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At the end of their final Collection, the class of 2024 streamed onstage for a final dance, and shouts of SEN-IORS!
Class of 2024's Last Collection [Brief & Video]
With heartfelt speeches and whole-class choreography, seniors said farewell to their teachers and underclassmen.
Members of Friends Schools class of 2025 pose for a photo before their first prom.
Photos, Dancing, Memories - and Don't Forget the Food [Brief]
Missed prom? A Quill correspondent and first-time attendee recaps everything you need to know.
Friends juniors prepare for the 2023 Homecoming dance.
'Back to the Future' at Friends School [Brief]
Homecoming 2023 threw students from the '80s to the future, as DJ Ok got everyone on their feet, and even faculty busted a move.
Fans line up for snowballs from a Kona Ice truck during a break in the rain on Scarlet and Grey day.
Scarlet & Grey Day Hits the Quarter Century Mark [Brief]
On a recent rainy Saturday, Park and Friends School sports teams faced off in a series of contests, cheered on by hundreds of soggy fans.
On the final day of Spirit Week, seniors dressed in Friends School colors - scarlet and grey - for the annual Pep Rally.
A Silly, Spirited Week [Brief]
Leading up to Rivalry Day, students dressed up to show their school spirit - and sense of humor.
A senior accesses the Common App landing page for the University of Delaware. As college deadlines approach, the class of 24 is sleepy and stresses.
Seniors Feel College Pressure as Early Deadlines Approach [Brief]
The mood in senior hall is tense, as sleep-starved teens scramble to finish their essays - along with a heavy load of mid-semester schoolwork.
The Morgan State University Marching Band processes down the Friends School driveway, lined with cheering crowds of students, from preschoolers to 12th graders.
In a Year of Tragedy, Morgan Band Concert a Particular Gift [Brief]
Friends students expressed gratitude for the marching band's energetic performance - especially so soon after a shooting on the Morgan State University campus injured five students.
In Orioles fan and 12th grade dean Josh Carlins office, Friends memorabilia and a recent Baltimore Sun front page celebrating the teams winning season have pride of place.
Fans Dress for MLB Success on Friends' 'Orange Thursday' [Brief]
Led this season by an exciting core of young, up-and-coming stars, the Orioles have won back the hearts of many Friends School fans.
Award-winning novelist Jenny Offill visits the 10th grade English class of Rob Traviesso - her own former student.
Upper School Author Visit Brings Reunion [Brief]
Novelist Jenny Offill spent a day on campus meeting with students at the invitation of her own former student - English teacher Rob Travieso.
Senior Maeve Reichert, head of the literary magazine Mock Turtle, talks to potential 9th grade recruits during the 2023 clubs fair.
Highlights From Upper School Clubs Fair [Brief]
Dozens of clubs showed their stuff and courted new members at the high-energy, candy-fueled gathering on the quad.

Loved ‘Everything I Know About Love’ [Review]

I recommend this album to all music lovers out there – even, and especially, ones not so familiar with jazz.
Courtesy of Laufey’s Instagram account
The recording artist Laufey, in an apparent outtake from her album cover photo shoot.

The 23-year-old singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist Laufey (pronounced as Lay-vay) released her debut album “Everything I Know About Love,” on August 26, 2022.

Risen to fame after being a finalist in “Ísland Got Talent (the Icelandic version of “America’s Got Talent”), Laufey writes a sort of contemporary jazz, with beautiful instrumentals and deeply personal lyrics. While her debut EP, “Typical of Me” (2021), showed passion, jealousy, and loneliness, her newest releases have a more gentle tone.

Below are her most popular songs from the album, and a few more that that stood out to me:


Released on February 14, 2022, Laufey’s first single from the album is one of her most popular songs. It shines in youthfulness. The lyrics show Laufey falling in love for the first time, and not knowing how to react to the shock of being liked back. I did enjoy this song, but there isn’t a lot of variety in the notes and harmonies, so I think it is a bit overrated.

  “Above the Chinese Restaurant” 

This is the only song not focused on Laufey’s life. Instead, it focuses on a young couple living in Chinatown sharing dumplings, a reference to her Chinese heritage. The instrumentals are further from classic jazz than her other songs, and I particularly like how the time signatures of the lyrics and background instrumentals are different and change throughout the piece.

  “Dance With You Tonight” 

As the title suggests, this song is the most danceable of the album, with a jazzy beat and tipsy mood. The harmonies are similar to a barbershop quartet, and the lyrics, while still romantic, are more casual than those of previous tracks, as the story takes place in a bar. The piece is only two and a half minutes, which I think is the perfect length. I would say this is one of my favorite, if not my very favorite, song on the album.

  “Everything I Know About Love” 

This song does not particularly stand out to me. In it, Laufey sings about how love is unpredictable, and does not resemble what she learned as a child. As the album’s title song, it makes sense for it to be closer to pop music to reach a larger audience. However, it is a bit long and repetitive, and there are few instrumentals. I did notice that the beat was very similar to the hit song “Bennie and the Jets” by Elton John, which I found interesting.

  “Just Like Chet” 

This is probably my least favorite song on the album. It is a tribute to Chet Baker, an American jazz trumpeter. I appreciate the melody, but the lyrics don’t mean much to me, and it is pretty repetitive

  “Night Light” 

The final song of the album tells a story from Laufey’s childhood, and the memory of her old bedroom. It is a perfect close to the album, and resembles a lullaby. The emotions are not necessarily sad, but rather nostalgic. Its strong harmonies and beautiful strings make “Night Light” one of my personal favorites.

I thoroughly enjoyed the majority of this album. I recommend it to all music lovers out there – even, and especially, ones not so familiar with jazz.

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Charlotte, class of ‘24, is a writer for the Quill. She is also involved in many activities at school, including orchestra, chorus, William Penn Fellows, and badminton.
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