All posts by Lane Thoelcke

Working Bikes in Chicago

Summer is just around the corner and Chicago is seeing more bicycles hit the street every day. However, many of us take bicycles for granted. We buy a bicycle, ride it sometimes, but also allow it to collect dust. Sometimes, we even decide we’re just never going to ride it so we throw it out. But throwing out your bicycle isn’t the only option. You can donate it to Working Bikes to give it a new life and purpose.

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Working Bikes is a non-profit organization stationed in Chicago, Illinois, but its reach goes much farther than Cook county’s borders. Founded in 1999 by Lee Ravenscroft and Amy Little, the organization continues to grow from its humble beginnings. Since its inception, Working Bikes has been refurbishing bicycles to donate to people in need in Chicago, while also providing bicycles for communities in countries such as El Salvador, Panama, Uganda, and Ghana.

 

In Chicago and around the world, these bicycles are a mode of transportation to work, school, and in scarier circumstances, medical attention. They can also be used to create electricity and tow cargo from one location to another. But access to bicycles, especially in poorer communities, tends to be very limited. Working Bikes is working to eliminate that problem because bicycles can help a community thrive.

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There are several ways you can get involved with or help Working Bikes.

  1. You can donate your bicycle to Working Bikes.
  2. You can volunteer at their shop to help fix bicycles that will be donated to people in the Chicago.
  3. You can purchase a bike at their shop.

Whichever route you decide to follow, you are helping Working Bikes and people in need.

If you want to visit Working Bikes in person, they are located at 2434 S Western Ave in Chicago. You can also visit Working Bikes online by clicking HERE.

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Three EDM Powerhouses, One Song

Martin Garrix and David Guetta are two of the hottest DJ’s and producers in the music industry at the moment. They both consistently release music that can be enjoyed by wide audiences outside of the fans of House music.

Last year, the two released their collaborative ballad titled “So Far Away.”  Which is not the music one would expect from the two producers, but it was still received well, despite it having a very Martin Garrix-type feeling and sounding vaguely similar to a few of his other slower songs.

 

But that was 2017. It’s now 2018 and Martin Garrix and David Guetta have teamed up Dutch producer Brooks to release new music! On February 22nd, 2018, they released a blood-pumping track called “Like I Do.”

The track is what you’d expect of a House track but that doesn’t detract from the catchy hooks and easy-to-listen-to quality. Coming from three producers, of course it’s produced well. The natural ebb and flow of the track keeps the listener engaged and excited to hear the rest of the track, while also keeping the body moving.

This is a track that will work well is bars, clubs, festivals, and while working out. It’d be a great piece to listen to in the morning as well since the music inspires you to move and get the blood pumping.

If anyone was wondering what you get when you put three EDM legends together in a studio, this is what you get!

Feeling Musical Nostalgia

On February 24th, just a little more than a week from the writing and publishing of this post, I will be turning 24 years old. I’m both still young, and yet feeling much older.

A phenomenon I’ve noticed as I’ve gotten older is a strong sense of nostalgia. Sometimes I’ll get hit with that feeling when I’m playing a video game I played as a kid, or maybe watching an old Disney movie. But one of the most striking triggers of nostalgia I’ve experienced is the nostalgia that I feel when I listen to the music I listened to between the ages of 10 through 15.

In that period of our lives, most people are beginning to discover what makes them unique. At that age we both fear and desire to be different and stemming from the fear portion of those feelings, music taste is one of those qualities that’s easy to develop without necessarily feeling like an outsider. I suppose, that’s not always the case, but in the age of iPods and MP3 players, discovering your music taste was easy to keep secret if you were nervous about being picked on for it.

Before I continue, what I’ve written is based mostly on my own observations. I’m not a scientist, nor have I been able to easily find anything that scientifically backs up what I’m talking about. But again, it’s based on my personal observations and experiences.

Why am I talking about nostalgia, music, and turning 24? Well, that’s because I’ve made a new playlist that I’ve called Alternative Throwbacks as a result of coming up to my 24th birthday and constantly listening to the music I fell in love with in my pre-teen and early teenage years.

As of 02/15/2018 there are only 10 videos on this YouTube playlist which you can view below. I do intend to add to it as the semester continues, so stick around, I may mention the playlist in future blog posts or social media. Otherwise, you can just continue to check back to the playlist at leisure.

 


 

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