Short Reviews

Review of Hurricane
Through song and music, she is dealing with the hard topics, not an easy task in these times, but a worthy one. Her songs kept my attention and her voice, reminiscent of Joni Mitchell, was full of beautiful and surprising turns.

Ferron, Canadian Singer-Songwriter

Erika is fantastic! Her pure voice and natural presence expresses her heart and touches all the tender, hidden places in the hearts of the audience. Through guitar, piano, voice, and poetry, Erika shines like the sun and we are lucky to feel her warmth!

Diana Torbert, Pianist for Symphony Nova Scotia and member of the Rhapsody Quintet

Erika has such a compelling voice, with a range of timbres from warm and heart piercing to light and carefree to beer-soaked blues.  Her guitar playing is easy and assured and not only sets the mood but occasionally adds something to make a song especially artistic.  Her covers are well done, but her originals offer something special: she occasionally inserts something unexpected, like a dynamic change to the subtle sideó a break, a ritard, a sudden pianissimo that gently but irresistibly pulls the listener in and quietly says, listen to this. Her songs are not only songs, but are poems, treating a wide range of topics and emotions.

Arnie Cox, Professor of Music Theory and Aural Skills, Oberlin College

Erika is a gifted writer and musician whose unique creations touch the very heart of you. Richly blended melodies and harmonic structures give way to romantic lyrics and some of our times’ best songs.  Erika is going to reach a lot of people and I am a big fan.

Duncan Macmillan, President Ander Music, Songwriter, Composer, Jazz Percussionist

Student Poetry Forum Reflects November 3rd Sentiments   
By Liz Logan, The Oberlin Review

Late at night in Oberlin, hundreds of students, maybe even thousands, curl up in their rooms writing poems in journals.  It is only on rare occasions that the wider community gets to watch these words come to life. Thursday afternoon’s “Poets Against the War” reading was one of these spectacular occasions.   

Students, faculty and Oberlin residents gathered in Wilder to share their poetic protests. The poems were reflections not only on the Iraq war, but also on terrorism, politics, the Bush administration, the recent election and of course, Sept. 11. Readers not only shared their own words, but also peace poems by favorite authors such as Charles Bukowski, Yehuda Amichai, Pablo Neruda and Walt Whitman, to name a few.

Erika Kulnys-Brain, who helped organize the event in conjunction with the creative writing department, shared a particularly impassioned poem entitled “November 3rd,” 2004. Kulnys-Brain explained that she stayed up all night to write the piece after hearing the results of the presidential election. At the end, Kulnys-Brain wrote, “Dare to stay open, don’t concede.”