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à la Barack Obama

To cope with the anxiety, frustration, and loneliness that visited us all in 2020, I’ve been reminded to practice gratitude — big or small. So when I feel my chest start to tighten thinking about what comes next, or what’s been missed, I try to take a deep breath and remind myself of the good that came this year. Yes, there was good this year, albeit seemingly not as much or in much smaller ways, but there is always good. …


At the time of writing this, it is one day before the release of the 1975’s fourth album, Notes on a Conditional Form. So far, eight singles have been released ahead of the full album, which is already out in its entirety in Australia, but I am avoiding reading anything that will influence my opinion before I hear the full thing myself. Before I possibly change my opinion, I want to document my feelings on the singles I’ve heard so far.

Full disclosure, I love the 1975. They have been a huge part of my life, especially my high school…


Something happened on the day he died over three years ago. He sparked something in me that changed me forever and for the better.

Me at the Bowie Mural in Brixton, London.

It took for David Bowie to die for me to really discover who he was and the impact he made on the world with his art, and the impact he would eventually have on me. …


She’s angry, she’s tired, she’s over it, and — damn it, aren’t we all?

Image: Halsey gives “Nightmare” live debut at free pop-up show

Last Friday at midnight, Halsey released the music video for her new song called “Nightmare”. The song, which has become an anthem for the anger, hurt, and frustration so many women are feeling in these past weeks, touches on many issues — particularly those concerning the expectations placed both on her personally and on women as a whole. The video also deals visually with representing many of the expectations women have faced through historical and cultural shifts. …


Why His Voice Remains Strong Years After His Death

Photo Credits: Merri Cyr (Jeff Buckley | Merri Cyr)

Later this month, on May 29, will mark 22 years since singer Jeff Buckley died of an accidental drowning when he was only 30 years old. Following his death, his only completed studio album Grace became an instant classic, but as time marches on, I fear his name is fading from the modern musical lexicon. Like the mythical Orpheus, Buckley was a musician, a poet, and a prophet who used music to reach into people’s souls and make them feel, more so than any of his contemporaries. …


Detroit, New York, or UK? Who is the rightful progenitor of this iconic genre of music, fashion, and culture?

Photo: http://www.hardrock.com/rpm/wp-content/uploads/god-save-the-queen-1.jpg

With the 40th anniversaries of legendary debut albums from The Clash, the Ramones, and the Sex Pistols within the last few years, there has been renewed interest in the punk rock culture of the 1970s. Along with the renewed interest, the ongoing debate within the punk community and punk fans alike of who is the rightful owner of the punk aesthetic has been revived. Some fans will say New York, citing the Lower East Side as the birthplace of the sound…


I don’t believe in guilty pleasures, so I wouldn’t say John Mayer is one for me. But he hasn’t always made it easy to be a fan of his. Many have completely written him off, and I can’t say I blame them. But if you’ve ever thought about giving him a second chance, now is a great time. His new album, The Search for Everything, is what I personally believe to be his best and as he’s nearing 40, Mayer is finally growing into that mature artist that I can be proud to say I’m a fan of.

Of course…


When did we lose our ability to communicate? Or rather a better question, did we ever have it? As people, we find it hard to communicate with one another. Even the Founding Fathers struggled. The Founding Fathers especially struggled. Are we improving upon what they did? Or are we actually reverting? We hold them up as some of the greatest minds our fair country has ever seen, but shouldn’t they be the most ignorant? After all these years of improved ideologies and technologies, shouldn’t we be smarter by now? Smart enough to know that communication is the key to reform…


It’s only April and already this year we have lost 2 musical giants who worked so hard to show us that being ourselves is all that we need. Both Bowie and Prince were household names to me growing up and I did have a few songs from both of them on my phone, but sadly it wasn’t until after their deaths that I realized the impact that they both had on art, culture, and society. I have a nostalgic heart so these deaths came as a shock to me, but didn’t hold much effect until I read the tributes and…


I could come on here and talk about my feelings concerning the Brock Turner case or about the murdering of an innocent musician at her own concert or about the mass slaughtering of 50 innocent people all because they dared to be who they are but honestly, I’m tired. No, I’m exhausted. I’m exhausted from being angry at people who are entirely unwilling to change. I’m exhausted from having to explain how Islam is not the problem, but those who take it too far are. I’m tired of understanding that 4 felonies should mean much more than 6 months in…

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