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Goodbye, MSU | Adam Steinhauer
Goodbye, MSU | Adam Steinhauer
Adam Steinhauer, Marketing Director • May 10, 2024
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Goodbye, MSU | Adam Steinhauer
Goodbye, MSU | Adam Steinhauer
Adam Steinhauer, Marketing Director • May 10, 2024
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Eagle Spirit dancer Migizii Kwe dances with the audience at this years East Lansing Art Festival. Photo credit: Samantha Ku/WDBM
2024 East Lansing Art Festival Q&A
Samantha Ku, Writer/Volunteer • May 18, 2024

Heather Majano is the Art Festival & Arts Initiative Coordinator under the East Lansing Parks, Recreation & Arts department, she...

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Goodbye, MSU | Adam Steinhauer
Goodbye, MSU | Adam Steinhauer
Adam Steinhauer, Marketing Director • May 10, 2024
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Eagle Spirit dancer Migizii Kwe dances with the audience at this years East Lansing Art Festival. Photo credit: Samantha Ku/WDBM
2024 East Lansing Art Festival Q&A
Samantha Ku, Writer/Volunteer • May 18, 2024

Heather Majano is the Art Festival & Arts Initiative Coordinator under the East Lansing Parks, Recreation & Arts department, she...

Concerning the UFO sighting near Highland, Illinois | Sufjan Stevens

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An oldie but most definitely a goodie, “Concerning the UFO Sighting Near Highland, Illinois” is hauntingly beautiful. Perfect for this especially spooky time of year. The track opens Sufjan Stevens’ groundbreaking album, Illinois (2005), the one that thrust him to the forefront of sad hipsters’ minds (where he remains today).

The song begins with chilling piano pulse, almost like a fluttering heartbeat. Next come the flutes. The flutes! So feathery, so soft and naïve, so haunting. Finally, the vocals: Stevens conveys the most beautiful lyrics (dripping with imagery and symbolism) with his signature, ghostly voice sent to us from above. Both the meter and the key are somewhat ambiguous, adding yet another eerie quality to the piece.

Only Sufjan Stevens could combine aliens with biblical allusions and manage to make you cry while he is at it.

Here’s to you, Suf.

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