Making Music from East to West


Kira Hynes

The artwork for the L.A. students’ album was created by a student and serves as a graphic novella that tells the story of the songs they created

The music scene in Decatur is a force to be reckoned with.

From bands forming in the current student body to those that have already graduated, it’s safe to say that Decatur’s student body tends to be very music-centric.

Senior JT Herndon recently joined a band, Stratford Music, started by junior Conor Lacy.  The two and their fellow band members have begun the creative process that Herndon described as “a lot of fun.”

Besides the tunes, part of the beauty of making music is the group spirit of the work.

“I love the collaboration because pretty much all musicians are cool people,” Herndon said. “It’s just really fun.”

Like Herndon and the other band members, a handful of high schoolers in Los Angeles, California set out with one idea in mind: they wanted to make music.

Through an interactive media class, five students got together and collaborated to create an EP to be released on Dec. 23.

They call themselves Rip N’ Time and their album “Playing Her Guitar Suite.”

Comprised of three mostly instrumental songs, this EP intends to tell a story and, through it’s Stone-Roses-gone-ambient style, is very successful. Emily Woodbird, the student publicist for the album, said that the band was inspired by The Beatles, the Byrds and other Classic Rock bands — and they hold true to their influences.

The old-school lead vocal intonations are artfully surrounded by steady drums, soothing, airy backup vocals and a series of gutsy, retro guitar riffs. As Woodbird put it, it’s the band’s “discovery of dreamy soundscapes.” Altogether, the EP creates a “you’re a champ, go get your dreams” sort of vibe.

If anything, these students’ project not only serves as an example of the beauty of musical talent, but as one of just how meaningful successful collaboration can be.

As far as Decatur goes, success in the music scene isn’t unheard of. Perhaps one day Rip N’ time will be on the rack next to a Stratford Music album. Despite both their old-school sounds, the two are sure to impress their modern audiences.