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May 12, 2009

The Last WORD


The Fat Lady Sings, Off-Key, Drools

At about this time every year, like the swallows to Capistrano or the buzzards to Hinckley, Ohio, the WORD migrates to its summer musing grounds at the sanitarium —St. Mumbles Home for the Terminally Verbose.

The reason is clear, and never moreso than as this season —the WORD's 13th —peters out.

It's been a fraught year of high palaver and eye-popping transition, both good and not-so-much. An interminable presidential campaign saga finally did end, and in extraordinary and historic fashion. Meanwhile, the bottom and everything that's below the bottom fell out of the economy, with families, homes, entire industries and —of particular interest to WORDsters and the civic-minded —dozens of daily newspapers ("I don't so much mind that newspapers are dying--it's watching them commit suicide that pisses me off." --Molly Ivins). . . all evaporating. What replaces them, from the individual to the institutional to the societal? Are we looking at a future of in-depth Tweeting?

As any newsperson or firehorse knows, it's hard to turn your back on day-to-day catastrophe --we just have to look at the car wreck. But even the most deranged and driven need a rest. As philosopher Lilly Tomlin once observed, "No matter how cynical you become, it's never enough to keep up."

So this morning, as a near-frost hovered over northern Utah, the unmarked van pulled into the driveway and the gentle, soft-spoken men in the white coats rolled the WORD out of bed and into a straitjacket for the usual summer trip to St. Mumbles, where the blathering one will be assigned a hammock and fed soothing, healthy foods --like tapioca, dog biscuits and salmon --while recharging the essential muscles of cynicism, outrage, sarcasm, social engagement and high-mindedness, in preparation for the next edition.
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Why Sound shakes up the Logan music scene

By Adam Christensen

May 6, 2009 | Picture Logan's nightlife. There's bowling, the Fun Park and too many restaurants. Oh, and don't forget Logan's unique music scene.

If you haven't yet, you ought to take a stroll down Federal Avenue and take a look. You'll find Why Sound Studios, owned by sound engineer Tim Moes, who has been giving local acts a stage for a year now.

Moes moved to Logan from New York, where he had worked in a recording studio for 6 years. He said he had some idea of what the Logan music scene would be like but really didn't know what he would find.

"I was surprised with the level of talent I found when I got here," said Moes. "There are a lot of great bands and really excellent musicians."

Over the past year Why Sound has hosted various local groups and bands on tour from all over the U.S. and even from Japan and Austria, offering Logan music lovers a chance to listen to anything from world music and sitars to heavy metal bands.

Sinar Guzman, a Loganite from Nicaragua said she was excited when she found Why Sound.

"I love it. In my country, I would go to concerts like this all the time, but when I got to Logan there was nothing. It was so boring before I found this place."

Why Sound has also connected with community through USU, holding a battle of the bands, and sponsoring three shows on campus in 2009. Why Sound has also hosted USU's Jazz Night giving USU jazz players a place to play off campus.

Moes said it was always his plan to start his own professional recording studio when he got to Logan. After he got a place and saw the layout, he decided he could do some shows in the front and have the studio upstairs. Moes later met Robert Linton; a local musician who became Why Sound's booking manager.

"Robert and I just hit it off, and I invited him to play at Why Sound," said Moes. "After that we started talking about doing more shows and it all came together very organically."

According to Benjamin Deck, a musician that has played at Why Sound, the shows vary in size, but a lot of musicians like to play to a smaller crowd that they can interact with.

"Sometimes we'll have around 80 different people come in one night, but never have more than 40 in the building at one time," said Moes.

Moes said that Why Sound has been able to keep doing shows consistently ever since they started booking bands in April last year. They currently have shows scheduled four months out, but they're never completely booked because they're open to local bands all the time.

"That's what we're here for. It feels like we're doing something important by contributing to the local scene," said Moes.

Cover charges for the shows at Why Sound are usually just $5, so if you haven't been, go check out Why Sound at 30 Federal Ave. You can find scheduled events or get in touch with Why Sound to book your own show on Why Sound's MySpace page at http://www.myspace.com/whysound.

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