By Cassandra Fiskewold
Everyone loves their music. Whether it be rock, classical, country, or pop, everyone has some type of music they prefer. But I bet you’ve never met a “human iPod.” On October 7th, 2014, John Rush, the self-proclaimed Human iPod, came to the Cambridge campus and put on quite a show. On that Tuesday morning, students gathered in the cafeteria to experience what this man had to offer. He told the crowd he could play any type of music, and any song, with just his guitar and voice. He sure had us in for a surprise.
I got the chance to observe some of Rush’s vocal talents during his performance. I can say, it’s something I probably won’t forget in my college career. My review of Rush is probably 3.5 Stars out of 5. He was a very good performer, and knew a lot of music, but his sound was just too bland. The songs he played seemed to be the same ones over and over again. He had quite a sound system with him as well. He was also quite a comedian. He conversed with the audience, and he had quite a bit to say.
One main tidbit that really stuck with me was when Rush argued symphonies should be able to memorize their music, that anyone should be able to memorize their music. In my opinion, it’s not as easy as he claims. He asked for a lot of musical input from the audience, like what decade he should play from.
One of his best bits was the “Coconut Song.” It was highly inappropriate, but extremely funny at the same time. Rush asked the audience for a set number of girl names, and a set number of boy names, and then he fit them into an improv song. The poor choir teacher, Dr. Randy Buikema, was sure in for an awkward treat when Rush put his name into the song with another student. Buikema shouted, “I’d like to keep my job, please!” and laughed after the phrase was uttered. It was a funny experience and overall this review is nothing but praise. I hope we get to see Rush again, just with more of a musical and vocal variety.