By Analina Valenzuela
The music of 2016 has influenced Music teacher Phil Felix, Senior Ana Velasco, and Junior Salma De La Torre and has been enjoyable for them as well.
“Music is an expression of how people feel and see the world,” Phil Felix said.
Music teacher, Phil Felix, has been a teacher at EHS for five years. The reason he went into music was because he saw kids playing instruments in junior high and it looked like fun and wanted to give it a try, according to Felix.
Felix’s favorite album of 2016 is “22, A Million” by Bon Iver.
Felix likes the album because Bon Iver is, “a group that doesn’t do the same thing.”
Felix means that with each of their albums they’ve changed their sound and they don’t always keep it the same.
“Music is always changing. That’s what makes it interesting…As a musician, you don’t just pay attention to music this year but enjoy music from past years,” Felix said.
Senior Ana Velasco is a musician outside of school. She has been playing the accordion since 2010. The 2016 album that has influenced her is “Desde El Rancho” by Calibre 50. This album has influenced her because it has challenged her to play their songs and motivate her to do better.
“There’s a variety of songs that talk about Mexico, friends who stay with you through hard times, and the beauty of love,” Velasco said.
Music is really important for Velasco because it has been a part of her family and it’s a great achievement for her to play her own music, according to Velasco.
Junior Salma De La Torre is a dancer on the EHS dance team. De La Torre’s favorite 2016 album is “Blond” by Frank Ocean because he hasn’t dropped music in a while and it was a good comeback, according to De La Torre.
“The album in general has a relaxed vibe to it and it influences my dancing by doing movements that express the meaning of the songs. It helps me express the vibe that he delivers to his fans,” De La Torre said.
Music influences her in dancing because the flow of the music helps her be careless. With dancing, music is important to her because it gives her inspiration for her dance and the point of view of the singer, according to De La Torre.
Senior Ana Velasco playing songs from her favorite album, “Desde El Rancho,” on her accordion around her neighborhood on Nov. 1. She smiles to people passing by cheering her on her amazing skills.