Category Archives: music

Guest Blogger: Emily Andersen

“Baby, Baby, Oh, like Baby, Baby, Baby, NOOO!!”

Recently these lyrics have taken on a whole new meaning. A young woman, Mariah Yeater, has come forward with some shocking news for Bielebers; a claim that her 4-month-old son was fathered by the teenage mega-star.

Now I know that many JB fans didn’t believe Yeater for a second. How could their beloved, cherub-like idol (who is currently madly in love with his fellow teenstar girlfriend Selena Gomez) have a child with a 20-year-old he met backstage at one of his concerts?

This seems like an age old ploy in order for some poor girl to get her 15 minutes of fame and some probably much needed funding. However unbelievable Yeater’s claim is, it’s still a scandal, and scandal’s are news in our society. Magazines and Entertainment News shows can’t get enough of this possible blemish on Bieber’s all too pristine record (minus some “inappropriate” photos of him kissing his girlfriend, not exactly a career-damaging infraction). Star Magazine was the first to snatch up pics of the baby and it’s mother, with an exclusive interview that painted Bieber in a not-so-romantic light.

Reporters took this information and ran, trying to milk as much money out of the incident before Yeater’s 15 minutes were up. Jimmy Fallon did a very accurate and hilarious parody of Bieber’s first hit “Baby” on his late night show, and even Matt Lauer addressed the Baby Mama Drama during JBieb’s appearance on the Today Show.

Recently, Camp Bieber has released a statement that Justin will be taking a paternity test in order to prove that he had no part in the conception of the child. I can’t help but feel like this won’t be the last time Bieber will be sending out a DNA sample in order to squash baby rumors. Although this is the only guaranteed way to prove Yeater’s claim false, Bieber seems to be opening a floodgate for future paternity suits. Hopefully Bieber’s obvious talent and the support of his fans won’t let this drama overshadow, or become reoccurring for the rest of his career.

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FW: Burgess

Today’s freewrite is based on the Burgess reading, “The Boss in Common” from our text (p. 158). I asked everyone to find a piece of music that they can connect with personally, that reminds them of a family member. I had to really think about this. But not for long. by the time I had logged into the blog, I had my song in mind. Brian Eno’s “Baby’s On Fire”

when I was a kid, my oldest brother used to play this song, nonstop. It’s a pretty creepy song–the opening lyrics set you up:

Baby’s on fire
Better throw her in the water
Look at her laughing
Like a heifer to the slaughter

if that isn’t enough to scare the living hell out of any little kid, I don’t know what is. So not only are the lyrics disturbing, but Eno sings them with a high pitch screeching. When my brother would play this song, he would chase me all over our house and try to catch me. When he did, it was head first into the nearest toilet. I knew when I heard those first few opening bars, I better run or I was gonna get it and get it good.

When I moved away at 18 to go to college, my brother sent me my first care package. It was a great box full of fantastic stuff from home: food from the area (I was in art school in the south so anything from the far-away north was welcome) and books to sink my teeth into. He also made me a mix tape.

I remember opening that box after a full day in the studio, home late and exhausted. I popped the tape in and sure enough, the first few bars of “Baby’s On Fire” came whining through my little 80s-era boom box. At 18, away from home and feeling homesick, my first response wasn’t one of nostalgia but a response that made me run like hell. I was certain that my brother was hiding somewhere close and if I didn’t run, I would be taking a swan dive into the closest commode.

you know, just finding the video on the computer here in the lab, the minute I played the first few seconds, I realized that I instantly made a check for the door. I was so certain my brother would come out of nowhere to direct me to the nearest bathroom. The last thing I want in the middle of the workday is a swirly.

Do yourself a favor….

Take nine minutes out of your day and watch this video. Then think about it. And react

Guest Blogger: Guanqun Li

Just as Fair Trading Minister Virginia Judge stated: “Let’s be clear– live means live. If you are spending up to $200 [on concert tickets], I think you deserve better than a film clip.” Lip synchronization is often considered to be dishonest. BUT, let’s see this!!!

I have to commit that I love her at 1:24, but definitely not at 1:35; it just sounds damn horrible. I do not care about the external factors, such as allergies or drug addition, which may lead to this awful and husky voice because I am not a reporter for the tabloid. I just represent a group of people who have to spend quite a lot hoping to enjoy a live concert. Unfortunately, what Whitney Houston did was against their wills and made more than half of them walk out of the concert before it ended. Is Whitney Houston a successful entertainer?

Probably, yes, for her prominence in the past. But, definitely, NOT clever, especially when you compare her to Michael Jackson, who did lip sync when presenting Billie Jean on the television special Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever in 1983

By doing the lip sync, he could emphasize more on his dance and create a better on-stage performance. Look at 3:37, his first moonwalk would not be that marvelous if he was singing authentically! After that performance, he accumulated more reputation and became more eminent and influential. He became a pop icon! Thinking about his on-stage figure, lip sync is likely to be a little drop of water in the deep ocean. The main part of the ocean consists of “ The King of Pop”, “ the most successful entertainer of all time”, “the best selling album– Thriller”, and etc.

An author from ethicsscoreboard.com argue that lip-syncing in live concerts will “…destroy our ability to enjoy great live performances the way we once could.” WHAT A JOKE! Probably this author is a HUGE fan of Whitney Houston.

Guest Blogger: Abby White

My sister shared with me, the other day, the new Kia Soul commercial. This time the hamsters are dancing to “Party Rock Anthem” by LMFAO. Personally these commercials crack me up. The hamsters are adorable, and the idea is very creative.

The hamsters first appearance in the Kia Soul commercials came about in 2009 were they compared the old age of cars, which are represented by hamster wheels, to the new age, the Kia Soul. This original commercial shows the Kia Soul as vibrant, different, cool, and new. The 3 “hip-hop” hamsters in the Soul are different from the other hamsters. They don’t have the same old wheel, or hamster house, plus they know how to “keep it real.” All the others hamsters are stuck in place, they are not moving forward in the times. Which leads us to believe that the Kia Soul is a step forward for car engineering.

The 2010 commercial finally gave these hamsters clothes though. They are officially the “hip-hop” hamsters. Part 2 of the Kia Soul trilogy is another step up for the Kia Soul.

Whoever created this hamster idea should be making millions, because I am sure they have sold a ton of Soul’s with this commercial. I mean watch the commercial; this is entertaining. The hamsters are “gangster”, and they are the only happy hamsters in the commercial. You see a clinically depressed hamster in a washer, two suicidal hamsters in a toaster, and who knows what is going on with the hamsters in the cardboard box. If that isn’t enough the background music is telling you to “get with this”, the Kia Soul. Plus if you don’t “get with this” I am sure those hamsters would kick your ass. Finally the newest commercial, which is my personal favorite, was just released August 28.

These hamsters are so smart, they have moved out of the hoods and into Hollywood. And now they are saving the world?! As one blogger said they are “bring Soul to a soulless world.” Not to mention, these hamsters are better dancers then most people I know, including myself. These hamsters are taking over the world. The songs exact lines toward the middle of the commercial are “everybody just have a good time, and we gone make you loose your mind.” They are showing how kick ass this car really is. I mean so far the car has hamster’s driving it, it has been showing as the “new generation”, and it is ending wars. These car dealers really know how to advertise a product, subliminal messaging at its best. Not only do they tell the consumer that they want this car because all the hamsters think it’s the best, but they actually show off the product. You can see its sound system, the push to start, the navigation, butterfly lights. This Soul is “the new way to roll”!

Guest Blogger: Sheridan French

Friday

by Rebecca Black

Music nowadays is a much different thing that it was twenty years ago. It’s becoming more repetitive and auto tuned to the point where anyone can do it with the help of a computer. There is a new song out that shows what exactly what music has come to. Friday by Rebecca Black has been one of the most controversial songs over the past few weeks. The song is about a teenage girl who is happy it is Friday. It has taken criticism from numerous critics and has been discussed on shows like Good Morning America and Tosh.0.

Rebecca Black is a 13 year old American teenager who is the main singer of the song Friday. She lives in Anaheim, California, and had no prior singing career until this song went viral. She is now probably known by a large percentage of teenagers who have access to the internet, even if she doesn’t want to be. She may also be referred to as the “worst singer ever,” “worse than Justin Bieber,” “or the reason my ears hurt.”

This song started out on youtube.com and has become so popular, for all the wrong reasons, it is now sold on iTunes and has sold tens of millions of downloads. The song has become so well known that it has over 61 million views on youtube.com and has the video was only uploaded a month and a half ago. It’s been criticized because of the lyrics, music video, Rebecca Black’s age and voice, and other numerous reasons.

The lyrics to this song are for the most part quite superficial. For a fair share of the song, the lyrics don’t make any sense, and when the lyrics do make sense, they are obvious, repetitive, or just downright boring. The song primarily runs through the order of the days in a week, a student’s routine on a Friday morning, and where to sit in a car full of her friends. She seems to put together phrases about things and didn’t alter them to be grammatically correct. For example,

R-B, Rebecca Black/So chillin’ in the front seat (In the front seat)/In the back seat (In the back seat)/I’m drivin’, cruisin’ (Yeah, yeah)/Fast lanes, switchin’ lanes/Wit’ a car up on my side (Woo!)/(C’mon) Passin’ by is a school bus in front of me/Makes tick tock, tick tock, wanna scream/Check my time, it’s Friday, it’s a weekend/We gonna have fun, c’mon, c’mon, y’all.

The music video to this song also contributes to a lot of criticism. It starts out with her getting out of bed and ready for school. Then, while waiting at the bus stop, she sees her friends who are all driving in a car. Problem here is that, if she is thirteen, her friends from school most likely don’t have their licenses and don’t know how to drive. The video also doesn’t help fix this problem because her friends don’t look old enough to drive either. Then, it shows her going to a party that looks like a party that would be stereotypically hosted by high school students, which if she is thirteen, may be hard to believe and portray the message that she is trying to be older than she thinks she is. The next part that is confusing is when a rapper who looks very similar to usher is shown driving in a car and does a rap that doesn’t make sense grammatically. (Quoted above) Lastly, she ends by singing for a crowd of people who have appeared out of now where. Overall leave the viewer of the video wondering about what has happened, because she was talking about going to school and then ends up singing for a crowd.

The tune of this song is catchy, but extremely repetitive. Also, Rebecca Black’s voice is quite monotone making the song more repetitive by not having a change in notes and sound. There are not many identifiable instruments playing in the background to the song, so it seems it was all done on the computer. One of my biggest problems with this song is that there is no rhyme scheme to the song, though she has several occasions to rhyme and doesn’t. It shows inexperience and makes it easy to criticize.

Rebecca Black is not the worst singer in the world, I believe. I personally think that the reason she is getting so much criticism is because she had no credibility, so no one knew who she was or if she could actually sing. And, the fact that the song is auto tuned to monotone makes the listener think that she is trying to hide something The song would still be questionable of someone famous were to sing it, so the fact that Rebecca Black, a young vulnerable 13 year old girl tried to come out of nowhere and sing it is why she is getting so much criticism.

The comments about this song have gotten completely out of hand. It has gotten to the point where there are hundreds of comments a minute and over 90% of them are not nice to say the least. There have been threats, complaints, and utter disturbing harassment left for everyone to see under the comments thread on the video on youtube.com. Rebecca Black and her family were interviewed on Good Morning America about how they felt about these comments. Reactions ranged from Rebecca’s tears, annoyance and her mother admitting she wanted to kill people at times. Today there are almost a million comments on her youtube.com page and they are getting much worse, but at the time she was interviewed she said the most disturbing was “I hope you cut yourself. I hope you get an eating disorder so you can be pretty. And I hope you go cut and die.”

This video shows people that you can’t just post anything on the internet and not pay the consequences. The intention of this song and video was to make Rebecca Black famous, which it has, unfortunately for her. I think it will be a valuable lesson for youtube.com users, be careful what you put on the internet.

Guest Blogger: Rich Jarrett

Spring Concert

What the hell is going on with the spring concert here at the colleges? There has been a great deal of confusion over this and everyone that I have talked to have been just as confused as me. Right now I believe that Real Big Fish is going to play.

Now, I can barely respect that decision at the least, but I think that the colleges definitely get a failing grade for this assignment. First, we received an email maybe three months ago stating that we were either going to host Chiddy Bang, which to say is a lot better than Reel Big Fish, or, we were going to bring in the popular Wiz Khalifa, which would have been sick.

Either of these choices are so much better than RBF, since I have actually listened to both of these artists in the last decade. But in my honest opinion, HWS sucks at scheduling concerts. Shawyze, our fall concert, was just ok.

But they should still be able to do a lot better than that. Since the email, we have heard no word of what is actually going on, making the HWS colleges way less appealing to me. This is a problem that needs to get fixed, and the Colleges need to actually start thinking about what is appealing to their students, cause that is how you keep them happy.

The SPARK Summit

From the SPARK Summit on the sexualization of women and girls in the media and its effects on young women:

Guest Blogger: Brooke Nasypany

Toot it and Boot it!

Rap lyrics are pretty notorious for degrading women and being explicit. When I stumbled up the song “Toot it and Boot It” by YG I thought it was pretty funny.

When I listened to the lyrics it wasn’t as funny as I realized what toot it and boot it meant—fucking a girl and kicking her out. The some of the lyrics include

I asked her name and then I said I wanna fuck / and I’m YG and you know I fucked /
and she fucked back like a little slut / and she fell in love ya /
and she felt stupid cuz you know / I toot it and boot it

I don’t know why this particular song bothers me because most of the songs I listen to are similar to this. But I guess this is part of our culture now, with songs like this and TV shows like Jersey Shore provide examples of “Toot it and Boot It”. Every episode Mike and Pauly bring home “DTF” girls and kick them out soon after smushing. It’s interesting because I laugh at these episodes and listen to all these songs but when I think about the concept of it, it is pretty nasty. Are these types of things acceptable? Are these behaviors acceptable?

Guest Blogger: Brook Nasypany

Is Rihanna Glorifying, Romanticizing, or Doing Good?

Recently Rihanna has been blowing up headlines concerning the issue domestic violence. In early 2009 the pop star became a media craze when Chris Brown had beaten her badly. After this incident Rihanna ended up returning to her abusive partner. Realizing this was wrong and scared of the example she was setting on the youth she went public with her story.

Rihanna has been since criticized by many for several different reasons. She has been criticized for responding to her abuse by releasing a “darker” album, becoming more sexual, and having a violent edge towards her. Many have criticized her by saying she is teaching women to become violent after a domestic violence experience. She also has been criticized for her part in Eminem’s “Love the Way You Lie” song and video.

The video is criticized for glorifying and romanticizing an abusive relationship. The song/video obviously being about an abusive relationship involves two singers who have been involved in abusive relationships. The video also involves to attractive movie/TV stars that have many steamy scenes which could romanticize the relationship to some. Many are saying the song is giving evidence that true love hurts and also that it portrays woman in the relationship is asking for abuse through her own behavior. The second perspective is that it is a story of which both partners are both to blame. In this approach Eminem isn’t glorifying abusive relationships; he’s portraying the agony of a love-hate relationship neither partner can fix.

Even though there are many critics of Rihanna and her response to her own abuse experience and to the song and video, I believe she is doing a good job raising awareness, but can also understand her critics.