Sade Smith

  • The concept of a Herbivore Man is so unique, and I had no idea what to expect from your presentation. The Herbivore Man is not what I thought at all. I like the idea of not wanting to fall under the classic category and creating a new category to fit the times of society today.

  • When I hear “Queen Bee”, I automatically think of Mean Girls and Sharpay Evans from High School Musical. I never thought to look into where the “Queen Bee” character type came from, your analysis provides a great insight. It shows how it plays into the stereotypical judgements placed on girls and how that has translated into this type of aggression.

  • Before reading this article I was very much aware of the misrepresentation of girls in literature but this was one of the few times I saw it being addresses and discussed. No matter what women are always sexualized, I think this places so many limitations on girls subconsciously because they are being told that this is all they have to offer. This…[Read more]

  • I agree that this visual album addresses many things and the visual component in stunning. I found it to be impressive however, I avoided watching it for a long time. At first I felt that these were issues that have been around for years and many have attempted to start the discussion but went ignored. Then, Beyonce decided it was cool to discuss…[Read more]

  • In this article Richard Dyer discusses many different things but something I found interesting was the view of capitalism in disco. He points out that disco is “irredeemably capitalistic’ both in how it is […]

    • 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 that their music was being displaced by this “lesser music” -a music that they associated with queer culture, which was often greeted with overt intolerance and bigotry.

      Having written and produced for nearly every popular genre, and coming from a rock background, I disagree with some of the disco-hating rock folks who quickly dismiss disco as be a lesser form of music. Some of the most elaborate arrangements in the late 70’s came from disco and helped to create a multi-functional type of music that was not only conducive to dancing, but that also created a sonic fullness and excitement that became the measuring stick by which later dance oriented pop music would be held to. And, to your point, pop music has always been about selling the most amount of music. It’s hard to fault a genre for that, just so that there is still demand for it and that the powerful decision makers in music aren’t shoving it down our throats. Echem, MTV!? Disney Inc.!?

  • Sade Smith commented on the page, on the site Music Industry F16 Group 3 3 years ago

    I agree very much with your point that Jay-Z has changed over the years and people who are strictly fans of his old material tend to hate his newer ones. I think thats something that all artist who’ve been in the music industry for a long time experience. As you pointed out he at a different place in life now and there is now way he is going to…[Read more]

  • Sade Smith commented on the page, on the site Music Industry F16 Group 3 3 years ago

    I find it INSANE that people basically throw so much money away in nightclubs but, I guess when you have it to spend it why not. For me personally, I wouldn’t do it but maybe thats because as you pointed I’m a broke college student. I have a hard time justifying buying my textbooks that are more that $50, I wouldn’t even consider spending that…[Read more]

  • Sade Smith commented on the page, on the site Music Industry F16 Group 3 3 years ago

    This was a rather interesting reading and I felt that it covered a lot in terms of the components of disco as well as its stance in society. Eroticism, romanticism and materialism are three things that I thought could be found in other subcultures too but many not as ‘in-your-face’ as it is in disco. I also thought that the discussion of disco…[Read more]

  • Reading this article felt like I was reading about myself at times. Once, I put my headphones in the ‘real world’ is basically on mute. Bull quotes Urry in the reading, “Urban citizens frequently ignore the physi […]

    • 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 love my music and I totally agree that it acts as background music to my life. If am not using my Ipod, I am using Pandora and I can tell you straight up I have the free version with lots of commercials between the songs. The disruption of my music is annoying and really puts me in a miserable mood. And I have to agree, I ignore everything when I am walking through the city, or campus or even drive for that matter. I just focus on me and my next steps..

  • Sade Smith commented on the page, on the site Music Industry F16 Group 3 3 years ago

    This topic of music in video games is new and interesting to me. I’m not familiar with gaming and I think that both your presentation and this article opened my eyes a bit more to how music can have an affect on the player of a video game. The music whether you enjoy it or find it unbearable does capture your attention and keeps you hooked.

  • Sade Smith commented on the page, on the site Music Industry F16 Group 3 3 years ago

    I think today many would consider it appropriation. To be honest people in society are very sensitive today; especially when culture is involved. Which is why I think that something like this may not happen again in a long time, I think anything further than what people can find amusing may bring plenty of backlash.

  • I think Dae Ryun Chang’s 3-point guideline for companies to follow to develop their own “Gangnam Style” is quite interesting. The first point “Make your product or brand more ownable” is different than what many […]

    • 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 think today many would consider it appropriation. To be honest people in society are very sensitive today; especially when culture is involved. Which is why I think that something like this may not happen again in a long time, I think anything further than what people can find amusing may bring plenty of backlash.

        • 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 anything, so I understand what you mean.

    • I honestly believe that more artists should try to be more open minded when it comes to creating music. Many are often too afraid to experiment with a new sound but I believe that is the only way to keep pushing music creatively forward. I hated the album 808 & Heartbreak by Kanye West but that’s because it was ahead of it’s time and I didn’t listen to it with an open mind. Now it’s one of my most favorite albums.
      I also think that crowdsurfing is great because it helps even the smallest artists grow and enables them to better connect with their fan base.

      • I agree, a lot of musicians use the same sound that has been popular through the years so that they too, can be popular. Every song now a days seems so similar, especially on the radio. The same garbage is played 24/7. We need to have a system where we provide incentives for a different type of music, different ways of expressing ourselves.

  • Dawson Barrett’s article “DIY Democracy: The Direct Acton Politics of U.S Punk Collectives explains how the values of the punk market transcended over into politics. Barrett explains that those on the punk sub […]

  • As more and more young adults are understanding the need to take care of his or her skin, the facial skin care market is growing and expanding. With this in mind, advertisers have to be more creative than ever to […]

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    Killing Me Softly, Cover Song Analysis

    The version of “Killing Me Softly” that many are familiar with was popularized by the Fugees in 1996; however, it was originally popularized by Roberta Flack in 1973 […]

    • Killing Me Softly by the Fugees is a classic record and one of my favorites. I was unaware that is was a cover song previously done by Roberta Flack. I didn’t know that the original song was recorded in 1971 and belonged to Lori Lieberman. The controversy behind who originally created the record is interesting. It is common for music artist and song writers to fight over records. Controversy over song credits continuously happens, especially when a record blows up.

      The believe the song Killing Me Softly evolved as each artist did their own rendition of it. Lori Lieberman’s Folk version was very simplistic and mellow while Roberta Flack and without a doubt The Fugees versions are much more upbeat and soulful. It is clear from popularity and sales that the Fugees version of the record was the most successful version. To this day the Killing Me Softly by the Fugees is played on the radio and pretty often as well. Great record and a great post!

    • Really had no idea that such a classic song was just a cover but that still doesn’t take away from the importance of it. Lauryn Hill was practically the first lead female vocal in a rap group. She helped pave the way for mixed gender rap groups and when she came out with The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill she was able to show the world hey women can rap too.

    • I’ve heard this song so many times on the radio but it was really interesting to learn that it’s been sung by so many different people. It’s gone through so many different genres and changed it sound so many times to connect different audiences that it’s really amazing. Roberta Flack and the Fugees really give it that extra energy that makes it nice to listen to. It’s unfortunate that Lori Lieberman wasn’t credited for the original song. The trend of women being denied credit for things they invented is nothing new and that’s probably one of many unfortunate circumstances in life.

  • For this assignment I thought it would be interesting to focus on the musical subculture of Korean Hip Hop. It has been gaining quite a bit of recognition internationally and it has been growing steadily over the […]

    • I’m excited to see what you have to say on kpop. I used to be really into it a few years ago when it became insanely popular. I was torn between picking kpop or video game music for the project so I can’t wait to hear more about the culture. Your study abroad experience in South Korea sounds really interesting! Can’t wait to hear what kpop culture is like there.