Spartan Dischords To Perform This Friday Night

Spartan Dischords To Perform This Friday Night

Come and watch this talented acapella group spread some Christmas cheer!

It's 5:30 p.m. on windy Tuesday evening, and 13 shivering college students shuffle into the little white room on the second floor of the campus music building. Their chatter grows quiet as they find their seats in the shape of a half circle that fills the room.

It's finals week, but the Spartan Dischords have a concert this weekend, so exams and papers are set aside for a few hours to make time for practicing.

The Dischords is an all-male student acapella group at Michigan State University. Their group performs using just their voices, no background music, and no instruments. Keaton Ware is a member and believes that the Dischords are unique from other student acapella groups.

"We are a mix of comedy and acapella," Ware said. "We like to call it 'a blend of harmony and humor.'”

Member Brendan LaRose sits down at the piano and begins playing warm ups for the group. Their voices move up and down the musical scale. They sound flawlessly in sync, but LaRose stops occasionally to recommend changes and fix mistakes.

After warm ups, it's time to practice for their concert. This jolly group of singing students will take the stage at the Hannah Community Center (819 Abbot Road, East Lansing) this Friday night, December 8, to perform an assortment of holiday and contemporary classics. Their event, "Keg-Nog," starts at 7 p.m. and will feature both musical and stand up comedy performances.

As the wind blows furiously outside, Tyler Ekizian leads the group in a practice performance of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." Ezikia sings the words while the rest of the group provides the music using their own voices. His voice fills the room and the lyrics bounce beautifully off of the white walls.

LaRose continues to provide feedback on each of the 13 voices and their team as a whole.

"You have a really good sound, you just need to sing out and be confident," LaRose said. "Otherwise you guys sound really good."

Each member of the group has a special part to play in each song. Sam Bloch beatboxes while Jake Rummel makes a high "dim, dum" sound and David Mainero sings in harmony with the soloist. Each member plays an equally essential part in carrying out a perfect performance that wows the audience.

The concert on Friday night will feature an opening acapella group from Grand Valley State University. The Dischords hold annual concerts but also perform for a variety of events, including birthdays and weddings.

Mike Lundquist remained seated during practice with a scratchy voice, but he listened to the rehearsal and provided feedback on what he heard. He hopes that his voice is healed by Friday night, but in the meantime, he wants everyone to know how amazing the concert will be.

"It's unlike any other collegiate music show that you've been to," Lundquist said. "We bring a whole new aspect to acapella."

Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults. They can be purchased online or at the door. You can also view the event on the Dischords' Facebook page.

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The Thanksgiving season is a time we spend with our loved ones giving thanks for the blessings we are given. Here are 20 Bible verses that remind us of what Thanksgiving is all about:

1) 1 Chronicles 16:34

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

2) Colossians 3:15-17

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

3) Philippians 4:6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

4) Psalm 30:12

That my glory may sing your praise and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!

5) Isaiah 12:4-5

And you will say in that day: “Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted. “Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously; let this be made known in all the earth.

6) Hebrews 12:28-29

Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.

7) Jonah 2:9

But I will sacrifice to You With the voice of thanksgiving. That which I have vowed I will pay Salvation is from the Lord."

8) 1 Timothy 4:4-5

For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, if it is received with gratitude; for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer.

9) Psalm 28:7

The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him.

10) Psalm 100:4

Enter His gates with thanksgiving, And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him; bless His name.

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What Christmas Means To Me: An Atypical Prayer

You are where my life began and continues to grow, and the love is always unconditional, never ending, and felt as soon as you walk in the door.

This last Christmas, my grandfather gave me the opportunity to write the grace and prayer that is read before Christmas Dinner. Though it may not sound much like a typical prayer or a traditional grace, it sounded a little something like this:

"When I think of Christmas, I think of this moment right here. The one where we are all gathered together, bound together by love in a place where so many memories have been made. It’s the time that we get to spend together that makes Christmas so special, not the presents, not the food (though it is delicious and I’ll never say no to another one of Grandma’s cookies), but instead the bond that we continue to strengthen each and every year when we come together.

So this Christmas, I am thankful to be surrounded by a family that loves me. As I said in an article of mine that came out earlier this week, “never is the love in my house one-sided”, and that rings true here today. God has given us this holiday not only to celebrate Christ’s birth but also to remind us that the love of this family is never one-sided. It reminds us how special this family is, and how lucky we are to have one another.

I could not ask for better people to have in my life. I could not ask for better grandparents to teach me so many life lessons and to be there whenever I needed someone to turn to, parents that raised me into the strong, independent, and loving young woman that I am today, and a sister that I’ve become so much closer to this year and am proud to call my best friend. I could not ask for a better aunt and uncle that have never failed to make me feel loved and are always there to support me in everything that I do, and cousins that always take time to make sure I’m ok and give life advice that has helped shape who I am as I grow up. I could not ask for better little boys to be my little boys and bring joy and laughter to my life, and a dog that makes me happy to come home and I can always count on for kisses.

Christmas is my favorite holiday, but not for the reasons many people may think. It’s not because of the presents, or the cookies (though I do love them so please make as many as you can Grandma), but because of the love, I get to experience on this day. Family is where life starts and the love never ends, and in this family, this rings true. You are where my life began and continues to grow, and the love is always unconditional, never-ending, and felt as soon as you walk in the door.

Merry Christmas, I love you all with all my heart."

Christmas may be over, but the words in this prayer still ring true. Though people change and every holiday is different in its own way, these words will forever ring true.

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