A duo in perfect harmony: Radnor & Lee interview

Article written for Flyer News, published May 22, 2017.

    Josh Radnor and Ben Lee’s newest musical endeavor breaks away from the traditional music scene by incorporating meditative, thought provoking lyrics into folk pop songs. Brought together through their love of philosophy and acoustic music, Radnor & Lee are a match made in harmony heaven.

    Radnor and Lee have had their fair share of success through their previous projects. Lee started his musical career in the ‘90s Australian alternative-rock band, Noise Addict and has been producing indie-pop music for almost 25 years. Radnor, famously known for playing Ted Mosby on the CBS hit show “How I Met Your Mother,” has spent most of his career acting, directing and screenwriting.

    Friends for over a decade, Radnor and Lee began this project and the rest came naturally. Radnor & Lee’s debut single, “Be Like The Being,” dropped this past Friday on all music platforms. Flyer News got the chance to talk to Radnor & Lee about their newest single, their friendship as songwriters and how they have made this endeavor their own.

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Touching souls with “TENDER SOULS”: PETE RG interview

Article written for Flyer News, published May 27, 2017.

    Smash hit songs tend to have the same formulas: a catchy chorus, overly vague lyrics and a big name in the industry featured on the song. The formula PETE RG uses is a little different.

    “The way I work, I’m a little more ‘boutiquey’ sort of speak,” said Pete RG, vocalist and guitarist of PETE RG. “I’m not going to be making or writing songs that you’re going to find along the lines of Katy Perry or these big smash pop songs, that’s just not my thing.”

    His “thing” is creating music that has more of a meaning. His lyrics and intricate guitar rhythms give his songs an opportunity to touch listeners’ souls on a deeper level.

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F*@K politeness: The Femme Fatigue Project

 This piece was part of an assignment that had to relate to University of Dayton’s campus community. Written spring 2017.

    Humans live busy, tiring lives. Pulling an all nighter to catch up on homework, running errands all day and breaking a sweat while working out at the gym are all exhausting tasks that constantly occur for many people. The most exhausting of them all is often unspoken and goes unacknowledged: being female.

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Top 20 songs of 2016-17 school year

Article written for Flyer News, published April 25, 2017.

When students stroll down the streets of UD’s student neighborhood, words are often projected from different houses that lively echo throughout the neighborhood. And no, this time it’s not the word “community” that is so famously thrown around. These words are lyrics to songs that flow from fellow Flyers’ porches and houses when it is a nice day outside.

From the catchy drop in The Chainsmokers’ chorus of “Closer,” to the pop acoustics in Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You,” the Flyer community was listening to great music this school year.

From a fellow Flyer’s point of view, here are the top 20 songs from the 2016-2017 school year at the University of Dayton.

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Artist Spotlight – Olivia Garzona

Article written for Flyer News, published March 21, 2017.

Olivia Garzona, a junior fine arts major, spends most of her days in Fitz Hall. She begins her day how any other person would: waking up, eating breakfast, and preparing for her daily responsibilities.

She then takes her familiar walk down Brown Street to Fitz Hall with the goal of getting her daily fix of art. From printmaking to screenprinting, then painting to photo studio, her usual classes always encourage her to create something new. Then, she ends her day, wakes up the next morning, and does it all over again. It’s a constant cycle of creativity.

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Letter to my 16 year old self

This piece was assigned after reading multiple feature writing stores about self reflection and letters to our past selves. Written spring 2017.

To my 16 year old self

Dear 16 year old me,

I’m here to bring you the good news: you eventually get your braces off, you end up successfully removing that tacky One Direction bumper sticker off your car, and you actually survive high school.

You’re going to spend a lot of your high school years stressed, overwhelmed, and just bored. Your constantly flushed cheeks will slowly become a norm, mainly triggered when randomly being called on in class or social anxiety striking. Going to a private high school that overemphasizes cliques, being popular, or how expensive your prom dress was became understandably old after a while. Oh, and you’ll never have to wear khakis or polos again, thank god.

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Writing a scene – “Next Truck”

This writing assignment focused on bringing a visual image or moment to life. In class, we watched “Next Truck”, a documentary focusing on the closing of the GM plant in Moraine, Ohio. I took one of the final moments from the closing of the GM plant and brought it to life through words. Written spring 2017.

The death of a GM plant

     The day has finally come. On a cold winter day, the GM Truck Group is shutting down its plant in Moraine, Ohio. The plant is home to thousands of workers who spent a majority of their lives working for GM. This move by GM has left the workers afraid and saddened as they try to scramble for new jobs.

The living, breathing entity that was the GM plant is taking its last breaths. The plant is on its deathbed.

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