Damian Hardeen

  • Response to Paris Is Burning

    Paris is Burning is a New York City based documentary about balls that are attended by gay males. The purpose of the event is for the participants to display an authentic (or as close to authentic as possible) portrayal of existing, well-defined, mock-ups of societal personas and their associated dress. The Paris is…[Read more]

  • “I think Lemonade can be talk about and watched multiple times, and things will still be discovered about it.” -I think you’re right! Lemonade is so rich in content that we can’t possibly see or hear everything that’s presented and represented in 1 or 2 viewings. Additionally, the length and breakdown of different stages and themes within the main…[Read more]

  • All hail portable music! That said, I have a love hate relationship with iPods, mp3’s, mp4’s and other compressed but really convenient and easily accessible music. As you’ve stated, walking around or traveling with your own personal soundtrack is a major part of not only tuning out the “real world,” but creating your own world. Sometimes the…[Read more]

  • It would almost seem that disco was viewed as a type of sell-out, ultra-commercial venture that threatened the impression of “realness” and artistry in rock; disco’s main competition at the time. In fact, to the anti-disco audience, disco wasn’t viewed as having any more worth or artistic capitol, other than its marketability. Many rock fans felt…[Read more]

  • The fundamental question is this: Have we spent more time on this planet as pondering thinkers observing our environment for survivability, or, have we spent more time digesting an onslaught of never-ending media […]

    • I agree with your points about us as human species need to be connected at all time, it’s like there should be a USB port embedded into our brains. I think especially Americans are becoming the worst for the constant need for likes. It’s as if, if you didn’t post a picture of your “I voted” sticker, does your vote actually count? Also the need for people to write in a ridiculous candidate like Harambe just so they can get likes on their Instagram photo. Social gatherings now consist of everybody glaring into their phones and the bright LED beaming off of their face. Conversation that used to turn into debate and engage the whole room has turned into a simple ask Siri for the answer. Personally, I was guilty of the thirst for likes as well but once I noticed it and deactivated Facebook and Instagram I can say I’m not on my phone as much and I actually watch the world pass me by while most of my generation is going to have neck problems in their older years.

  • In the article, “‘I’m From Rags to Riches’: The Death of Jay-Z,” author Cynthia Fuchs makes the argument that Jay-Z, and, by extension, any rapper who chooses to portray themselves with street credibility while […]

    • Yes!!!! Yes! I love how you described the “disconnection” of the Media’s Hip Hop culture vs. the real grind of it all. There’s a major difference between a music video boasting about how rich the rapper is with all his women and jewels, and a music video demonstrating the struggles of living in an urban city with little to no money.

      I personally think it’s sad when big-show-time star rappers give no meaning or depth to their lyrics (except SHOTS SHOTS SHOTS and WOAH LOOK AT ALL THIS BANK *throws hundreds around like confetti*). Yes, it’s fun to sing a long to, but we really need some more passionate artworks that really gets you to understand the musician’s heart and soul.

      I feel like this new world of rap isn’t as significant as it used to be (in my opinion!!! I could be wrong… I haven’t really tuned in to today’s new songs lately).

      There’s still really awesome artists that really take their careers seriously and try to relate to their listeners, but sometimes the glam of living the “rich life” gets in the way of some truly amazing music.

  • In Eric Porter’s article “‘Dizzy Atmosphere’: The Challenge of Bebop” the writer draws the comparison to this genre to that of hip-hop. He notes a certain initial public disdain that has accompanied both music […]

  • When I first heard Nirvana perform this song on MTV’s Unplugged, I knew it was a cover put I never bothered to check out who did the original. I have to admit that two things surprised me most: 1) that that song was this old, and, 2) that Leadbelly sung the original. I’m curious as to what your reasons were in chosing this song -fantastic choice…[Read more]

  • I didn’t think that anyone else would write about a Tears For Fears song, then I was pleasantly surprised with your article. I also chose a song by this band, MAD WORLD in group 1 http://music16group1.qwriting.qc.cuny.edu/

    Tears For Fears has a darkness to them in general though their songs fit nicely into the 80’s. I guess this is why their…[Read more]

  • The Tears For Fears song, Mad World, was covered by Gary Jules, whose rendition was prominently featured in the cult classic film Donnie Darko (2001), a Sci-Fi Drama that gained most of its popularity well […]

    • As I saw the title of this post the first thing I thought of was Donnie Darko, such an excellent film! You hit the nail on the head with your description on the mood and feeling you get while listening to the two songs. As the original has a vibe from a sci-fi film in the 80’s, the cover digs even deeper with the sounds of heavy emotion. Excellent piece.

    • Wow, I didn’t even know this song was a Tears for Fear song. You learn something new everyday. You’re right about the original being so… different. The original song is so synthesized that its kinda hard to hear the lyrics or even concentrate on them. There’s just so much happening in the song that its hard to take in all at once, with all the synthesizers and different instruments. The cover is just so sad and simple that it really does fit the song much better. Its easier to hear the lyrics and actually hear how depressing it is. The fact that the cover is such a meme now just makes it even more hilarious. Songs being changed from upbeat to depressing is probably one of the more funnier trends of cover songs.


    Though surf music is no longer dominating the air waves, this subculture is one of the most popular genres that we adore – whether we know it or not.

    Surf rock enjoyed a very brief run as a dominating mu […]

  • Paris is Burning is a New York City based documentary about balls that are attended by gay males. The purpose of the event is for the participants to display an authentic (or as close to authentic as possible) […]

    • This was a great response to the documentary, Paris is Burning. I acknowledge and agree with many things that you’ve written. The balls are a safe place for these gay men where they can express themselves and become whoever they dream of becoming. However once they step outside, reality hits and they have to be aware of their surroundings.
      I agree that the ball is a place transcend their identities, accept one another and glamorizing one another.