BSM alum succeeds in journalism industry as TIME reporter

July 10, 2014

As Benilde-St. Margaret’s seniors endured their final days of high school before graduation, they prepare to move one step closer to getting jobs and becoming successful. Benilde-St. Margaret’s class of 2008 alum, Alexandra Sifferlin, is an example of this success; she has turned what was once a childhood ambition into an exciting reality. Sifferlin is now a health reporter for TIME Magazine, and has spent the last few years reporting on an assortment of health related issues. “I love being a health reporter because I like to think I’m doing a service. Health, medicine, and science impact everyone, and I get the most touching emails from readers,” said Sifferlin. At the age of... Continue Reading

Baseball team falls short to Armstrong in vital section game

June 4, 2014

The Benilde-St. Margaret’s baseball team made the trek to Siebert Field at the University of Minnesota to take on the Wayzata Trojans in a section playoff showdown. According to junior Connor Day, “Our team played well and with a lot of chemistry. We rebounded well from our loss last week.” The Trojans scored first with one player crossing the plate in the top half of the first inning; the Red Knights answered by scoring two runs in the bottom of the second. BSM senior Michael Kaminski threw a complete game, allowing only two runs over the course of seven innings as well as recording one RBI. Junior Tyler Wyvell along with seniors Keaton Studsrud and Christopher Racchini also contributed... Continue Reading

10 Things To Do Around Lake Calhoun

Going to the beach is one of the most popular pastimes of Lake Calhoun goers. Bring a towel and your sun block and head to either one of the two beaches of Lake Calhoun. (Keenan Schember, Megan Ortizcazarin)

10 Things To Do Around Lake Calhoun

June 5, 2014

The definitive ranking of BSM water fountains

Sophamore Gunnar Lundberg stops for a cool refreshing drink (Emily Larson)

The definitive ranking of BSM water fountains

June 3, 2014

As the days become longer and the heat index spikes, students often seek the comfort of a cool sip of water from one of the many selections of drinking fountains offered at BSM. But with so many to choose from, not all can claim the title of Most Popular Water Fountain. From dirty drains, leaky fountains, horrible locations and warm, iron-laced water,... Continue Reading

Boys SoccerThu, Aug 21 4 p.m.MarshallMarshall
Girls SoccerThu, Aug 21 7 p.m.Blake Blake Middle School
Boys SoccerTue, Aug 26 7 p.m.Eden PraireHome
FootballThu, Aug 28 7 p.m.Holy AngelsHoly Angels
Boys SoccerThu, Aug 28 4:30 p.m.St Paul AcademySt Paul Academy
Girls SoccerThu, Aug 28 7:30 p.m.MinnetonkaHome
Boys SoccerTue, Sep 02 7 p.m.OronoHome
Girls SoccerTue, Sep 02 5 p.m.OronoOrono HS
Boys SoccerThu, Sep 04 5 p.m.RochesterHome
FootballFri, Sep 05 7 p.m.ChaskaChaska HS
Boys SoccerTue, Sep 09 4:45 p.m.Bloomington JeffersonBloomington Jefferson HS
Girls SoccerTue, Sep 09 7 p.m.Bloomington JeffersonBloomington Stadium
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Click on any sport above to see a full schedule for that sport.

The Weepies

Soothing harmonies artfully construceted by this two-person group entangled in the guitar’s distinct picking mesh to create an eerie and pleasant tones. The way that these blissful melodies snatch a listener’s attention prove that the Weepies are not your everyday folk music artists.

Do not be misled by the fact that The Weepies are categorized as an indie pop-folk group. Although they are not your typical alternative artists, their lyrics construct a universal bridge by painting vivid images that allow any listener to connect with the song.

Relationships are a given when it comes to song content. “Gotta Have You,” with soft beats and memorable guitar phrases, and “World Spins Madly On”, with a quick and calming strum of the acoustic guitar in the background, are both songs from the album “Say I Am You” which focuses on relationships.

Groovy and tinted with distortion mixed with an acoustic guitar, “Hideaway” is the title of an album and one of their hit songs that portrays how the Weepies often compare situations captured by their songs to nature and animals in a refreshing way. “Even the stars sometimes fade to gray,” resonates in this song’s chorus.

The Weepies’ style takes music a whole step forward. Just look at how they are categorized– indie, folk and pop are anything but similar, yet somehow the talented artists manage to wrap it up into a series of songs.

Deb Talan and Steve Tannen were once two independent singer-songwriters; however, upon meeting at Club Passim in Massachusetts, where they found a deep musical connection, they have been playing together ever since. “Say I am You”, their first album to receive mainstream attention, ignited their success in 2006.

Along with their music appearing in more than twelve TV shows as well as in several motion pictures and commercials, The Weepies were nominated for a Short List Music Prize. Their continuously expanding audience allowed for their iTunes sales to top the folk charts in eight countries and the duo was asked to play in countless music festivals throughout the year.

Yearning for more musical discovery, the artists immediately started writing their next album when their crazy year on the road came to an end in 2007. “We were empty,” says Talan on their website. “We both felt dark after being in the bright lights for a year. We were looking to reconnect with what moved us about music in the first place. We needed to hide out and write.”

“Hideaway”, the product of their brief time away from fame, became yet another hit. Although slightly tinted with the theme of struggle and loneliness instead of the lovey-dovey feel of their first album, it complemented their previous album wonderfully.

The Weepies’ only members, Deb Talan and Steve Tannen, sing and write their songs with an incredible sense of unity that must come from their recent marriage in 2007. Altogether the relaxing and thought provoking masterpieces of Steve and Deb have won their place in music history.

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