On Friday, June 1st, Spafford headlined the 2018 Purple Hatter’s Ball, delivering a multi-faceted set that ranged from signature rock jams to remarkably heartfelt ballads. The band’s lengthy seven-song set opened with an impressive take on John Hiatt‘s “Memphis In The Meantime” and featured fan-favorite originals like “Ain’t That Wrong”, “Todd’s Totts”, “The Remedy”, and “America”. After the fiery performance, the Arizona quartet returned to the amphitheater stage for a moving two-song encore.First, the band slid into their cover of Van Morrison‘s “Into The Mystic”, the crowd swaying along to Andrew “Red” Johnson‘s vocals. Without missing a beat, Spafford flowed into “The Reprise”, building to a sky-high jam to bring their headlining set to a close. Watch Spafford’s “Into The Mystic” > “The Reprise” encore from Purple Hatter’s Ball below:Spafford – “Into The Mystic” (Van Morrison cover) > “The Reprise”It was no surprise Spafford delivered such an amazing set, as the Spirit Of The Suwannee hosts this annual event for a truly inspiring cause. Promoter Paul Levine founded the Purple Hatter’s Ball as a loving memorial the life of a fallen friend of the music scene, Rachel Morningstar Hoffman. Though her life was cut short due to a tragic entanglement with law enforcement and the remnants of the War on Drugs, her family has used her untimely death as a rallying cry to fight unfair police tactics across the nation.All the performances over the weekend from Spafford to bands like Lettuce, Breaking Biscuits, Toubab Krewe, Roosevelt Collier, Southern Avenue, Hive Mind, and the rest had a common factor: Each band was dead set on honoring the life and sacrifice that had brought them all together. You can learn more about the life and death of Rachel and donate to help keep her memory alive at the Rachel Morningstar Foundation here.For a full list of Spafford’s upcoming performances, head to the band’s website.Setlist: Spafford | Purple Hatter’s Ball | Live Oak, FL | 6/1/18Set I: Memphis in the Meantime* > People, Ain’t That Wrong, Todd’s Tots, Lonely, The Remedy > AmericaEncore: Into the Mystic** > The RepriseNotes:*John Hiatt, **Van Morrison
(Kevin Yin | Daily Trojan) Fitzgerald’s novel still carries a continuing legacy almost 100 years since its first release in 1925. Though “The Great Gatsby” takes place in the Roaring ’20s, its lesson about the dangers of confusing imagination with reality remains relevant today. With rich commentary on the foolishness of a class-based society and the inability to let go of the past, the novel touches upon various themes and pressing issues that parallel many similar difficulties faced in today’s society. While “The Great Gatsby” was published during the 1920s, its message to readers about balancing dreams and the real world remains timeless. (Photo from Wikimedia Commons) “While I have every hope and plan of finishing my novel [“The Great Gatsby”] in June, you know how those things often come out, and even if it takes me 10 times that long I cannot let it go out unless it has the very best I’m capable of in it, or even, as I feel sometimes, something better than I’m capable of,” Fitzgerald wrote to his editor Max Perkins in 1924. Yet, unlike Gatsby, I had hindsight vision and the upper hand in figuring out the costs of letting the past drive and dictate your current dreams. Diving into the world of Gatsby as I voraciously read through the pages from the first-person narration by Gatsby’s friend, Nick Carraway, I watched the young Gatsby grow into a man. I’m not saying to stop dreaming. On the contrary, I say to never stop doing so because the day you do is the same day that you forget how to strive for what’s best for you. You forget how to believe, how to love, how to wish. Comparing Gatsby’s need for the future to resemble his past —as represented by the green light — and the everyday man’s struggle to achieve their dreams by recreating their past, Fitzgerald reminds us of the danger of not moving beyond what has already happened. In a sense, the novel is open to varying interpretations as to what Fitzgerald’s true message is about people and society. That is the beauty of this book; it allows both you and me to take away whatever we want — whatever stood out to us in the midst of the well-written prose that is Fitzgerald’s writing. As humans we are constantly being drawn back by the current as we attempt to row forward. I, too, was hypnotized by the dark side of idealism. Only then can we truly escape the struggle to transform our imaginative dreams into the real world. I’ve always admired Jay Gatsby’s ability to dream in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece, “The Great Gatsby.” An optimist like Gatsby, I cheered him on as he worked 10 times harder than the next guy to make a name for himself so that he could win over the heart of his true love, Daisy. Reading it for the first time as a requirement for my English 3 IB class in high school, I quickly began to appreciate the work of art the novel is. I identified with Gatsby: his dream of financial success, his dream for love, his dream of unrealistic aspirations. All of it. Reiterating this life lesson and tragic truth, Fitzgerald concluded his novel with Carroway narrating words that I will never forget. But when it turned out to be that this dream ironically led to Gatsby’s own demise, I forced myself to reconsider my blind loyalty to the hobby of dreaming. “Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us,” Carroway wrote. “It eluded us then, but that’s no matter — tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther … And one fine morning — so we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” Aisha Patel is a freshman writing about fiction in parallel to current events. Her column, “Fiction but Fact,” runs every other Wednesday. While we obviously can’t ask the literary genius what he himself hoped readers would learn and grasp from his piece, we do know that he put his heart and soul into this project. At USC, I know that sometimes it becomes hard to dream. Getting caught up in classes, being involved with several extracurriculars, trying to secure an internship — we can easily forget who we exactly want to be and what we want to achieve. But, as members among some of the brightest minds of the Trojan family, I remind us all (myself included) to never lose sight on what’s most important: believing in ourselves, dreaming and accomplishing our wildest goals. Infatuated with recreating things just how they were in the past with Daisy, Gatsby becomes consumed by the undertaking. He does not give himself a second to just stop and truly think about the reason behind his actions and behavior and falls victim to living in the past instead of living in the moment — a situation that I, and so many others, are familiar with. I encourage us all to dream with the same passion as Gatsby, but at the same time, I ask us all to make time for introspection — to pause and observe one’s own conscious thoughts and feelings. By doing so, we permit ourselves to determine whether our dreams are balanced between reality and fantasy, and that they are not just manifestations from the past. And to me, the most important enduring truth the novel teaches us is to never let the dreams of our past blind us from our goals for the present and the future.
Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs The exhibition for standout first- and second-year players again drafted Ball (9.9 ppg, 5.4 apg, 5.3 rpg) and Kuzma (19.1 ppg, 5.9 rpg) to the American team, which includes fellow young stars De’Aaron Fox (Sacramento Kings), Jaren Jackson (Memphis Grizzlies) and Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz). In Lakers history, only Brandon Ingram, D’Angelo Russell and Jordan Farmar have been selected to play twice.They’ll play against the “World Team,” which includes Ben Simmons (Philadelphia 76ers), Luka Doncic (Dallas Mavericks), Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Clippers) and DeAndre Ayton (Phoenix Suns).The game doesn’t seem to mesh well with Ball’s recovery timeline for his sprained left ankle. He’s due for three-to-five more weeks of rehabilitation. Kuzma, who is day-to-day with a hip strain, is a more likely nod. Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“I don’t think he’s going full out yet,” Walton said. “Haven’t really seen him drive the lane and tomahawk dunk on anyone but he’s moving, he’s moving well and he’s getting up and down the court and he’s shooting well. He doesn’t look like he’s hurting at all when he moves.”Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Every sign feels hopeful for the Lakers, who have now been without James for 17 consecutive games. The fact that he participated in the full shootaround was a development, although Walton cautioned that the Lakers are taking it slow with his injury, just during the stage when he might be most tempted to rush back.“We’ve waited this long we’re not going to rush him back now, so whenever he feels healthy enough to go is when that will be,” he said. “But I think he’s just happy to be back on the basketball court again. It’s been a while.”The Lakers also determined Tuesday morning that Kyle Kuzma, who did participate in shootaround, would not play. Walton thought the second-year forward wasn’t moving particularly well, and decided with the training staff to hold him out of a second straight game. Josh Hart also wasn’t moving well with knee tendinitis, but he was able to play.“We got to take care of our guys,” Walton said. “There are some things you can play through, and there are some things you shouldn’t play through.” EL SEGUNDO — At the end of a shooting contest Tuesday morning when Kentavious Caldwell-Pope hit the deciding 3-pointer, LeBron James leaped in the air to bump him in celebration.For a gaggle of nearby reporters it was the most explosive movement seen from James in more than a month.It was more wait-and-see ahead of the Lakers’ game against the Philadelphia 76ers, one in which James had been ruled out the day before. But there’s a different environment in Lakers practice this week, one in which James’ return seems like it could be any day now.For one thing, he’s been present after practice, rather than back in the training room or leaving early. And in those post-practice sessions, James has been shooting and seemingly having fun. In practices and shootarounds themselves, Coach Luke Walton said, he’s been doing more, even if he hasn’t gone full speed. How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years KUZMA, BALL SELECTED TO RISING STARS CHALLENGEAssuming they’re healthy, Lonzo Ball and Kuzma will be back at All-Star Weekend for a second straight year in the Rising Stars Challenge.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error