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Mountain Views-News Saturday, November 29, 2014

JeffÕs Book Picks By Jeff Brown



By Sean Kayden


Twenty-five years after the catastrophe, a dramatic and extraordinarily 
rare 360-degree view of the crash of a fully loaded jumbo jet. As 
hundreds of rescue workers waited on the ground, United Airlines 
Flight 232 wallowed drunkenly over the bluffs northwest of Sioux 

The plane slammed onto the runway and burst into a vast fireball. 
The rescuers didnÕt move at first: nobody could possibly survive that 
crash. And then people began emerging from the summer corn that 
lined the runways. Miraculously, 184 of 296 passengers lived. No one 
has ever

attempted the complete reconstruction of a crash of this magnitude. 
Drawing on interviews with hundreds of survivors, crew, and airport 
and rescue personnel, Laurence Gonzales, a commercial pilot himself, 
captures, minute by minute, the harrowing journey of pilots flying a

plane with no controls and flight attendants keeping their calm in the 
face of certain death. He plumbs the hearts and minds of passengers as 
they pray, bargain with God, plot their strategies for survival, and sacrifice themselves to save others. 
Ultimately he takes us, step by step, through the gripping 
scientific detective work in super-secret labs to dive into the 
heart of a flaw smaller than a grain of rice that shows what 
brought the aircraft down. An unforgettable drama of the 
triumph of heroism over tragedy and human ingenuity over 
technological breakdown, Flight 232 is a masterpiece in the 
tradition of the greatest aviation stories ever told.


Enjoy The Power of Clear Awareness Do you realize that noticing and awareness basically drive 
everything you appear to do? Could you have gotten your body out of bed this morning without first 
having noticed you were awake? Would you have picked up this book without first being aware it was 
of interest to you? Your awareness is like the clear glass of a windshield-and through it you experience 
every bit of your life. Awareness is inherently pure and clear. But it can get covered with sludge-of 
negative thoughts and emotions, and false beliefs. The simple

noticing techniques in this book act as wipers to keep your windshield clean. The power of clear 
awareness takes over, and you automatically enjoy greater happiness, love and freedom. YouÕre free of 
the mistaken ideas and beliefs that were distorting the view. With clear awareness

you also go way beyond the popular saying, ÒThink outside the boxÓ ItÕs because your awareness is 
outside of, or beyond, all thinking. Awareness is the unlimited-you that gives rise to all thinking. 
Awareness is the greater-you that notices all thoughts. Imagine having a big Aha! They usually come 
as a thought, too. An Aha! is wonderful-but did you ever notice that the Aha! by itself is not really 
where itÕs at? What you want is where all the AhaÕs come from. ThatÕs the unlimited awareness you 
are. And thatÕs just a first glimpse of how magnificent you really are.

The duo comprising 
the Los Angeles snyth-
pop band, Night Terrors 
of 1927, formulate an 
interesting pair. Blake 
Sennett was a member of 
the indie rock band Rilo Kiley and The Elected. 
Jarrod Gorbel was the singer of the The Honorary 
Title, a relatively unknown indie rock act in the 
2000s. The two guys met in 2010 through mutual 
friends with no intentions in creating a band. 
About a year later, they started getting together 
casually to work on songs that fell out of their 
comfort zone. Both guys were trying to discover 
what they wanted out of music. After being 
musicians for well over a decade with other acts, 
they still werenÕt entirely fulfilled emotionally or 
artistically. The creative juices started kicking in 
and in 2013 they released their first single, ÒWatch 
The World Go Dark,Ó online under the mysterious 
moniker Night Terrors of 1927. In a short time 
period it set the indie circuit on fire. Before they 
knew it they were receiving acclamation from 
numerous digital publications. With local stations 
like KROQ and ALT 98.7 playing their latest 
songs, Atlantic Records quickly signed them. They 
released their debut EP, ÒGuilty PleasÓ in November 
2013. This past year theyÕve opened up for The 
Colourist, Capital Cities, and Fitz & The Tantrums 
as well as performed at many huge music festivals 
including Outside Lands, Austin City Limits, and 
Life Is Beautiful. While it seems like success just 
happened over night, it was an arduous personal 
and mental journey for the two of them to discover 
their individual voices. 

 The bandÕs recently released four-track EP, 
ÒAnything to Anyone,Ó continues their anthem 
driven ways. Their sound has been compared to 
a hybrid of The Killers and M83. However, their 
songs go above and beyond simple comparisons. 
ItÕs bursting with nostalgia, catharsis, and beauty 
in so many ways. They donÕt even have a full-
length album but have released ten perfect songs 
thus far. Night Terrors of 1927 perform well above 
their given genre. Many acts in the indie-pop/
dark snyth-pop scene sound alike. ItÕs not the case 
with Night Terrors of 1927. While they owe credit 
to 80s new wave and pop, the group has crafted 
such indelible resonance. They are one of the few 
acts today where listening to their songs over and 
over doesnÕt become tiresome or monotonous. 
There appears an abundance of heart and soul 
embedded in their music. The depth that is found 
is worth searching for with each individual 

 Currently the band is taking a break after a year 
long of extensive touring. However, Night Terrors 
of 1927 should be even bigger next year. With 
a full length album on deck and an imminent 
headlining tour sometime in 2015, the momentum 
for the band keeps building. IÕm anticipating their 
debut LP to be one of the best the year will have 
to offer. Night Terrors of 1927 are the real deal 
with plenty of artistry to boot. I was dazzled and 
charmed beyond belief unlike any other band I 
have encountered in recent memory. I believe this 
is just the beginning for Night Terrors of 1927 and 
what an incredible launching pad this has been. 



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