles even), reads our band bio on our myspace, looks through our band's blog, or has a conversation with any one of us at a show, they will be able to see that, ultimately, what we are doing comes back to God. Personally, I think this is a very positive outgrowth of Gordon's witness.