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Jamie Lawson Hits the Mainstream

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Jamie Lawson is definitely one to watch on music’s upcoming horizon. He was recently signed to Gingerbread Man Records, the label created by British pop-star Ed Sheeran. He is also currently opening for One Direction on the On The Road Again tour.  Lawson’s song Wasn’t Expecting That got major air time on the radio in Ireland, as Lawson is from Plymouth, England, and then became wildly popular in the United States. It is now playing on radio stations across our nation. Lawson’s first performance in the U.S. was on The Ellen Show.

According to MTV music, Ed Sheeran grabbed Lawson at the first chance he got and put him as the first signee to his label. “Why hasn’t anyone signed him? Well, I know who I’m going to sign, and it’s Jamie,” Sheeran said.

Everyone should really look out for Jamie Lawson and his folksy, soulful sound. He’s already signed by Ed Sheeran, so he must be pretty cool. Sheeran also stated that it was the only song that made him cry the first time he heard it. That’s pretty impressive.

Made in the A.M. Review

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“It’s inevitable that everything good comes to an end,” sings Liam Payne  on “Love You Goodbye,” a wistful song from the One Direction’s fifth album, “Made In The A.M.”

The tune is about a romance’s demise but the quartet, this is their first album since former band member Zayn Malik’s departure back in March of this year. Niall, Liam, Louis and Harry are still going strong as every. Since their first album ,2012’s “Up All Night”, the band has gone non stop putting out chart topping albums, reliably delivered every November, to sold – out stadium tours with little down time in-between.

“Hey Angel” kicks the album out like most of One Direction’s previous albums. It is a loud opener,that certainly grabs the listener’s attention. “Drag Me Down” and “Perfect” were already released as singles earlier this year. And while the “Drag Me Down” music video was kind of fun the “Perfect” music video gives masterful sketch of the boys outside of music. “Infinity” was released to fans earlier before as well.

“End of the Day” is such a fun, and energetic song mostly because of the switch in sound between the verse and chorus; but in the end it’ll have you banging your fists just in time with it and singing the chorus. “If I Could Fly”, is a emotional/vulnerable song is written so well by Harry Styles. The emotion coming from the boys’ voice will have you in tears. “Long Way Down” has a quick series of notes very similar to Train’s “Drop of Jupiter”.

“Never Enough” is like “Act My Age” of this album. The song has a funky sound that will make you singing and dancing in the mirror while no one’s watching. Too much never really enough when it comes to this song. “Olivia” has been a huge favorite of the album, written by Harry Styles. Imagination and play on words only Styles would think of as sneaky. (Olivia = I love you) , very sneaky Harry.

“Love You Goodbye” and “I Want To Write You A Song” are somewhat similar as they are both filled with so passion like the others. “Love You Goodbye” is like the end of a wild relationship where you fell so fast and hard but you both are waking up now, and “I Want To Write You A Song” is the only song on the album that did not have one of the boys’ working on it.

One Direction’s other songs “Temporary Fix”, “Walking In The Wind”, “Wolves”, and “A.M.” are perfect they bring the album to an end.  “Made In The A.M.” is understandably One Direction’s best album. The boys in the band have grown in their five years together and it shows in every song on the album. “Made In The A.M.” is an ending and a goodbye or some sorts, but it’s certainly not the end.

Turkeys aren’t the only ones flying this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time of year when people from all over the country join together with friends and family for a time of thankfulness and food. For most reuniting with relatives requires traveling for the holiday, whether it’s just traveling across town, another city, or booking a flight half-way across the country.

The most common assumption is that Christmas is the most traveled holiday, however that is incorrect. During the Thanksgiving travel period, the number of long distance trips, a destination 50 miles or more away, increases by 54 percent, which is 31 percent higher than the Christmas season, according to the United States Department of Transportation. The most common form of transportation to make these long distance travels is by car, at 91 percent. Transportation by use of planes is only a whopping 6 percent over the Thanksgiving season.

Blue and Gold ran a poll including 75 Findlay High School students to see travel patterns and percentages at our very own school. 60 percent of student travel to their family for

Thanksgiving and the other remaining 40 percent of students’ family travels to them. The majority of students who travel, at 75 percent, use cars as their transportation. While the other 25 percent travel by plane.

“My whole family flies to Maryland, Virginia to meet with my grandparents on Thanksgiving. Some of my relatives from Texas also meets us there. My family prefers flying because it’s quick and easy. The flight there only takes two hours.” Senior, Drake Heidepriem said.

Contrasting, Junior, Johnna Richter’s family prefers their long distance traveling to be done by car over the holiday season.

“Every year my intermediate family and I travel by car to Knoxville, Tennessee for Thanksgiving at my great aunt’s house. I love Thanksgiving because it’s one time of the year when I can see all my family.” Richter said.

For many like Richter, Thanksgiving is one of the few times that everyone in their family gets together.  However, not everyone believes the travel is necessary. It’s not about how far you go, it’s about where you call home.

“I spend Thanksgiving at home with my mom and every year she makes a great meal and its really small and quaint but I love it.” Senior, Jordan Sabo said.

While the majority of people may travel during Thanksgiving, at the end of the day it’s not where you’re at, but who you’re with. Thanksgiving may commercially be about traveling, but for most it’s just a time to enjoy what you have, whether you have to travel to them or not.

Fashion Frenzy

‘Tis the season for airing new shows. Everyone looks forward to a new season of their favorite show or a new series that has caught their eye. One new show for fashion lovers called Project Runway Junior. Project Runway has been a successful show, and now they are giving kids a chance to participate in the fun.

During this season of Project Runway Junior, a group of twelve diverse teens ages 13-17 from different places (two originating from Ohio) will show off their unique design aesthetic. In the first episode, they were greeted by host and model Hannah Davis and their mentor for the season Tim Gunn. They began by seeking inspiration, such as the New York City skyline. They are allowed to snap photos of the buildings or streets with their cell phones so they can have their inspiration near them at all times. Then, they were provided with sketch pads and spent some time planning out their detailed and complex designs for their garments. Once their time is up, mentor Tim Gunn told them that the next day they will begin to construct their garments.

The next day, they traveled to Mood Fabrics where they are given $200 to spend on fabrics of all different colors and materials. They were only given a short amount of time to find out the prices of the fabrics, how many yards of it they would like to purchase, and repeat until they have all they need. Once they were done shopping, they began constructing. Tim Gunn told them to be fearless, and they followed his advice by using velvet fabric, bright reds, pinks, and different textures. They were given varying amounts of time, depending on the day, to complete their look. They must make sure it fits the model. If it doesn’t they must tear apart what doesn’t fit and start over.

Once the designers are completely finished, they present their pieces to the judges, fashion designer Christian Siriano, Cosmopolitan and Seventeen magazine writer Aya Kinai, and Fashion Police’s Kelly Osbourne. After the models strut down the runway, the judges critique each design. The best designers will be safe, but the bottom designer must pack their bags and return home.

This repeats each week until a champion is crowned. The winner will receive $25,000, a full ride to Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, a feature in Seventeen magazine, and their very own home studio. Project Runway Junior air on Lifetime each Thursday night at 9:00.

Blue and Gold’s Furry Friends

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  • Bailey’s chameleon is named Cam. He’s very interesting to have as a pet. He is a freaky eater and avid climber.

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  • Claire’s cat is named Pebbles and she is 8. Her dog is named Molli and she’s cute but a pain.

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  • Kaitlyn’s dog is a 10-year- old boxer named Kelly. She loves sleeping and she likes to stick her tongue out.

  • Kayla’s dog is named Caramel and she likes attention.

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  • Meghan’s cats, Puma and Bootie, are both stray and they found her. Her dog Azzy is15-years-old and is her best bud.

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  • Tim’s dog Cassie is a mini schnauzer. His brown cat is named Snickers and his other cat is named Saddie. Snickers is Tim’s favorite because she has grown up with him.

A look at Thanksgiving Traditions

Even though Christmas music is starting to take over everybody’s car radio, it’s not time for Christmas just yet. Before Christmas comes Thanksgiving, and even though the holiday doesn’t usually consist of gift-giving and caroling, many Findlay High School students have Thanksgiving traditions of their own.

Sophomores Emily Cairns and Joran Fuller always run the Turkey Trot – a 5k marathon held on Thanksgiving Day. “My dad and I get up on Thanksgiving to run the race at 9 a.m.,” Fuller said. “We do it every year!”Instead of doing actual exercise, some people prefer to just watch other people burn calories.

“Most of my family watches football on Thanksgiving,” Junior Duncan Longberry said. “The ones who don’t help out with the cooking. We make a ton of food!”

Millions of people share Longberry’s food tradition. Having a large, delicious meal with family and friends seems to be the most common Thanksgiving trend among Findlay students – and most of America. In fact, 88% of Americans cook and eat a turkey – the staple Thanksgiving food – to celebrate the holiday.

No matter what you do to celebrate Thanksgiving, remember what the holiday is really about; being thankful for what and who you have.

25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Findlay High School’s fall play is a one-shot musical comedy directed by Andy Cantrell. It Includes improvised moments from the cast, the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee centers around six middle schoolers competing to win their school’s spelling bee.

Senior Miranda Ravenscroft said, “It’s about a group of quirky kids with unique personalities participating in the spelling bee. We even get insight into some of their personal backstories.” With the relatable humor, the show is bound to be a hit.

The musical will take place at Findlay High School Friday, November 13 and Saturday, November 14 at 7:30 and Sunday, November 15 at 2:00. Tickets are $10 each
and for more ticket information, contact acantrell@fcs.org.

Movie Preview

Mockingjay Part 2

Release Date: November 20

Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Donald Sutherland

Summary: Katniss Everdeen (Lawrence) “The Mockingjay” leads the districts of Panem in an all-out revolution to win their freedom from the oppressive Capitol led by President Snow (Sutherland).

Reasons to Watch: The final part of the epic conclusion to the Hunger Games series will be  must see. With Mockingjay Part 1 ending with the aftermath of Peeta’s rescue from the Capitol Part 2 will see the end of the Mockingjay series and the Capitol taken into the control of the rebellion.

Star Wars The Force Awakens

Release Date: December 18

Cast: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley

Summary: Set 30 years after Return of the Jedi: Luke Skywalker (Hamill) Leia Organa (Fisher) and Han Solo (Ford) meet new friends and fight the reorganized remain of the Empire: The First Order led by Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie), General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson) and the mysterious Kylo Ren (Adam Driver).

Reasons to Watch: Ten years after the last Star wars movie was released the Galaxy far, far away has returned. Filled with characters new and old and directed by J.J. Abrams (Star Trek Into Darkness) this movie looks to continue the story of Luke and his twin sister Leia and their loyal friends Han and Chewbacca as they take on a new threat.

An Overview of the Seasons

American Horror Story is a thrilling and sophisticated mini-series. AHS started out in 2011, with Murder House, Asylum, Coven, Freak Show and finally, Hotel. The show is an anthology series, each season is conceived as a mostly self-contained miniseries.

Season 1: Murder House (2011), takes place in 2011 and follows the Psychiatrist Ben Harmon (Dylan McDermott), his wife Vivien (Connie Britton), and their teenage daughter Violet (Taissa Farmiga). The family moves from Boston to Los Angeles after Vivien has a miscarriage and Ben, an affair. The Harmon’s’ move into a restored mansion and soon encounter the home’s former residents; the Langdons: Constance (Jessica Lange) and her two children Tate (Evan Peters) and Addie (Jamie Brewer) and the disfigured Larry Harvey (Denis O’Hare). While Ben and Vivien  try to sew back their relationship, their daughter Violet  suffers from depression and turns to Tate for comfort. The Langdon’s and Larry  frequently influence the Harmons’ lives as the family soon discovers that the home is haunted by ghosts of anyone who has died on the property.

Season 2: Asylum (2012-2013) takes place in 1964 and follows patients, nuns, and doctors who occupy the Briarcliff Mental Institution, located in Massachusetts, founded to treat and house the criminally insane. The wardens who run the Asylum include the stern Sister Jude (Jessica Lange), he protege Sister Mary Eunice (Lily Rabe), and Monsignor Timothy Howard (Joseph Fiennes), the founder of the institution. Doctors charged with treating the patients are psychiatrist Dr. Oliver Thredson (Zachary Quinto), and Dr. Arthur Arden (James Cromwell), a sadistic scientist. Patients who claim to be unjustly institutionalized, include Lana Winters (Sarah Paulson), lesbian journalist, Kit Walker (Even Peters) accused serial killer, Shelley (Chloe Sevigny) a nymphomaniac, and Grace Bertrand (Lizzie Brochere) alleged murder. The Briarcliff Asylum inhabitants are subjects routinely of supernatural and scientific influences including demonic possession and abduction.

Season 3: Coven (2013) takes place in 2013 following the witches who have survived the Salem Witch Trials, who are nearly extinct and in danger. In New Orleans, a mysterious all-girls boarding school has open to protect and house women who carry the unique witch bloodline. In the school, they are kept from dangers in the outside world. Fiona Goode (Jessica Lange) has arrived to fulfill her hidden agenda and ensure everyone that the coven is safe. The daughter of Fiona, Cordelia (Sarah Paulson), teaches at the school and welcomes its newest student Zoe Benson (Taissa Farmiga), who is hiding her own harrowing secret. Events reveal a long-held rivalry between witches of the Salem and the Voodoo practitioners of New Orleans, as well as a grudge between the Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau (Angela Bassett) and Delphine LaLaurie (Kathy Bates), socialite serial killer. The season is set back in the modern day and includes flashback to the early 1970s and the 1830s.

Season 4: Freak Show (2014-15) taken place in 1952 the small quiet town of Jupiter, Florida, which follows a struggling Freak Show led my Elsa Mars (Jessica Lange). Elsa dreams of finding a home for her “monsters” as well as her own fame. It’s been decades since the Freak Show has been considered some sort of public entertainment. When Bette and Dot Tattler, the conjoined sisters (Sarah Paulson) are taken to a hospital, Elsa is hoping is hoping the sister with save her troupe once and for all. Other members include: Jimmy Darling (Evan Peters) a boy who dreams of one day living a normal life, bearded lady Ethel Darling (Kathy Bates), Elsa’s second in command, a strongman from Ethel’s  past , Dell Toledo (Michael Chiklis), and his three-breasted wife, Desiree Dupre (Angela Bassett), who makes waves when they arrive at the sideshow. In a time when the era of television is the reign high above sideshow acts, the individuals must overcome those who persecute them based on their looks. However as the show progresses, events unfold it is revealed that multiple dark entities have taken up residence in Jupiter, with all their eyes being set on the freaks.

Season 5: Hotel (2015) the show takes place in 2015 in Los Angeles, California which follows guests and staff of the Haunted Cortez and was founded to accommodate the tourists. Bloodsucking fashion obsessed Elizabeth/The Countess (Lady Gaga) is the owner of Hotel Cortez. A serial murder dubbed “The Ten Commandments Killer” soon brings the outside world and the darkness of the Hotel Cortez crashing together. Flashbacks are set in the late 1920s, 1970s mid 1990s and early 1980s.