Friday, May 2, 2014

Post 16: Musical Genres

There are hundreds of genres of music in the world today, from techno to jazz. The different types of music attract different listeners all over the world. Music is one of the most common bonds that people share, it connects cultures and ethnic groups. In this 20-time project, another key point I am going to address is the way music brings people together by expressing their creativity. People have similarities when it comes to sharing their feelings and emotions, and music allows them express it using their creativity. Because there are so many genres, all music lovers can find a place or places where they can connect with the artist. The energy flow when people are connecting to the music is an amazing experience, especially if you are one of those people. The atmosphere at concerts, or benefits when people are linking with the artist is almost indescribable, and because of the energy people have sparks of creativity. 

Depending on the person and the genre of music, the vibes given off of the music can effect the listener differently. Techno and jazz are almost polar opposites when it comes to the listeners and the artists but they are similar in some ways. Techno artists often use jazz instruments in their recordings. Although, they are completely different types of music, they are still linked on a creative standpoint. 

Friday, March 21, 2014

Post 15: What I've Learned

Through out this 20-time project, I have been introduced to new artists and listened to different genres of music, which indirectly built up my confidence in creativity. To me creativity is more important than math or science because how I live my life and what I do is impacted by my imagination more than my knowledge of the Pythagorean theorem. Some fellow students 20-time projects are focusing on how schools should be more involved in students creativity because of how much in can effect our lives. What I want to be 100% sure of when I leave this class is that I gave myself an opportunity to better myself in areas that I was lacking, and as of right now I feel more confident in my imagination than I did at the beginning of the year. 

The music that I have focused on is just a small part of the bigger picture that I will talk about in my presentation. Through music is creativity, which can show personal experiences or emotion, and this amazes me because it can also be shown through other forms of imagination. Creativity is a window for an artist to tell a story about themselves or others, and to me that is insanely cool. This project has been a huge learning experience for me, and I am excited to present my TED Talk. 

Monday, March 10, 2014

Post 14: Creativity

Creativity is the use of imagination or original ideas. Musical artist express their creativity through their music, but they also show it through their album covers. For every artist I have written about, I have posted the album next to it, but for this blog post I am going focus mainly on the album covers.
The Beatles: Misery

Bon Jovi: Slippery When Wet

Keane: Perfect Symmetry

Yeezus: Kanye West

Converge: All We Love We Leave Behind

These are only few of the many different and unique album covers out there. Just Googling "cool album covers" brings up thousands of artists to browse from. Choosing an album cover or even coming up with an idea for one seems like it would be hard, but artist influence their album cover off of what the album is like. If it is a slow moving album, then it probably won't have bright colors and glitter everywhere. Albums like Ke$ha's will most likely have flashy details. I enjoy looking at the album cover because it is exactly like the cover of a book, you can get an idea of what the album will be like, but you still have to listen to it to fully understand why the artist chose that cover. The cover of an album shows the creativity level of the artist because it is considered art.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Post 12: Bob Marley

Bob Marley is an example of a free soul. To many people he is an inspiration because of his ability to relax and enjoy life. He portrait himself in his music, without actually talking about himself. His music is a type of reggae that has an effect on anyone who listens, you just want to forget about all of your problems and enjoy life. The most popular album he produced before his sudden death, was Exodus.

Exodus1. Natural Mystic
2. So Much Things To Say
3. Guiltiness
4. The Heathen
5. Exodus
6. Jamming
7. Waiting In Vain
8. Turn Your Lights Down Low
9. Three Little Birds
10. One Love/ People Get Ready
11. Punky Reggae Party

To me Bob Marley represents happiness and freedom. His whole image was to do everything you can do be happy because why would anyone want to be sad. The music he created was all about his image and had everything to do with joy and a good time but also the release of negative energy. I'm a fan of his work and everything he stood for. This album in particular includes my favorite song by him, Three Little Birds.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Post 13: Abigail's Song

My 20-Time Project has been a series of individual critics on different artists, but the reason that I have been writing about them is to show the level of creativity that comes out of music. For the overall project I have been trying to give examples of people who found their talent and use it on extraordinary levels. I realize that most of my blogs have been about artists that have been famous for a while and have been known to the public, but another one of Mr. Provenzano students, Abigail, has been creating her own album and I am going to write a blog post about her and what her music is about. 

She has been creating an album for charity as her 20 Time project and shared one of her songs with me. This song is called Behind that Screen, which is about people who cyber bully others to gain more self respect. 

Behind that Screen
Calling me ugly won't make you any prettier
Calling me fat won't make you any thinner 
So keep on being cruel, then tell me how that goes 
But I've learned that being mean behind a screen won't get you very far

And I didn't do nothing wrong to you 
Stop calling me names
This ain't no game 
If you got a problem with me you might as well tell me 
Face to face, not screen to screen 
So just keep hiding behind that screen

Calling me fake won't make you any realer
Calling me a sleaze won't make you a saint
Calling me dumb won't make you s-m-a-r-t, I will spell it if you please
And I've learned that being mean behind a screen won't get you very far

Repeat chorus 

Although she didn't share a link to her singing this song, she sent a link of her singing Say Something by A Great Big World.

Abigail is a talented young artist who is pursuing a goal of making an album, not just for her own satisfaction but to explore where her creativity can take her and her music. Her music isn't about partying or outragious sinarious, it is about day to day events that can occur in anyone's life. Behind that Screen is about being being bullied, and whether society likes to admit it or not that happens to everyone. Abigail has taken a topic and turned it into art and a creative, relatable piece.This is a perfect example of what I want my 20 Time project to be about, people going further into the creative abilities than they ever could imagine. 

I have enjoyed the experience of 20 Time because I had the opportunity to listen to many different artists, some that I ended up blogging about and others as well. I'm glad I got to read about other experiences too because everyone in my 2nd hour class is doing extraordinary things for others and themselves and I admire that. So far I haven't disliked anything, but I have a feeling that preparing this 8 minute presentation won't be that easy. If I could go back to the beginning of the year I would have picked a topic a little more out of the ordinary. I love music and the way an artist can express their emotions through song, but I would want to learn how to do something new like play the piano or cook different recipes. 

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Post 11: Zac Brown Band

Zac Brown Band consists of seven men: Zac Brown, Clay Cook, Coy Bowles, Jimmy De Martini, John Driskell Hopkins, Chris Fryar, and Daniel de los Reyes. This group has made many top songs throughout their years in the music industry such as, Chicken Fried, Toes, and Sweet Annie. At the 2012 Grammy Awards they won best country album for Uncaged. Their last album released was Uncaged, with 11 songs, including the hit Sweet Annie.

1. Jump Right In
2. Uncaged
3. Goodbye In Her Eyes
4. The Wind
5. Island Song
6. Sweet Annie
7. Natural Disaster
8. Overnight (feat. Trombone Shorty)
9. Lance's Song
10. The Day I Die (feat. Amos Lee)
11. Last But Not Least

Zac Brown Band for me is a summer night next to a campfire with friends and family. They give off an uncontrollable vibe to just relax and enjoy life. Whenever I listen to their music I just want to have no worries and be happy with who I am. The southern stories told throughout their songs are so descriptive that I feel like I am there "with my ass in the water and toes in the sand." Toes, Sweet Annie, and Whatever It Is are my favorite songs by them. I will never get over their music and I cant wait until summer so I can pretend to be as calm and collected as they are in their songs. 

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Post 10: Beyoncé

Beyoncé is known as Queen B to her fans, and she lives up to her name. Recently she released a secret album that no one knew was even being made. Not only was she keeping a major secret from her fans, she is raising a new born baby and being a wife. This album is BEYONCÉ by Beyoncé and today is the first day you can buy specific songs from the album without purchasing the whole album. The album contains 14 songs that show a different style than Beyoncé's usual approach. A review from ITunes was, "Only Beyoncé could do something like this and still succeed."

BEYONCÉ by Beyoncé 
1. Pretty Hurts
2. Haunted
3. Drunk in Love (feat. Jay Z)
4. Blow
5. No Angel
6. Partition 
7. Jealous
8. Rocket
9. Mine (feat. Drake)
10. XO
11. ***Flawless (feat. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)
12. Superpower (feat. Frank Ocean)
13. Heaven
14. Blue (feat. Blue Ivy) 

Beyoncé was the first concert I ever went to, and she is an inspiration to my love of music. I remember being in 7th grade going to her "Sasha Fierce Tour" with my best friend, and we have been obsessed ever since. She continues to amaze her fans with new music and the amount of strength she has. Not only is she gorgeous but she is described as the perfect woman. With this new album out Queen B is going to be on top.