Separating art and life

So this is something that I’ve always thought about. Can we possibly celebrate an artist’s talent and forget about his crimes? One of the most talented musicians to ever do it is R. Kelly. People may not like him because of the crimes he’s committed or the allegations of him messing with young girls, but there is no denying his talent. The man is a gifted genius. I was feeling nostalgic last night as I listened to some of his most popular songs like “I Believe I Can Fly,” “When A Woman’s Fed Up,” and “Step in the Name of Love.” All of those songs had me singing at the top of my lungs with pure emotion. No matter what you think about R. Kelly as a person there’s no denying his talent. Also another person I would put on the “tortured artist” list would the rapper DMX. During his time DMX was one of the biggest rappers in the 90s/2000s era and he pretty much ruined his career with drugs and constantly getting in trouble with the law, and I’m not going to lie. It gets me upset to see talent like that wasted. DMX is another artist that just had pure talent, and when I get the notion to go back and listen to some of his songs I just think to myself like “Man, it’s such a shame.” I always hope for a comeback from either R. Kelly and DMX.

Maroon 5

Is it unusual that the only member of Maroon 5 that I know is Adam Levine? I don’t even know what the other members look like, but one thing I can say is that I don’t think there’s one Maroon 5 song that I haven’t liked. What amazes ne the most though anout Maroon 5 is that I can instantly tell if it’s their song playing on the radio. They or should I say Adam Levine has such a distinct singing voice that it’s almost instantly noticeable. I think that’s important for the success of an artist. An artist should have distinct tone that sets them apart from the crowd, and I believe Adam Levine accomplishes that.

My passion

Today I had to conduct my first interview for the Carolina Monthly. At first I was really nervous because I haven’t conducted an interview since the last time I wrote for my college newspaper back in 2013. I interviewed Cedric Baker who has an art exhibit right now in Goldsboro, NC. It was really fascinating talking to him about his experience as an artist and where he gets his ideas from. I walked out of that interview feeling amazing. I literally walked out exhaling a sigh of joy because I realized THIS is what I want to do. The experience of interviewing someone and getting their thoughts and getting a deeper portrait of them was incredible. I had great interview questions, we were conversational, and Cedric Baker was really a great person to interview. He gave me a lot to work with. It made me realize that I really do have great interviewing skills. It was just really amazing and I am so proud of myself for my accomplishment today. Below is Cedric Baker in front of some of his artwork.