Roach’s Rhythm

Most of us listen to a song and are amazed by the vocals, the smooth guitar, the beating drums or the powerful lyrics.  Few of us take the time and think about everything that had to be put into that song, the person behind the scenes who puts everything together like a conductor to an orchestra.  That person does not usually get much love even though he brought all the elements together to create the songs that we all love listening to.  Junior Blake Roach is one of those few people who is passionate about creating music, producing it from start to finish.  

“I started freshman year,” Roach said. “I was always fascinated with how people created music and I wanted to do it myself.”

Although he produces different genres, his favorite is hip-hop.

“Freshman year was also when I started getting heavily into hip-hop and rap music; I loved it and I wanted to see if I could make beats like the ones I was hearing,” he said.

Much like how different mediums of art are used to portray different emotions, different types of moods produce different music for Roach.

“When I’m sad, I like to make softer beats that show emotion, and when I’m angry, I tend to make more aggressive sounds that show darkness,” Roach said.

Roach draws many inspirations from people in the industry today. He was first inspired by Young Chop and now he draws from classic producers like J Dilla, Madlib and FlyingLotus.

“I really would like to do this forever, probably on the side and see where it takes me,” he said.

You can check out Blake Roach’s music on Soundcloud at blakeroach12.

Tears for Paris

An event causing great suffering, destruction and distress;  this is the official definition of the word tragedy, and recently, the nightmare haunting the people of Paris.

 

At 9:20 p.m. November 13, the first explosions went off at Stade de France, a stadium where France was playing Germany in a soccer match. As the night went on, more explosions went off at restaurants and a concert hall. These attacks were carried out by suicide bombers and gunmen armed with assault rifles.  They have ties to the terror group ISIS.  

 

It is impossible to watch the news coverage of these attacks and not have strong feelings.  It is arguably the worst terrorist attack since Sept. 11. These people were just enjoying their lives on a seemingly normal Friday night, which makes it extremely difficult to imagine the horrors these victims experienced.

 

“It is obviously a really unfortunate and tragic event in Paris,” senior Lauren Wong said. “I have been to Paris and seen the beauty of it. It is heartbreaking to see this happen to such a beautiful place.”

 

Being a world power, the world looks to the United States in times of need such as this.  There are varying opinions on how and if the U.S should get involved.  

 

“This makes me very angry and it makes me want to go to war and fight for my country,” senior Ross Williams said. “I think there should be boots on the ground for sure.”

 

When the attacks on September 11 took place, high school students today were toddlers, with no real understanding of what had happened to our nation.  The main difference is that now, the people who would be fighting are people our age or close to it. They would be people we know, people we grew up with.  So this has a deep impact here at Center Grove; students would be going overseas to foreign lands to risk their lives.

 

“I feel like I should give back to those who have served” said Alexabelle Macias, a senior who plans in enlisting in the Air Force after high school.  “It makes me mad that I can’t enlist yet, because the attacks in Paris made me very upset, not only for Paris but all the other countries that have been attacked like Lebanon, and the United States could be next and we don’t even know.”

 

The painful emotions don’t stop there.

 

“It struck me very deeply that this could happen in a city as big and well known as Paris. I think we should not do anything independently but band together with other nations to help,” senior Grant Wright said.

 

In a sheltered environment like Center Grove, most of us are fortunate to have never experienced something similar to this.  However, just because students have never experienced something like this does not mean they aren’t empathetic to those who have been impacted.

 

“We are raising money to help the victims of Paris and Beirut attacks as well as Syrian Refugees,” PALS Club President senior Ally Colinco said. “We hope to raise over $500 and raise awareness of the horrors not only in Paris, but also in Beirut and Syria.”

 

The proceeds will all be given to three different organizations, based in Paris, Lebanon and Syria.  Students can purchase bracelets ($2) and T-Shirts ($10) at lunch the rest of this week.

Pacers Preview

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The times are changing for our beloved blue and gold. Some familiar faces have been lost but some fresh ones have been gained.

Defensive anchor of 7 years Roy Hibbert has been lost to the Los Angeles Lakers and emotional leader David West left for the San Antonio Spurs. The key additions are elusive scorer Monta Ellis and 11th overall pick and University of Texas standout Myles Turner. The biggest addition to the team is the return of perennial All-Star and MVP candidate Paul George from his gruesome leg injury from last summer.

What does all of this mean for our Pacers? With all these new players, it seems that the team is moving in a new direction. I think this is going to be a positive change.

In the past, our team has heavily relied on defense and there has been little production on the offensive end. By bringing in scorers like Monta Ellis, it would seem that the Pacers are looking to play a more fast-paced style of ball that has proven to be successful in the league.

Interest is growing as the home opener was Thursday, October 29.

Now a week into the season, the Pacers are off to a rough start of 0-3.  The second half of games last week have not been kind to the Pacers, ball movement and efficient shots are not somethings that has been happening a lot this season.

Chemistry appears to be the main reason that the team is struggling. With all of these new faces, it is going to be a while before the team connects and gets used to playing with each other.

I believe this team is going to surprise many Pacers fans. I think their new style of play will work to their advantage; they will be competitive with the best teams in the league.