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[EBRUARY 1988

U. THE NATIONAL COLLEGE NEWSPAPER 17

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EBRUARY 1988 U. THE NATIONAL COLLEGE NEWSPAPER 17

ianist strikes
e right keys
y Adrienne Toomey
The Hoya
eorgetown U., DC
When John Brennan, now a George-
own freshman, began taking piano les-
ons at the age of eight, he had no idea
hat nine years later he would play for
wo thousand people in a Leningrad
oncert hall
Since then he has given innumerable
performances, ranging from jam ses-
~ions in Irish pubs to formal concerts at
ome and abroad. Although he enjoys
laying songs by contemporary artists,
se says that "classical music is the most
challenging type of music to play. I had
strict classical training until I came to
Georgetown. If I only played Billy Joel
and George Winston, my overall skill§
would deteriorate."

Brennan's hours of practice have not
been in vain. In 1985, hehbecame a mem-
her of the Massachusetts Youth Wind
Ensemble, which consists of roughly 50
musicians, and is affiliated with the
New England Conservatory of Music.
When Daniel Riley, the ensemble's con-
ductor, heard Brennan audition, he im-
mediately gave him the pianist posi-
tion. Brennan says, "I probably just
happened to he at the right place at the
right time."
The ensemhle left for a three week,
seven performance concert tour
through the Soviet Union April 16,
1986. One performance in particular
stands out. "We were playing in an enor-
mous concert hall in Leningrad. It was
obvious that we were Americans, and
people, especially the older generation,
had said some snide remarks to us. Any-
way, when we walked out on stage, all
that just melted away."
"At one point in the concert, I played a
Russian folksong called 'Moscow
Nights.' It's shout the Russian people

who died in World War II. When I first
saw the song four months earlier, it
didn't really mean that much to me. Sit-
ting in my own living room, I never
guessed the impact it would have. When
I began playing it in the Leningrad con-
cert, the entire audience began singing
the song in unison. I remember looking
up and seeing two old ladies in the front
row crying. It's hard to express how I
felt-it was so beautiful."
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Morrison infuses
soul into new LP
By Kevtn MKeever
The Hatchet
George Washington U., D.C.
Van Morrison is a rare breed in to-
day's field of head-bangers, wimpy bal-
ladeers, and pop flash-in-the-pans.
His latest work, Poetic Chompions
Compose, keeps the faith of hard-core
"Van the Man" followers with a lush and
romantic set of tracks that leave enough
room to attract a new generation of
listeners. 4
Compose is one of Morrison's most ac-
cessible works. The instrumentals
"Spanish Steps" and "Allow Me", which
open and close the album, are sensuous
jazz/blues pieces that gently roll in and
out like the mystic fogs and seascapes
about which Morrison has written so
many lyrics.
Those who enjoyed the freshness of
Bruce Hornsby's piano in his debut
album will appreciate Neil Drinkwa-
ter's crisp work on "Alan Watts Blues."
The lyrics, a romanticized call for a brief
vacation from "the ways of mice and
men," are simple, but define the feeling
of oneness Morrison is eternally in
search of
Morrison's husky soul singing in
"Someone Like You" and his arrange-
ment of the traditional folk tune "Some-
times I Feel Like a Motherless Child"
make every pseudo-soul man on top-40
radio sound like a three-year-old
attempting to sing lead tenor at a Ken-
nedy Center Opera.
In all, Poetic Champions Compose is a 0
fine piece of deep expressionism.
No more ska
for L.A. band
By Dave Miller
State Pess
Arizona State U.
The Untouchables will have no more '
of this ska talk, thanks. Although they
were once a band leading the "Two-
Tone," or early 80's skareggae revival
that saved America from the depths of
Rick Springfield, now the Untouchables
will hear no more of it. It's time for new
things.
"At one time, we were directly from
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touchables guitarist Clyde H. Grimes
Jr. "But as a band we've kind of grown.
We don't do much ska anymore." What
they do now is dance music. And they do
it well. Grimes said the theme for the
band's performances, and for their new
album, which they'll begin recording af-
ter their MTV New Music Tour is over,
is "high energy."
The Untouchables have been happen-
ing more and more since their 1981 Los
Angeles beginnings. They began play-
ing clubs and recording several LP's,
including the popular "Dance Party."
Their first actual LP, entitled "Wild
Child took them completely into a
hard driving dance mode.
Their publicity says the LP offers "a
collection of songs that are as sharp as a
crease in sharkskin and as funky as a
downtown summer night." That's pretty
accurate.
Their relationship with their audience
is stronger than ever. "You know1 it's
really weird. We haven't had anything

out in a long time, but the audience is
bigger than it ever was."

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