He And His Music
Yining Zhang is a singer and a guitar player who has his own understanding on music. He teamed up with his friends and set up a band when he was in high school. Not long after everyone gets on the road, some of the band members came up with an idea of doing their own music. For these young boys this idea was extremely tempting. However, they were still young and did not have much experience to write about so someone suggested that maybe they could imitate some of the successful works made by other people so that they could get their own work and for sure, it sounds cool for those young boys to have their own work published.
Yining did not like that approach at all. In his opinion people play music for their thoughts, their spirits, instead of showing off. He attempted to persuade the teammates to give up this “childish” idea but failed. With the disappointment and helplessness he decided to leave…
In order to get a “rock” voice he started smoking cigarette under the support of his teammates. He did not like it at the first taste, nor does he enjoy it now, but as smoking becomes a little thing that belongs to his life. Interestingly he found that what creates a decent voice is not smoking but practicing hard, and gradually he found his own way of singing but the habit of smoking keeps until now.
About the Contributors
Junior / Visual Journalism
Ruoyi is a Penn State undergraduate student with a major in visual journalism, a concurrent major in psychology and a minor in Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies. She has been working on journalism since high school as an editor and photographer for her high school yearbook. She also has published an photo story on a Chinese magazine named “Mingyuezhong” and the abstract was printed onto the cover of that issue of the magazine as a main topic. Interned at Magic Bean House Learning Center as an multidimensional assistant in summer of 2013 and 2014, she was able to experience different aspect of a educational institution ranging from media production to time management.
Ruoyi will be graduating in May 2016. She hopes to find a position where she is allowed to continue her passion for multimedia producing and photo story-telling. She hopes to attend graduate school in the near future to explore more about journalism.