Lukas Graham

As you may have figured out, I love music. Hence, part of the title of my blog and I just love discovering new music and talent. Lukas Graham became one of my favorite artists over the past year. The first song that I remember from him and a song that really made him a success was the song “7 Years.” I absolutely love this song, but have you ever been in a situation when you get stuck on just one song by an artists so you can’t really call yourself a fan of a musician if you just know only one of their popular songs, so for me I thought it was important to go on YouTube and listen to some more of his music and what I found out is that Lukas Graham is a rare talent. He may be a white boy from Denmark, but one thing is for sure: That boy has soul. For me, I like unique, soulful, and different music. Don’t get me wrong, I also love music that doesn’t really have a meaning but is fun to listen to but Lukas Graham is just plain awesome. Since I discovered him there hasn’t really been a song that I disliked. I would have to say that my favorites though are “7 Years,” “Mama Said,” “Red Wine,” and “Funeral.” In a later blog I’ll have to go into a deeper analysis of  some of these songs and what I find intriguing about them. Don’t be hesitant to discover new artists and new music. It’s well worth it!

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The benefits of being in the band

I have a deep appreciation for the band. I was in the band throughout middle school, high school, and college. I played the clarinet, bass clarinet, and I also played the tenor sax when I was in 8th grade jazz band. Needless to say music has always played a major role in my life. I was truly a band geek, but I wouldn’t change it for anything in the world. Being in the band provided me with a lot of experiences and just gave me a sense of belonging. Being in the band is about being a part of something bigger than yourself because when one person messes up it affects the whole unit and one person’s success again affects the whole band. We all had to work together. That’s one benefit of being in then band. You learn about true teamwork. Teamwork is one of the most important things about being in the band. Also, going back to what I said earlier I’ve also been able to experience I never would have if it wasn’t for being in band. Being a part of my high school marching band I was able to perform in the Georgia Dome (home of the Atlanta Falcons) TWICE. I have been in numerous parades and more importantly being in the band gives you that sense of family. If you’re going to be in the band you’re most likely going to spend more time with your band mates than your actual family because you have after school practices, weekend competitions, and fundraisers but it was the most fun that I ever had. One of the things I do credit towards the band is my appreciation for all types of music. I have such a love for music and I really believe that being in the band for all of my school career has helped with that because being in the band you’re exposed to different types of music. Band will always hold a special place in my heart.

What makes a song a classic?

Today as I was listening to music I contemplated “What makes a song a classic?” I was listening to “No Diggity” by Blackstreet ft. Dr. Dre and that is a classic hip hop song, so it made me wonder “What makes a song a classic?” There are many songs that we might consider classics. Maybe they became instant classics as soon as we heard them or maybe they became classics over time. For me, I definitely think what makes a song a classic is the lyrics and the beat. What do you think makes a classic song?

Art interpretations

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So I am in this Facebook group that is for INFP women where we can share our innermost thoughts and quirks. We’re a loving group of women who are there for each other and it’s great, but anyway someone posted this picture in the group and a lot of us gave our interpretation of what the picture meant. I thought the picture symbolized how sometimes people are not satisfied with what they already have. Other people gave their interpretations and I just wanted to point out this wonderful thing about art. Something that I have always appreciated about art is the fact that art can be interpreted in many different ways. Everyone has a different perspective and there are no right or wrong answers. I guess that’s why I’ve always like studying English Literature. It’s the same with that subject. An author can have many different themes running throughout a book and there can be scenes that resonate with different people but for very different reasons. That’s why I’ve always preferred literature over math I guess lol. With math there’s always a right answer but with English there can be many different perspectives. That’s what makes studying literature so enjoyable for me.

You have to pursue your goals

Today I took a leap of faith and did something bold. I’ve been trying to land my dream job, but I haven’t had any luck yet. I want to be a writer. I was looking through Our State magazine, which is a magazine based in North Carolina. I’ve applied for a position there a couple of times, but I hadn’t had any success. While I was looking through the magazine I came across the Letter from the Editor section and I thought hit me. Why not try to reach out to the editor personally about my desire to work on her magazine and see what she says? So I wrote a letter to the editor and told her that writing was my dream and this is something that I want to do and that I applied for a job position a couple of times with Our State. I told her that I would love to set up an interview with her. Sometimes you just have to be bold to get what you want. I don’t know if it will work but it’s worth a shot.

Intimate relationship with music

Music for me today was on a whole other level. I love when you go back and rediscover songs that you hadn’t listened to in a long time. Today it was Blues Traveler and their song “Runaround” and I listened to a lot of Sean Paul today as well while I was at work and both artists are completely opposite ends of the spectrum but like I mentioned in my last posts. That’s the beautiful thing about music. Music is music and certain songs evoke different emotions. For example, I found an awesome live version of Blues Traveler doing their song “Runaround” (I’ll link the video below) and I think it is better than his album version although I like that one too. That song just gives me life and soul. The way he sings and plays that harmonica…it’s just complete excellence. I get chills just watching that performance and I just have to close my eyes and tap my foot and move my head. Then on the other end there’s Sean Paul who is known for his reggae and dancehall music and for me when I listen to his songs like “Like Glue” and “We Be Burnin'” that music makes me feel like I’m from the islands myself and it makes me feel like a sexy, beautiful woman. Music is such a powerful tool and we shouldn’t ever take it for granted.

Link here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgfEVDxd7Kc