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Annie Reuter, is a freelance writer and music blogger who covers concerts and music festivals around the country. In constant pursuit of the next show to attend and band to interview, Annie keeps up her own music blog, You Sing, I Write, where she uncovers what it's really like to spend the day with a rock star.
February 12th, 2012

It’s hard to believe nearly 18 months ago Monica, Farrah and I moved to Brooklyn. Remembering the fun times, it seems to have blown by. But, when looking back on each of our posts for this blog it seems like a lifetime ago. While I know each of us will admit this was a difficult task to take on, I’m glad we took the challenge.
As a result, we spent the majority of the last year questioning our faith, discovering what is most important, and sharing it with each other and Busted Halo readers. I think we all learned a little more about ourselves in the process too.
Before I met Monica in college I didn’t have any Jewish friends. So, when I moved in with her and Farrah I was quickly introduced to many new traditions…

February 6th, 2012

Full disclosure: I never thought much about prayer before Farrah, Monica and I started this blog. Praying wasn’t something I did on a daily basis and I certainly didn’t openly talk about it. But, a change of events and a new job opportunity has made me reflect on the power of prayer.
When I was in Madrid this past summer covering World Youth Day and went to confession for the first time in 10 years, the priest told me I should pray every day and talk to God as if he was a friend. I had trouble doing this at first as my prayers and thoughts in my head would ramble. So, I decided to write them down instead and found this to make more sense.
Going to church each week made it easier to pray and reflect and though I often prayed…

January 31st, 2012

Earlier this month, I wrote about one of my resolutions to go to church every Sunday. After doing some research I was surprised to learn that there are five Catholic churches within walking distance of my apartment. Now I really don’t have an excuse to not attend.
However, when I woke up New Years Day after hosting a New Years Eve party the night before, church was the last place I wanted to be. But, when Monica told me one of our friends woke up early to head back to Jersey for church I knew I couldn’t complain, especially since the Mass I planned on attending was right across the street.
So, I went.
But the next Sunday I didn’t.
Feeling that Catholic guilt I’ve heard so much about but never experienced…

January 15th, 2012

Happy (belated) New Year! 2012 is finally here and each person I come across has such a positive feeling towards what this year will bring, as do I. I’ve made a few resolutions this year and while I’ve failed to achieve some years prior (ie. learn guitar), others I’m determined to keep. This year, one of my goals is going to Mass each week.
A rather lofty resolution, after writing about and questioning my faith over the past year-and-a-half on this very blog, I’ve been reflecting on a lot of the comments I’ve received, many of which have advised me to spend time in church every Sunday. I admit I’m still conflicted on why it’s a necessity to go to Mass each week, especially…

December 31st, 2011

Earlier this week, a friend sent me an article that linked to two YouTube videos Ben Breedlove posted a few days before his death on Christmas Day. At just 18-years-old, Breedlove lost his life to his battle with a heart condition. Having cheated death several times, Breedlove posted his thoughts and fears when he approached that “big bright light” above him.
What struck me most about Breedlove is that he is just like all of us. Though he had a severe heart condition, he hoped that “I could be the same as everybody else. But that is one thing that I learned to live with and accept.”
At the age of 4, he cheated death for the first time and recalls when he saw that “big bright light.”…

December 21st, 2011

I haven’t been able to get into the Christmas spirit this year, which is strange for me. Maybe it’s because we didn’t decorate the apartment until yesterday. Or, possibly it’s because it hasn’t snowed enough yet. Either way, I haven’t even blasted holiday music around the apartment (shocker!).
All that changed this Friday when I saw the New York Pops performance of “John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey Wish You a Swingin’ Christmas.” Putting a twist on the holiday classics we know and love with so much energy and prowess, I couldn’t help but smile. It was a rare and special treat to be seated in the audience at Carnegie Hall for the first time.
The New York Pops…

November 30th, 2011

Last week, I wrote about being thankful for having faith. I found it serendipitous that a few days later, when attending the commissioning of my cousin Ray as a pastor in New Jersey at Christian Community Chapel, his entire sermon was about faith.
After he handed out packets of mustard (something I’ve never witnessed before at church), he addressed the congregation with his message, appropriately titled “The Possibilities of Mustard.”
I soon learned that mustard dates back to the Romans who first started experimenting with the seeds. During the 4th and 5th century, recipes containing mustard were found in Roman cookbooks. It’s obvious where you use mustard: on food. You wouldn’t…

November 25th, 2011

As Thanksgiving arrives, it’s hard not to think about what we’re thankful for. Perhaps Madison Square Garden is an unlikely spot to feel gratitude, but I was overcome with gratefulness Monday night while covering Taylor Swift’s performance.
After I picked up my press tickets for the show I was shocked to find out that my seats were three rows from the stage. For over two hours, I was transported into Taylor’s fairytale world where dreams come true, Prince Charming sweeps you off your feet and, most importantly, love exists.
At a time when Occupy Wall Street is all I hear about, I’m continuously worried if I’ll be able to pay my rent next month, and the scary realization that…

October 31st, 2011

Last week, Monica posted her reaction to a film we saw together, “Mister Rogers & Me.” I interviewed filmmaker Benjamin Wagner before the New York premiere and was excited to finally see the film he had been working on for the past seven years.  As a result, Monica and I walked out of the theater inspired and with a new outlook on life. Below are 10 takeaway quotes that left a mark on me.
1. “Deep and simple is far more essential than shallow and complex.”…
The premise behind the film, when Wagner explained his position at MTV, Mister Rogers simply responded, “You know Benjamin, I feel so strongly that deep and simple is far more essential than shallow and complex.” In the end,

October 7th, 2011

“Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.” – Steve Jobs…
For as long as I can remember, I wanted to be a journalist. As a writer my dream has always been to help people. Whether its to allow them a brief escape from the struggles of everyday life, or to introduce them to a new band they never heard of, it’s really always been the same goal.
After I received much animosity from an article I wrote last year I’ve

September 30th, 2011

When people ask me  how I came to be a music journalist I have a few stories. Usually it consists of a combination of:
a. I’ve always loved to write
b. I grew up going to concerts
c. I realized I could combine both these passions when I saw “Almost Famous” for the first time
d. From the moment I covered my first show (Gavin DeGraw for my college paper) I was hooked
But, when someone asks me what it is I love most about music (as my roommate Monica did recently) I’m often stumped. It’s really not a difficult question, its just that it’s so hard to pin it down to one thing. However, while seeing Coldplay up close last week and covering the show for Rolling Stone…, (two dreams accomplished

August 31st, 2011

A few weeks ago, a friend sent me an article on Kathryn Stockett, author of New York Times best seller and current film, The Help…. Turns out Stockett received 60 rejection letters from agents before her novel was accepted. My friend is also a writer and we tend to motivate each other when success in our fields seems hardly attainable. After reading the article, I knew I had to pick up a copy.
While the story was riveting, it was the writer’s unyielding determination that continues to motivate me. I brought the book with me to Spain and on my way back to America three women approached me to say how much they loved it while I proceeded to tell them the tale of the author’s 60 rejections.
Maybe it was because I just experienced

August 23rd, 2011

As I sit in the Madrid airport and wait for my flight to America, I can’t help but to reflect on this week. It feels like a dream that I have yet to wake up from. I experienced things I never would have imagined and accomplished numerous feats that pushed me way out of my comfort zone.
There are a few young pilgrims waiting to board in front of me, which instantly reminds me of the New Jersey Carmelite United group I met my first day here. From their trek on the Camino with Joe to experiencing every aspect World Youth Day had to offer, though I only met them for a short while, they inspired me more than they know. Many were headed off to college and reminded me of my life back then. At that time, I know I was not as brave as they are…

August 22nd, 2011

After a week of interviews with pilgrims, priests and nuns, I was beyond excited to be able to play my familiar role as music journalist. Before I headed to Madrid for World Youth Day, Vince, a friend and the first musician I ever toured with, told me Mike Mangione would be in Spain performing. I met Magione a few years ago and after Vince re-connected us I did some research on his new band.
Blown away by his honest lyrics and the talented musicianship of his band, I knew I had to make it to one of their World Youth Day performances. While I´ve been struggling with whether or not music journalism is a wise choice for my profession over the past few months, Mangione put things into perspective. For two years he lived in his van…

August 21st, 2011

I´ve never had a conversation with a nun. In all my years of CCD, making my communion and confirmation, the nuns in my parish just seemed too important to talk to. Not to mention, so religious that I´m sure I was fearful of saying something wrong.
As I´ve grown older, I´ve come to realize these preconceived thoughts are very wrong. Nuns are humans just like the rest of us. They question their paths in life, they laugh, they have hobbies. At the end of the day we aren´t that… different.
During World Youth Day, I headed to the Vocations Fair to find out more on why some women choose the religious life. Sister Carmen told me of the difficulty she faced when she informed her friends and family of her decision to become a nun.

August 20th, 2011

I haven´t been to confession in 10 years. It´s not that I refuse to go, it´s just something I never thought too much about.
One of the many events on the World Youth Day schedule included the Festival of Forgiveness, a section set aside in Retiro Park where 200 priests are stationed to hear confession. Since I had been conducting interviews all week in and near the park, I really had no excuse not to go.
Toying with the idea in my head for a few days, when the chance came to ask a priest about certain aspects of confession, I jumped at it.
Fr. Emiel Abalahin, O. Carm answered all my questions and concerns and even admitted that there was a time in his life when he avoided confession for 10 years. While the church advises …

August 18th, 2011

The moment I stepped off the bus in Madrid I was surrounded by a whirlwind of languages. There were people from every country dressed in bright colors, proudly waving their nation’s flag while singing at the top of their lungs. It was unlike anything I’ve ever witnessed before.
Welcome to World Youth Day 2011.
I flew to Madrid by myself and wasn’t really sure what to expect. Sure, I knew there would be many religious but I never fathomed seeing hundreds of priests and nuns all in one place. The excitement level in the air was at an all time high and it was hard not to pick up the energetic vibe of the pilgrims while walking around the city.
Wednesday morning, Joe and I headed to the big Carmelite event where I met many…

August 12th, 2011

Last August, I moved in with my two Jewish roommates and we started writing about our interfaith living situation for the Busted Halo blog, Girls Meet God. Truthfully, I’ve never been one to talk openly about religion and while I was raised Catholic I never really knew the exact answers of why I believe the things that I do. Often, it was just a reflection of what I experienced as a child.
Why do I give up chocolate for Lent? Does going to church every Sunday really make you a better Catholic? Are there coincidences in life, or is it all a part of God’s bigger plan? I’m hoping to find the beginnings of these answers while in Madrid for World Youth Day, but also to discover why the Catholic faith is so important to some and…

August 9th, 2011

2011 has been my jet-setting year. My roommates joke that I don’t really live in Brooklyn. I just carry my passport and suitcase everywhere I go and each new destination is my home for the time being.
Truthfully, they’re right.
The thing is though; I don’t completely feel this way. As the saying goes, home is where the heart is, and over the past year my heart has been torn between Brooklyn and New Jersey. While living in Brooklyn has been a dream, I’ll always be a Jersey girl and the Garden State is still where most of my family and friends reside. So, I’m constantly juggling both worlds trying to be present in every relationship but frankly, it’s hard.
While in California dog sitting for a friend for two weeks,…

July 29th, 2011

 
I’ve had at least three drafts of this blog entry written over the past few weeks but nothing I wrote seemed to make any sense, until today. Today, I went back to an article Jon Foreman had written that a friend sent me titled “Making a Living.” You see, the past few weeks I’ve been thinking a lot about this exact phrase and whether it is possible for me to successfully make a living as a music journalist.
One of my all-time favorite musicians is Jon Foreman, frontman of Switchfoot. Whenever my life becomes a roller coaster ride and I can’t seem to come to the right decision I take out their album, The Beautiful Letdown. …“Meant to Live,” “This Is Your Life”

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