Arts & Entertainment
Morgan County senior center takes on “American Idol”
Story By Katherine Purcell - Photos By Angelina Bellebuono
It was a scene fit for Simon, Randy and Paula.
By Jessica Blomquist
August’s First Friday exhibit sponsored by The Madison Artists Guild and The Shops at Icehouse Underground will feature works by artist Wayne McMichael.
McMichael specializes in watercolor portraiture, graphic design, web design, and digital and natural media illustration.
It stands in its location on South Main Street a glorious architectural tribute to the historic South, a perfect example of Queen Anne Style.
By Jessica Blomquist
Starting July 15, the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center unveiled its newest art exhibit, Glitz Practice, featuring paintings, photography, and mixed media installations by Tobin Hines and Mike Chapman.
Story by Angelina Bellebuono - Photos by Angelina Bellebuonon and Patrick Yost
By Malin Dartnell
When I found out that Jason Mraz was coming out with a new album, I was excited, to say the least. Not the sort of crazy, counting-down-the-minutes-until-it-is-released, obsessive excitement that some fans feel about their favorite artists, but I was really looking forward to the new album, entitled "We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things."
Of his three preceding albums, "Mr. A-Z" and "Waiting for my Rocket to Come" were the only two that I was familiar with, but when I say “familiar,” what I mean is that I know just about every word on both albums. His laid-back sound, cheerful and clever lyrics, and clear, beautiful voice combine to create an album that never fails to lift my spirits. In addition, other than the occasional slightly risqué reference, there is enough variety on each album to please just about anyone.
Then, to add to my anticipation, he released the single, "I’m Yours," and I fell back in love with him. As simple as the song is, it is just catchy enough to have kept me singing nonstop for about a month. If the bubbly tune isn’t enough to make you smile, the witty and charming lyrics certainly will do the job.
Upon listening to the new album, however, I was slightly disappointed. Admittedly, there were several songs that I really enjoyed. When Colbie Caillat paired up with Jason Mraz in "Lucky" and James Morrison joined him for "Details in the Fabric," for example, they created wonderful songs. However, overall, the album is a bit too “easy listening-esque” to suit my taste. So, while I would more than recommend the first two albums, I don’t know if I would go out of my way to buy his newest. But that’s just me.