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Definition of Music

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In my Introduction to Music course that I am taking this semester, my professor asked the class to define music in our own terms, and I thought the best way to describe it is with a blog post.

The past weekend I went to Winter Jam in Philadelphia, PA, which was a free outdoor concert. When my friends first invited me, I thought they were completely crazy, because not only was it an outdoor concert, but it was an outdoor concert during one of the coldest/snowy weekends. I didn’t think my first choice for a weekend outing would be standing in the feels-like-below-zero weather and snow, but I was clearly mistaken.

My friends and I stood at that concert for more than five hours, but it’s a memory I hope to hold onto. During the concert, I had to just look around and see how many people had showed up. It was such a surprise to see that many people willing to stand in the cold for a concert, but it made sense to me. Music brings people together.

There’s something amazing about that idea, that no matter the weather, the time, the place, if music is somehow involved it’s like none of those things matter. Complete strangers can get together and bond as one unified group for the same love they all share: music.

This concert stood apart from all other concerts I had attended. I was able to bond with complete strangers, hold hands with girls while we danced to the music, sing to my favorite songs with my friends and crowd members, let go of agendas and stress and just enjoy the sound of talented musicians and crazy fans. There is no textbook definition that could best describe music as an experience like that.

 

Class Cancelled

20131022_093946I’m sitting ridiculously on the floor, hunched over this computer. Panic! At the Disco’s new album Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die! plays loudly in the background. All I can smell is the hair dye that is on my head right now, waiting for it to turn a shade called Honey Butter. My mom passes by my room, telling me to open my shades and let some sun into my room. It really warms up your room, she tells me. As I obey, sunbeams fall across the candy apple red bedspread that looks all too inviting to me right now. I like noticing this, the color of my bedspread, the way the sun comes in through my cloudy window that I should really clean, the sound of new music, the stretch in my legs as I attempt to sit pretzel-style. Today is not a normal day. I should really be waking up at 6:30 a.m., but instead, just on this Tuesday, I can sit here and watch the sun in my window.

Summer

Her eyes tried to focus on the spreadsheet that was opened up on her laptop, but she was too anxious. Her heart fluttered and she felt lightheaded every time she looked at the time. She tried focusing on each cell, slowly adding data to the columns, avoiding the righthand corner where the clock ticked. Her lunch break was coming up and she knew she would have to talk to him.

Kiss me hard before you go*

After she saved her document, she saw him stand up and walk over to her desk and heard him say he was going to get lunch, as expected.

Summertime sadness

“Are you coming with me?” he asked.

“Yes.”

They walked to his car and drove to a sandwich shop the town over. The radio played softly, but it was loud enough to drown out the beating of her heart which she was sure he could hear.

I just wanted you to know

 He pulled into a parking spot and turned off the car. She started to get out and he put a hand on her shoulder.

“Wait,” he whispered.

She looked at him, and waited.

“I just want you to know that I care about you. But this opportunity is what I need, and I have to take it. I’m sorry,” he paused. “What we have is special, but this is all I can give. You deserve more.”

“I understand, really, don’t worry about me,” she forced a smile on her face.

They got out and ordered sandwiches, the same way they did every Thursday. Except it was the last Thursday he was working in the office, and she never saw him again.

 That baby you’re the best

* “Summertime Sadness” Lana Del Rey, Born to Die

Thank You Bloggers

One of my very close friends, and fellow wordpresser (see her blog here http://thoughtfullywritten.wordpress.com ) went shopping today. She’s one of those friends that no matter what you are doing or what time of the day it is, you can always have a decent conversation with her. No matter how much time goes by where we don’t talk (we blame college) whenever we get back together it’s like nothing has changed.

Anyway, we both were discussing our writing with our blogs, and I think we both agreed that one of the most important part of having a blog is caring about other avid writers. It’s one thing to manage your own blog and write everything you are feeling, several times a week. It’s another to stumble upon other writers who share the same passion as you.

I know I devote a lot of my time trying to get more followers and other people to view my site, but I think I want to spend more time viewing other blogs. I think as a writer I need to learn from others as a part of my journey to (hopeful) success.

I’ve come across so many amazing bloggers on this site. It is truly a wonderful thing to realize how many other people are out there that either share a passion for writing, or something else, or both. I love coming across blogs where the person not only is amazing writer that I can learn from, but they also share a passion for something bigger. There are so many cooking blogs, photography blogs, music blogs, and personal blogs that I have found this past year. I really wish I could meet some of you, to just shake your hand and thank you for giving other bloggers like me inspiration and courage to keep going. My friends and family have backed me up with everything I do, but without the amazing people on WordPress, I probably would have quit two years ago. So thanks to every random person who has followed me, liked my post, or shared a comment. You’re part of the reason I keep on writing.

Get Real Gagnam Style

Anyone with connection to the internet knows about PSY, a South Korean singer and songwriter.  He has become increasingly more popular as the days go on, but what made him such a huge sensation?

His fame started in his homeland, but gained even more fame in the U.S.A when Justin Bieber’s manager signed him.  His ridiculous video on YouTube gained millions of hits in just nine days.  His video is like a lot of other artists; weird enough that you keep watching and wish you could join in.

His video received more likes than the video “Party Rock,” a song by LMFAO which included the popular dance “Shuffling.”

His song also passed Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” on iTunes.

What’s better?  Is it his song that’s mainly in Korean except for one line of “sexy lady,” or is it the fact that his dance is so stupid everyone wants to learn it?

I would have to say the dance is what makes this man popular.  There are some people that love to listen to K-pop no matter what, but I can guarantee half of us would turn the music down if this song came on.  The fact that we associate it with the horse trot-side-whatever move it is, we can enjoy the song more.  I wasn’t even sure I knew what Gagnam Style was until PSY described it as being “noble by day and crazy by night.”  Oh, okay then.

How many other songs can you think of that are like this?  Personally I can enjoy “Party Rock,” but the song is better because of the shuffle dance you can do with it.  I remember perfecting the “jerk” dance my senior year of high school.  The song “You’re a Jerk” by the New Boyz has a good beat but the whole chorus makes me wonder if the “boyz” have any lyric writing ability at all, and the best part about the song is that you can do the dance to it.

So really in order to make a song popular  just think of a ridiculous dance that is sure to get everyone out of their seats, and you will surely see fame in no more than nine days.

Don’t Go Towards the Light!

Living in Pennsylvania is really irksome sometimes.  Especially when it comes down to weather.  I’m not sure what it is like in other states or countries, but on the East Coast the weather is very bipolar.

It is so deceiving when the weather is terrible for a week, and then Mother Nature decides to be beautiful for a few days.  You would think this would be a good thing, but no sooner does the weather become nice, does Mother Nature snatch that wonderful sunshine-y goodness away from us.

Can I have this everyday, please and thank you?

“Ha ha, I got you now!”

I can just see her laughing.

You think that it is going to be so beautiful for a while longer, and you think, “Hey, this is the best fall ever!”  Don’t do it!  Don’t believe the rays of goodness!

The reason this comes about is that I can actually pleasantly sit on my computer without scowling at the draft that is seeping through my window.  It has been a wonderful 60 degrees this weekend, and I am sure that when this next week gets moving, it will be freezing again.  Don’t get me wrong, I love this nice weather, especially during fall.  It’s just depressing because I know it will not last.

“Muahahaha….” said Mother Nature.

I’m still trying to pretend that it isn’t November.

 

The Detox Diaries: It’s All About Attitude

It was day three today, and today was all about my attitude.  I woke up this morning, and did some wake-up yoga poses (very simple stretches, really).  I thought I was going to have a headache, but I believe the stretches helped scare it away.  I made my Salada Citrus tea with antioxidants, and fixed up my day one breakfast consisting of a grapefruit and banana.  I love banana’s when they are slightly overripe.  All of the natural sugars come to the surface, and it just tastes a whole lot better than a not-so-ripe-banana.  I drank some water with lemon wedges, and put on my running gear.

It has been awhile since I have gone on a run, so I made sure to stretch.  I have many friends who dismiss stretching, and say “Oh, I don’t need to stretch.”  Stop the madness!  There are many people who say stretching doesn’t matter, but after many years of running, I have concluded that I personally, must stretch before and after a run.  The benefits of stretching are the warming up of the muscles, decrease in injury, and it helps increase flexibilty.  Plus I think it just feels good.  Today I felt a lot of pain in my hamstrings, for no particular reason, and I found stretching made me feel much better.  I even found less pain after I had run.

have to have music on when I run.  It helps me clear my mind, and an upbeat song always keeps me moving.  While I have a taste for alternative music, I normally choose upbeat, sing-song-y pop songs to run to.  Here is my playlist for today:

“Handclaps & Guitars”–Chiddy Bang

“Club Can’t Handle Me”–Flo Rida

“Good Feeling”–Flo Rida

“Moving in the Dark”–Neon Trees

“Everybody Talks”–Neon Trees

“Crank it Up”–David Guetta ft. Akon

“Tell Me a Lie”–One Direction (yes, I listen to One Direction)

I typically go for a mile, or two miles if I am feeling adventurous.  In high school I was more of a sprinter than I was long distance, but I can maintain a steady pace and go for a mile without losing a lung.  After my run, I stretched and cooled down.

When I washed up, I used Neutrogena’s Naturals Purifying Pore Scrub.  I highly recommend this, especially when on a detox.  This pore scrub has no harsh chemicals, and instead contains willowbark and jojoba beads.  These strange items are good for the skin, and do not burn it like some other facial products will do.  It is a really great scrub, and I always feel very clean after using it.  On a detox, some studies recommend using natural facial and body cleansers.  If you are using cleansers with high amounts of chemicals, you aren’t maximizing the decrease in toxins.

As for food, I had leftover brown rice with vegetables, and two kiwis for lunch.  My mother informed me that the kiwi is another super food, it contains many vitamins, minerals, and it is so delicious!  Kiwi’s are very easy to eat, just cut in half and scoop out with a spoon!

I also had a before work snack of a mango, strawberry, banana, orange and spinach leave smoothie!  Complete with a bendy straw.

The straw definitely made it taste better!

At work, I snacked on carrot sticks, and had a baked sweet potato for part one of my dinner.  When I came home, I whipped up some stir-fry, this time I added small chunks of celery.  All of the other vegetables go nicely with this refreshing vegetable.  I also added yellow peppers, because it’s important to have your bright colors each day.

At last the day winds down, and I sip on my Salada tea to relax.  Today was all about attitude.  I woke up with a positive attitude to get things done.  I did yoga, and went for a run.  I could have slept in until the cows came home, but instead I put a smile on my face and made the best of a beautiful day!  Side note, I also did some belated spring cleaning!  It all depends on your attitude.  If you can think positively, you can do anything!