My emphatic answer is YES! For me art and politics go hand in hand. Art is a platform in which politics can stand and be understood. In an earlier post I wrote about the rise and fall of my beloved Eminem after is freestyle about Trump at the BET Awards. Em is still getting backlash from that. People are saging that Eminem needs to stay out of politics and stick with music and these comments are not just said about Eminem but also about other celebrities who decide to use their voice and status to bring light to certain issues that otherwise wouldn’t be heard. People who make these commenta are quite frankly ignorant. For one, Trump isn’t the first president that Em went ham on. Does no one remember his deliberate attack against former president George W. Bush in his song “Mosh”? In my opinion music has always been political. I can think of many artists/musicians who have written songs with a political message. I think of rap groups like N.W.A and Public Enemy and artists like Pink and there are so many others. I just don’t understand people who think that celebrities shouldn’t use their platform that they have to make a difference. I believe any form of art can be political you just have to know how to use your voice.
Everyone is familiar with Eminem’s controversial freestyle rant about Donald Trump at the BET Hip Hop Awards a couple of months ago. His biggest fans were by his side all the way, appreciating his lyrical genius and his nerve to be so controverisal, although long time fans like myself know that Eminem has no problem with controversy and throwing every celebrity under the bus. Then of course there’s the other end of the spectrum filled with people who are more than likely Trump supporters who were outraged and making comments that summed up to this is Eminem’s desperate attempt to make himself relevant again. I’m not here to talk about Eminem’s freestyle about Trump. I want to shine a light on Eminem’s career and his (successful?) comeback. I’ve been an Eminem fan ever since I was a little girl. I’m a HUGE fan. His music was always so raw and real and mind blowing. A lot of his lyrics made you laugh or drop your mouth open because you couldn’t believe he just said that. He’s also probably been one of the most controversial rappers of our time. Gay and women rights groups have come up against Eminem in the past for promoting hate speech and still through it all I and everyone of his fans have supported him and his music because we feel like we know what he’s about. Now it’s 2017 and Eminem has a new album called “Revival” coming out in about a week. If I’m not mistaken this is his first album in a couple of years and I hate to be one of those fans, but judging by the songs that I have heard already I want the old Eminem back. I always said that true fans should support Eminem because even if the Slim Shady persona is dead Eminem has matured so we can’t expect the craziness like when Em first started out. I ask this though, to be a true fan do you have to like every song? I don’t think so. I think as fans we should demand quality from our favorite artists. We don’t have to kiss their butts. If we don’t like the direction an artist is going or the music he or she is putting out then we have the right to our opinion and I have to say that I am not feeling Eminem right now as much as it pains me to say that. I don’t like his new song with Beyoncé even though I fully understand the message of the song. I just can’t get into it and that’s alright. Hopefully, there are some songs on this new album that I can get into.
For most of us music plays a major part of our lives. I know for me music flows through my veins, but music plays an important part of a film’s success. Music can make or break a movie. Don’t believe me? I was looking at a documentary of the making of Halloween (1978). Halloween is an iconic horror movie and one of my all time favorite horror movies. Michael Myers creeps me out. In the documentary the director was saying how he showed the original cut of the movie to someone before the music was added and her final opinion was that it wasn’t scary. Later, once the music was added it became the scariest movie she had ever seen. I found that amazing although I already knew the kind of effect that music can play on a movie. Also, take the two movie trailers forbthe upcoming film Black Panther. People have commented on the music choices alone for both of those trailers. The music makes you hype, ready to see that movie. Music is such a marketing tool. Music is power.
Hi, all! I feel like it’s been so long since I’ve contributed something to my blog. I wanted to write something today. As you know I’m a creative person. I love anything having to do with the arts (obviously….) But anywho I’m one of those people who’s never satisfied with doing one thing and sticking with it. I have so many things that I want to learn and do! I mean the world is so big and you’ll never learn everything that the world has to offer, but I always get excited about the possibilities. Like right now there are so many instruments that I would love to have and learn to play. Right now I want to learn how to play the guitar and the violin. I also want to get back into the tenor sax. I played that for 8th grade jazz band and haven’t played it since but I would love to pick that back up. I already have a clarinet but honestly I would love to get a newer one. The one I have I’ve had it since the 6th grade, so it’s time for an upgrade but not just instruments…I would love to learn photography but quickly realized that photography equipment can be expensive but someday I will get that equipment. I downloaded a bunch of photography books on my Kindle. I think I just get excited about new ways to express myself. Art is such a wonderful way to express myself. I already do that with writing, but I want to broaden my scope and dabble in so much more. Interestingly, though, they actually have a name for people like me. It’s called being a scanner, and it’s an interesting concept. Below I’ve attached an article that explains it in more detail.
Spreading music and love on this Sunday. Remember, music is a universal language 😊
I’ve alwayd truly seen music as a universal language. It may sound cliché but there’s no truer statement. I was listening to some Carlos Santana just know. He’s an amazing Spanish-speaking singer and just a phenomenal guitarist…like out if this world guitarist. Like one of the best guitarist in the industry. I don’t usually go out of ny to listen to some Santan but when I do I never regret it. His music is just amazing and I love music with Spanish influence because I’ve always been fasvinated by the Spanish culture but let’s get back to the statement “music is a universal language.” I think it’s true because even when you love a song but it’s in another language you’re just captured by the music. I just finished listening to Carlos Santana’s song “Corazon Espinado” and I didn’t understans a word, but I LOVED the song because the music was beautiful and made me want to get up and dance. Something about Santana’s music is magical. It just makes me want to close my eyes and soak it all in.
In my last blog post I mentioned how music is supposed to be a platform for important issues, but now I want to go more in depth with that thought. More than just music I believe all art forms can be used to highlight important social and political issues. I instantly think of art such as the well-known advertisement of Rosie the Riveter that was all the rage in World War II. That art was a representation of the women during WWII who had to work in the factories and take other “man” jobs because all of the men were away from home in the military. Rosie the Riveter is frequently used as a symbol of feminism. today Don’t get me wrong. All music doesn’t have to have deep thought, but the music today has become so ridiculous that a lot of today’s artists have forgotten the art of music. Art also doesn’t just have to deal with social and political issues but it can also be a platform for personal issues. We know a lot of artists who go through breakups and create amazing songs out of that heartbreak. I’m looking at you Adele and people can relate to that. I think that an artist that is relatable is important, but not only with music. I could say the same about any art form such as writing, visual art, dance, and so forth. All art has the power to incite change and I think artists have a duty to their audiences to make something worth listening to. The same thing goes for my writing. I try to use my writing as a platform to discuss how I’m feeling. Below I have attached three different types of art with a message…Rosie the Riveter, Alessia Cara’s song and video “Scars to Your Beautiful,” and a link to my poem “Black and Blue,” which is a poem that I wrote about domestic violence. Art takes many forms.