Stanford Online High School's student run news site

OHS Observer

Stanford Online High School's student run news site

OHS Observer

Stanford Online High School's student run news site

OHS Observer

Cover art for Did you know that there’s a tunnel under Ocean Blvd pictures Lana

Del Rey in a blue-toned black-and-white photo (reminiscent of old Hollywood starlets) as she gazes at the camera in rumination.

Did you know that there’s a tunnel under Ocean Blvd: Lana Del Rey’s Melodic Rumination on Life, Death, and Beauty

Rishi Janakiraman, Staff Writer April 17, 2023

“And I’m gonna take, mine of you with me.” So goes the sonorous refrain of the opening track to Did you know that there’s a tunnel under Ocean Blvd, artist Lana Del Rey’s ninth studio album,...

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La Colombe begins on a F natural, and proceeds with a tonal melody but an atonal harmony.

Avant-Garde Music or “Random Notes”? Part 1: Olivier Messiaen

Darren Li, Staff Writer November 13, 2022

Modern avant-garde music is characterized by a significant deviation from the musical norms we are accustomed to, focusing less on conventional form than expressing an emotion or idea in the purest way...

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Taylor Swift’s Midnights minimalist album cover, depicting the artist in glamorous makeup in the anxiety of the night.

Taylor Swift’s Midnights: A Glimpse Into 13 Sleepless Nights of Self-Reflection

Rishi Janakiraman and Mandy Yu November 4, 2022

In the months that followed her surprise announcement, fans remained on the hunt for clues and easter eggs that could reveal the record’s meaning, and after a suspenseful week of TikToks and Instagram...

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Mitski Miyawaki , known mononymously as Mitski, is a Japanese-American singer-songwriter.

The Only Heartbreaker: An Intimate Profession of Self-Sabotaging in Relationships

Maya Sarimsakci, Staff Writer May 8, 2022

Reminiscent of a sound that reverberated through the 80’s, Mitski’s The Only Heartbreaker – a part of her newly released album “Laurel Hell” – expresses a stinging guilt and rampant sense of...

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Backed by her signature red lip and 14 new tracks on Red (TV), Taylor Swift is taking full control of her music. 

Taylor Swift’s Red: A Look Into Love, Life, and Heartbreak

Mandy Yu, Staff Writer February 27, 2022

In the Swiftieverse, amidst Easter eggs, emotional lyrics, and sacred scarves, the latest groundbreaking event has taken place. Taylor Swift has just rereleased Red, and after taking one listen, you will...

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30 was the top selling album of 2021 with 1.463 million copies sold in the U.S. according to Billboard Records.

30: A Chapter of Grief, Acceptance, and Recovery

Maya Sarimsakci, Staff Writer February 21, 2022

Making her debut after a six-year-long break from the music industry, Adele paints a vivid picture of the sorrows and grief that have befallen her marriage – leading to her subsequent divorce – in...

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The album art for Closer, which depicts The Appiani Family Tomb In The Staglieno Cimitero Monumentale, Genoa, Italy.

Closer by Joy Division — A Solemn Statement of Purpose

Ferris Haukom, Associate Editor January 5, 2022

“Welcome to the Atrocity Exhibition,” Ian Curtis announces during a 1980 live performance, setting the tone for Joy Division’s definitive album, Closer. The album opens with “Atrocity...

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Pedro playing Chopins Fantasie Impromptu at the OHS Summer 2021 Talent Show.

Pedro Aguilar: Behind the Musicians at OHS

Maya Sarimsakci, Staff Writer November 4, 2021

Among the many talented Pixels who showcased their skill at the OHS Talent Show, Pedro Aguilar, playing Frederic Chopin's Fantasie Impromptu, caught the audience's attention with his profound playing....

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The Music Circle’s Essential Halloween Playlist

Ferris Haukom, Associate Editor October 23, 2021


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The 2021 Grammys were accused of snubbing The Weeknd by not nominating him in any categories, prompting questions about the processes, purposes, and validity of the Grammys.

The GRAMMYs: An Examination of the Purpose and Importance of Award Shows

Ferris Haukom, Associate Editor March 31, 2021

After the Grammy awards on March 14, there was, as always, much discussion of the winners, losers, and integrity of the choices made. One prominent “snub” was The Weeknd, for his album “After Hours,”...

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Maddy Manning-Bi, 22

Maddy Manning-Bi: Living Life Through Words and Notes

Kaveri Udupa, Staff Writer October 12, 2020

Maddy Manning-Bi, ‘22, is a girl in a hurry. A sopranist, cellist, pianist, violinist, and dancer, she’s also a peer tutor, teaching assistant, and a student ambassador at the OHS. She co-leads the...

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