Debbie

  • Debbie's profile was updated 2 years, 3 months ago

  • So he did actually have an affair? I always thought it was just speculation!

    I’m really glad you were amazed by Lemonade, it was my first time watching it too and I was taken aback by it. Made me tear a few times and I never really thought it would be as great as it was because I too believe pop is garbage these days (I’ve been slowly trying…[Read more]

  • I’m wondering now what you think makes people “very sensitive” today? I believe newer generations are opening their eyes to a lot of the things that were always prevalent in life but that no one wanted to discuss. Now that things are more out in the open, they’re up for debate. Sometimes things can be taken too far, of course it can happen with…[Read more]

  • Hi Kyle,

    Did you already present this? I missed class last week and I would hate to have missed this, sounds like a really interesting topic. I’m especially interested in hearing about how sales have changed, I would assume it’s about downloads now?

  • Thank you for writing about this! I really love this song, it’s quite catchy. I knew it wasn’t his originally since there was a video going around at some point that showed all the samples he used in that album. I do believe whoever produces his music does well in making it somewhat original to him.

    Have you also seen the video of some guy who…[Read more]

  • Hi Sade!

    I’m the same way, do you manage to get annoyed when your playlist is disrupted as well? I also think people still aren’t noticing this aesthetic as much as they could. I’m not saying this is a bad thing, I just believe this is more involuntary than we think!

  • I found this article difficult to read, and at first it wasn’t catching my attention. By then Cusick said, “Detainees were not asked questions while subjected to music; they were subjected to music and then sent […]

    • “Considering how important music is, and how it has the power to affect our mood, this form of torture is pretty terrifying…”

      I totally agree! It’s really terrifying to know that people use music as a means of torture. We normally associate music as something that brings us joy. I would hate to think that music could ever be used to torture me. I think I’d much rather get tortured physically. I agree that any type of torture that isn’t just physical is a lot worse. With physical torture, you can endure the pain. But with psychological torture, it starts to really mess with your head.

      Over the summer, I went to Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia. While I was there, one of the tour guides showed us an underground tunnel where they would keep the inmates in solitary confinement. It was completely dark. You couldn’t see anything. The inmates would be kept there for a really long time. Most of them ended up going crazy. I felt really spooked hearing the tour guide say all of this. I can’t imagine how awful it must feel to be alone, in the dark, with nothing to do, for who knows how long.

    • I completely agree that psychological torture can hurt a person in more ways than one. It’s like how many people overlook the importance of mental health. People will be all concerned about Vets who are missing limbs or are in wheelchairs. But PTSD? No one really thinks about the ones who have to suffer through that. Mental illnesses are often demonized by the media cause they portray mentally unstable people as violent and unpredictable. No one can really see the extent of psychological damage unlike physical damage and so most people think of it as nonexistent or brush it off as unimportant. Psychological wounds is much harder to heal compared to physical ones.

  • I think the first point is also very interesting, considering (as you mentioned) the fact that it used to be all about not letting any of your creations get copied by others. I’d be interested in knowing when this shift happened and why, but I digress. Do you think this is different from appropriation?

  • I don’t believe it has a negative or positive impact, I believe it’s just the way things happened to go considering the way technology shapes us. Not to say that technology shapes our lives, but it definitely has some influence. I think it’s neither good or bad, it is just different.

  • I think Bull’s article is very interesting because he speaks of iPod users trying to aestheticise their everyday routine and I never really thought about it that way. There are even memes that many people can […]

    • I don’t believe it has a negative or positive impact, I believe it’s just the way things happened to go considering the way technology shapes us. Not to say that technology shapes our lives, but it definitely has some influence. I think it’s neither good or bad, it is just different.

    • I love submerging myself into music and I agree with you when you say that mood plays a huge role in the music we listen to. I believe that there is a time and place for all music. There are certain artists that I can’t play in my car while I’m driving because they just don’t ever seem to fit the mood. But when I plug in and put on a pair of headphones I am more readily open to listen to different types of music. If the song doesn’t hit my spirit I don’t get near it.

  • I really enjoyed this blog post and it’s discussion of Lemonade as something more than an album about Jay-Z being unfaithful. All I ever heard about Lemonade when it was released was “Oo Jay-Z better watch out” […]

    • Like you, I read the article as well as watching the video. I think the reason others Jay-Z being unfaithful because they’re stories of Jay-Z having affairs, not as “Becky”. Overall, the video is showing mostly Black Feminism. Also, Beyonce was being a genius by showing her emotional side through that song. Lastly, Lemonade really represents her world. As a fan, I wish I have a song that represents my everyday struggle.

    • I think the affair thing did stir up a lot of drama and it almost seemed like a made up marketing scheme at one point. But whats funny is that all I ever heard for almost a week straight after the release of Lemonade was the line “When he fuck me good, I take his ass to Red Lobster” but that was just twitter being comical I guess.
      After watching the full video in class though I was amazed. I was ver surprised to seeing how conceptual it actually was, I just assumed she just stuffed a bunch of music videos together but it was clearly put in order of how she wanted to tell her story. It really reminded me of how garbage the pop music that we hear on the radio is.

      • So he did actually have an affair? I always thought it was just speculation!

        I’m really glad you were amazed by Lemonade, it was my first time watching it too and I was taken aback by it. Made me tear a few times and I never really thought it would be as great as it was because I too believe pop is garbage these days (I’ve been slowly trying to change that mindset because of this class though). I talked about it for days after watching it! it’s a great piece of work.

    • “In that world, the making and drinking of lemonade will be a fresh and zestful delight, a real life mixture of the bitter and the sweet, and not a measure of our capacity to endure pain, but rather a celebration of our moving beyond pain.”

      The last part of the sentence really speaks to me. A celebration of our moving beyond pain. I totally think this is something you can take from Lemonade. I mean it’s so complex that there are so many things one can talk about. I’m pretty sure someone can teach a whole class on this!

      But yeah, as you hear and watch the visual album, you see/hear all of the different stages of grief before you get to the final step of healing.

      The first time I ever watched Lemonade, I felt exhausted afterwards. I felt like I had gone on a rollercoaster of emotions. But I also felt good. I felt that sense of moving beyond the pain. I don’t know, I felt like I had come back to life as a stronger and better person, haha.

  • I completely agree with the article, except for the implication that Miley did it on purpose. I’m not saying she did not explicitly say “I wanted my album to sound black,” what I’m saying is that it has a lot to […]

    • I do agree with you there about Miley Cyrus not really doing this on purpose. I do want to say it is mostly the media’s fault because – you can see the change of her persona from her younger years to what she is now (country to … whatever she currently is?), and honestly, I think she was just trying to be “crazy” and “out there”, but didn’t realize how offensive her VMA performance was.

      Last time I checked her instagram, she was posting the weirdest of pictures that involved fluffy pink backgrounds, alien heads, and pizza… so I think she’s trying to turn herself into this abnormal icon that successfully attracts everyone’s attention. But it is true… I remember watching her performance in complete shock. I was also with a friend when I saw this on TV and her face was even like “uh no”.

      Like you said, I hope she learned from this experience…

  • Although I agree with most of what you said, I still question your question of “but does that mean white women can’t twerk?” For me, and what I think the article talks about, isn’t that Miley can’t do it, but that she shouldn’t in this context; the context of “I want to sound/look more black” and twerking because of it.

    You’re right though, it…[Read more]

  • As a woman in a twee-punk band trying to make it in today’s NYC Riot Grrrl scene, I wanted to base my project on Riot Grrrl in the 1990’s. Riot Grrrl was ignited through years of watching the male-dominated roc […]

    • I had no idea Alanis and Fiona were Riot girls. What about Sky Ferreira? I enjoy their music but I was not aware of this Riot Grrrl theme. Is it a band? Sounds more like a movement. Either way I think it’s great that they use their talents to help other women. Music is great medicine for many people and has the power to change our society when done correctly.

  • Hey Megan!

    I think this is really cool, and I’m SO excited to see this presentation. I was really into 8-bit/chiptune a few years ago. I really like HenryHomesweet and Shirobon!, and I remember this site called 8-bit or something, where many artists uploaded their music and I miss it so much. Last time I checked, the site was down. ),:

    I…[Read more]

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