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Thou Shall Not Let Technology (hint hint) The iPod Corrupt Your Interpersonal Skills – 6th Blog

Filed under: Uncategorized — 4everyoung at 12:52 am on Sunday, December 12, 2010

Time and time again I brag about being an 80’s baby and boast about how proud I am of it; I guess maybe because the 80’s was a good time to grow up as a youngster. I remember as a child, going to my dad’s office in Queens, New York and gazing at men with enormous goal chains around their neck holding a boom-box (a radio that played music usually with double-D batteries) playing music very loud. I remember songs like “It takes two to make a thing go right” by Rob Base and “Push-It” by Salt & Pepper. I can recall pulling my hand away from my mom and dancing on the street like a mad woman, with my mom giving me scolding eyes when people would walk by with their silver boom-box. I would immediately stop dancing but it would only result in me singing the song just as loud as the music coming out of the boom-box. In those day’s it wasn’t uncommon to have people blast their music on the street. It’s ironic, because back then it was deemed a nuisance when today I think it’s more annoying that people are so selfish with their music; I STILL LIKE TO DANCE PEOPLE! These days, the only music you can attempt to hear is the music piercing out of someone else’s headphones if they’re playing their music loud. Not only are people not sharing music with their neighbors, new technologies like iPod’s, cell phones, and texting, are enabling people to communicate with each other.

<After reading Michael Bull’s article about the “iPod culture”, it really put a whole new spin on things for me regarding how people communicate. I agreed with almost everything he said. I thought it was just me. I’m glad I’m not the only person who things it’s rude for people to have a conversation with another individual while still having their earphones in their ear. The iPod phenomenon creates people to become introvert, less personable and let’s face it almost invisible to the world. The iPod being a technological device intended for one person, immediately allows people to isolate themselves from the world around them. When people were playing their boom-boxes walking down the street, at least they were sharing music with the world instead of living in a bubble.

I have an iPod and I can tell you, the only time I’m using it is when I’m in the gym. I enjoy speaking to people. I enjoy hearing Mother Nature. I welcome strangers that come up to me and ask me for the time or directions. Weirdly enough, I like the “music” of New York City. If it were up to me, I would ban iPod listening in public. People need to enjoy sharing with others and get back to face –to-face communication without technological interference. As much as I love talking on the phone, it could never ever replace how special having a one on one conversation with someone next to you. Say it with me, “Thou shall not let technology (hint hint) the iPod corrupt your interpersonal skills”.

From Rages to Riches and from grams to Grammy’s – Change is possible! Don’t believe me? Ask Jay-Z – Blog #5

Filed under: Uncategorized — 4everyoung at 2:03 am on Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Once upon a time if you asked me whether or not people could change, five years ago I would have told you “absolutely not!” Without hesitation, I would have argued the point that people don’t change; it’s their situation that changes and whatever and however they really are is who they really were. For example, if a man was a drug dealer and mysteriously landed on billions, purchased a million dollar house, and stopped selling drugs, in my eyes he was still a drug dealer. My philosophy was people are who they are because of their situation. If a person’s situation changed temporally for the good, then they were good for that moment. But, if a person’s situation changed temporally from good to bad, then they were bad for that moment. I believed that people only made wrong decisions because of the situations they were in.

However, when I was making my point, I only had a one-sided point-of-view; I only addressed the negative side. But, I guess after becoming more mature and living life making my own mistakes, I’ve found that people can redeem themselves and change for the better and stay that way. People can take lemons and make lemonade. People can come from poverty and still become professionals. More importantly, rappers like Jay-Z can take a hustler mentality, use it for legitimate legal business ventures, and change becoming a better person and never converting back to bad habits.

I now have a more positive perspective to my once one-sided philosophy. If today someone’s situation is filled with positive recourse, it goes without question that they are more likely to stay out of trouble and do the right thing. Furthermore, it also shows that if someone’s situation is filled with better and brighter options, they can change in becoming a better person. When I was reading Cynthia Fuchs article “I’m From Rags To Riches”: Death Of Jay-Z, it really justified my belief. She writes about where Jay-Z came from and where Jay-Z is today – I couldn’t agree with her more. I’m also positive that the present Jay-Z wouldn’t rhyme about expensive clothes, drinks, and cars if he were still a drug dealer living in Marcy Projects. The “Present” Jay-Z no longer has to rap about waiting on corners to sell drugs because his “situation” has changed. Since Jay-Z has a better “situation” it’s only logical that his decisions would be smatter and his image would be cleaner and more respectable. With Jay-Z having better and brighter opportunities, it’s no wonder why Jay-Z was able to turn “grams to Grammy’s”, as he once said. GO HOVA!

Technology has really put the invention of cassettes to BED! Thank Goodness! – November 8, 2010 Readings

Filed under: Uncategorized — 4everyoung at 3:07 am on Monday, November 29, 2010

I’m an 80’s baby and very proud of it! Being an 80’s baby, and growing up in a home where all different types of music were constantly being played, I can also recall vividly the technology used to play the music. When I was growing up, I remember my parents having an A-track player. Although it was rarely used, I always thought it was an interesting piece of equipment. When I no longer saw my parents playing Bob Marley or Whitney Houston on an A-track, I remember being intrigued by the needle on the turn table that played music records. I guess I was just amazed by the fact that I could never comprehend how a needle could play songs like “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” or “Dancing on the Sealing”. Nonetheless, when my parents would play these songs, I would dance, sing, and do all these crazy moves just to hear the record jump; now, that was the most annoying part of the record player. I clearly remember getting upset when the needle would jump and having to pick up the needle to place it back on the record. This required skills, because it was always very difficult to find the exact place where the needle was. I guess you can say, as a 6 year old, I never had skills because I could never find my place and would always have to start the song all the way from the beginning. What was also equally annoying about the record player was when the record would skip. God forbid you scratched your record and tried to play your favorite song – the song would get stuck and just continue to repeat itself until you walked over to the needle, picked it up, and moved it over from the part of the record that was scratched. Just like the A-track, the record player I don’t miss at all.

As the 80’s were coming to an end and still having a deep passion for music, I remember seeing a cassette tape and cassette player for the very first time. Immediately, I loved it because this time I could dance, jump, hope, and skip without any consequence. Unlike the record player, a cassette tape couldn’t skip and for that reason, I LOVED THE CASSETTE PLAYER. However, my love for cassette tapes would quickly come to an end and become equally annoying as a record player. What I despised most about cassette tapes was the “search”. For example, if you loved song number 3 and song number 5, you would have to rewind and fast forward to get to your song. Sometimes, this would take almost 15 minutes; either you would pass the song or not get close enough to the song. A-NNOY-ING!

Today when I think about all the silly things I had to do just to listen to my favorite songs, I realize how fortunate people today are. Children no longer have to “search” for their songs or be careful when dancing to their favorite songs. Technology has become so sophisticated, that one can just press a number or speak the song they want to hear and their song will play. What’s more amazing about today’s music and its technology, is the fact that music is now digital. Music being digital has endless possibilities and it’s much more durable. I can remember rewinding my favorite song so much that my cassette tape popped. I can also recollect the days when I had to purchase an entire new CD because it was scratched and could no longer play. These days, with music going digital, as long as your device is working, your music is there for eternity. Thank goodness technology has really put the invention of cassettes and everything before it to BED!

Being Independent is truly the “IN” thing.” – The Coming-Age of Independent Recording Labels

Filed under: Uncategorized — 4everyoung at 11:13 pm on Friday, October 29, 2010

It’s amazing how history tends to repeat itself. Today, we are witnessing many talented artists establishing their own independent label, to then be picked up by a major label; some examples are Def Jam and Roca-a-fella records. I say this, because in the early 1940’s, according to Milard, many independent labels began to emerge. Just to name a few, Appollo Records was formed in 1943, King Records was formed in 1944, and Chess Records was formed in 1947. Although middle-class whites were usually the ones establishing many of these independent labels, Trumpet Records, Red Robin Records, and Duke Peacock Records were created by “black entrepreneurs”. What’s more fascinating about the coming-age of independent recording labels, is the interesting fact that Atlantic Records, founded in 1947 by Herb Abrahamson and Ahmet Ertegun is still around today! Good job for Atlantic Records right?

Thank goodness for independent recording labels. Millard clearly states that independent recording labels took “the lead” when it came to “race music” (today race music is better known as Rhythm and Blues). Can you image if independent recording companies never came to exist? We probably wouldn’t have had The Temptations, no Aretha Franklin, definitely no Patti Labelle, certainly no Tina Turner, and probably no Jackson 5. Who agrees with me that sometimes dancing to the beat of your own drum is a good thing? I don’t know about you, but I love me some Tina!

I believed being independent is the smartest thing one can do. What’s so unique and impressive about music labels that decided to become independent were the risk that they took. When Rock-n-roll music came onto the scene many major labels found this style of music not to be so “mainstream”. Once again, independent labels went against the majority, took a different style of music and made it one of today’s most popular music. Its 2010 and Rock-n-roll music is in a class of its own; its definitely mainstream music today if you ask me. One more time for independent record labels!

Just as the title of my blog states, “Being “Independent is truly the “IN” thing.” Sometimes, going against the norm is normal. Sometimes, opening up to change is a GREAT thing. And, sometimes not being dependent on others is the BEST thing on can do. Are you “IN” for being INDEPENDENT?

Outline on Final Paper: Soca & Calypso Music

Filed under: Uncategorized — 4everyoung at 8:57 am on Monday, October 18, 2010

The Roots of Soca & Calypso Music
I. Introducation
a. Where Soca and Calypso music originate from
b. The first time Soca and Calypso music was heard
c. What is Soca and Calypso music
II. Body
a. Soca and Calypso Artist
1. Who was the first Soca and/or Calypso artist
b. Where Soca and Calypso music are mostly played
c. The pattern of music that makes Soca and Calypso different and similar
d. The message Soca and Calypso music usually have
III. Conclusion
a. The elements of Soca and Calypso music that makes this form of music unique
b. The fan base (how many people listen to Soca and Calypso)
c. How Soca and Calypso music has been able survive


Filed under: Uncategorized — 4everyoung at 1:47 am on Monday, October 11, 2010

A True Champ I remember it like it was yesterday, when I told my dad at the tender age of 5 that “I want to be rich and
famous and have everyone know who my name is.” I clearly recall my dad saying, “Rich yes…but why
famous Adrie?” At that age, all I wanted to do was sing and have everybody enjoy my music and be loved and admired by millions for my vocal talent. For some strange reason, as a child I associated being “famous” an occupation that was incredibly awesome, because if I were “famous” I would own everything since all famous people can afford everything. I told my dad, while sitting in the back seat of his fine Jaguar, while driving over I believe the Whitestone Bridge, that if I were famous, I would own all the boats, all the cars, all the buses, and have the finest clothes and jewelry. He smiled and said that I was “already rich and famous” and just told me to work hard and get an education. Now a little older and thank God a lot wiser, ever so often I reflect on what my dad told me as a kid and to this very day I still haven’t given up on my dream of wanting to become rich and famous. I still want to be rich and famous but now for a completely bigger and better reason. If I were to become a famous singer, I would utilize my fame similar to the way heavyweight boxer Jack Johnson used his fame; take a stand and make a difference.

When I read Ted Vincent’s article, THE COMMUNITY THAT GAVE JAZZ TO CHICAGO I have to admit it got me thinking of wanting to be rich and famous all over again. More importantly, it also got me thinking of how responsible one must be when they have the rare opportunity of being famous. Vincent explained that indeed Jack Johnson gained his notoriety for being a boxer, but he really showed his readers the impact and the zero tolerance Johnson had when it came to racism. Vincent explains in THE COMMUNITY THAT GAVE JAZZ TO CHICAGO article, that Johnson opened Café de Champion in Chicago, a night club that welcomed black, tan, and white patrons. I found that to be very admirable of Johnson especially since Vincent tells his readers, that Chicago had several night clubs that strongly supported the ridiculous idea of segregation by standing firm in not allowing blacks to enter clubs where white people attended. I sincerely appreciate Ted Vincent shedding light on Johnson’s character. Not knowing a thing about Jack Johnson, after reading Vincent’s article, I have nothing but the upmost respect for the Champion Boxer, and a new found respect on people who use their fame for the better good of things in life.

Am I the only one who took away from Ted Vincent’s article how powerful someone can be when they are famous? Am I the only one who took away from Ted Vincent’s article that Jack Johnson didn’t have to take a stand against racism? I hope not. Being famous has several perks. Yes, being famous can buy you all the cars, clothes, and houses one may desire. However, using your fame to speak up for the voiceless and to take a stand against inequality like Johnson did is completely brave and honorable. I admire famous people who use their celebrity status to bring about positive change. It’s people like Jack Johnson, Louis Armstrong and Ray Charles, that we must never forget but always remember, for these individuals truly played a crucial role against the fight to abolish racism.

If today I got the chance to be rich and famous I can assure you I wouldn’t convert back to my childish ways. Well, at least not entirely. I probably would purchase a big home, buy nice clothes, and collect exquisite jewelry. However, as far as owning all the buses, boats, and cars? The cost of gas is too much so I’ll pass. In all seriousness, I would use my fame to help underprivileged girls who come from broken families and/or single family households. Too often we read about young women, especially girls in low-income areas, dropping out of high-school and then observing the alarming increase in teenage pregnancies. I strongly feel being famous is a wonderful opportunity to help people less fortunate than yourself. It calls for you to be brave, bold, strong, and to be an EXAMPLE for what’s right even when being right may look wrong when the majority is not on your side. If I were rich and famous I too would make a difference like Jack Johnson did.
A True Champ

Description and Analysis of a Musical Text

Filed under: Uncategorized — 4everyoung at 11:57 pm on Sunday, October 3, 2010

They say music is a “universal language”.  So much so, that a person doesn’t even have to be fluent in the language that the song is being sung in, but still he or she can enjoy its lyrical and melodious content.  It sounds uncanny but it’s the truth.  Perhaps this is all possible since music has the magical ability to make people happy, make people cry, and even make people feel relaxed.  Essentially, the power and the influence music has on all walks of life never should be underestimated.  Maybe it’s not! Possibly, millions of music listeners will agree that music is a “language”, another form of art, which might not be tangible, but certainly is significant.  Music, with or without lyrical content, is beyond just a form of entertainment in which people listen to on their i-pods, on their radio, or watch on their television.  Music creates songs which then creates musical history.  One popular song deemed significant in the history of recorded popular music in the United States, is a song titled “I’m Sprung”, by platinum recording Rap artist T-Pain.  T-Pain’s lyrical delivery with Auto-Tune changed the way Rap musicians recorded music.

“I’m Sprung”, released in 2005 off of his debut album Rappa Ternt Sanga under recording label Konvict Muzik/Jive Records was one of the first hip/hop rap songs to use an Auto-Tune effect throughout the entire song.  “I’m Sprung”, a 3 minute and fifty-one second song, which consisted of first a chorus, then a refrain of “You do” 7 times, then back to the chorus, then back to “You Do” 4 times, another “You Do” for fifteen times, and then finally the first verse, is one interesting song that back then was considered “unusual” but today would be looked upon as being a “standard” song.

The main reason “I’m sprung” was such an unusual song was the fact that throughout the entire song an “Auto-tune” effect was played on top of T-pain’s vocals. When you listen to the song, it sounds robotic, engineered, and computerized. It’s clear that you can hear someone singing, but it’s almost a mystery if it’s indeed a human being singing. Although listeners will be able to identify the sounds of a high-hat, claps, and even some harmony at the end of the song, the “Auto-tune” effect is extremely piercing. So much so, you almost forget that “I’m Sprung” is actually a love song. T-pain is singing about being so much in love, he’s doing domesticated duties that we often hear men not doing. However, when the over powering effect of artificial music is being heard throughout the entire song, it’s rather easy for any listener to forget that “I’m Sprung” is a love song, and without any hesitation disregard the message T-pain is attempting to deliver.

In 2005 Faheem Rasheed Najm, better known as T-Pain, became famous, then despised, then loved, and then oddly enough a “trend setter” overnight with his first single “I’m Sprung”.  What does that mean? Well, when T-Pain first appeared on the scene many people questioned his talent abilities.  Several listeners immediately were predicting that he would become a “one hit wonder”.  Music executives, particularly A&R’s, were quick to write him off as being a fake rapper, wanting to be an R&B singer with no vocal abilities.  He was constantly being ridiculed for not having even a bit of talent. T-Pain was infamously known for giving his listeners an earful of music that was both recorded and played with an Auto-Tune effect on his vocals.   Many people found his music not creative at all.  Little did they know having Auto-Tune on a musician’s vocals would become the norm for almost every rapper and R&B singer either making their debut in the music industry or artists who were already in the music industry.

What is Auto-Tune?  According to Wikipedia, Auto Tune is a proprietary audio processor created by Antares Audio Technologies. Auto-Tune uses a phase vocoder to correct pitch in vocal and instrumental performances. It is used to disguise off-key inaccuracies and mistakes, and has allowed singers to perform perfectly tuned vocal tracks without the need of singing in tune. While its main purpose is to slightly bend sung pitches to the nearest true semitone (to the exact pitch of the nearest tone in traditional equal temperament), Auto-Tune can be used as an effect to distort the human voice when pitch is raised/lowered significantly.  In other words, Auto-Tune can make “bad” sound good, “good” sound great, and “great” sound extraordinary.

Someone musically inclined or not musically inclined, based on the definition above, might understand why a “singer” would opt-in for Auto-Tune.  However, one might not get grasp why a rapper would need Auto-Tune if a rapper doesn’t sing.  This is why T-Pain was initially frowned upon when he first appeared on the hip-hop/rap circuit.  Nonetheless, T-Pain did it his way, decided to step to the beat of his own drum, and made Auto-Tune a recognizable and an appealing commodity in the hip-hop/rap genre of music.  It’s now 2010 and when music lovers turn on their radio they are bound to hear almost every artist in the rap industry use Auto-Tune on their vocals.  T-Pain made Auto-Tune a standard concept and a much now acceptable sound in hip-hop/rap music.  He’s even won himself 2 Grammy’s with the help of Auto-Tune on his vocals. These days you can listen to Grammy award artist like Kanye West, Lil-Wayne, Drake and many, many more rappers using this effect on their voice as well.

It’s no secret that hip-hop/rap music has always been portrayed as being negative, violent, and not artistic. This is far from the truth, and this is more of a reason why T-Pain’s song “I’m Sprung” has “historical signification” in the world of hip-hop/rap music.  For the first time in a long time, a rapper has created a standard without any negative recourse.  Now, of course you’re going to have people who will forever criticize T-Pain for not being artistic; like Jay-Z. However, when you have established artists, Grammy Award winning artists, who are choosing to record with Auto-Tune, you must say to yourself, “Auto-Tune” is actually very creative – T-Pain really made a great contribution to hip-hop/rap music and has played a significant role in the history of how popular music in the United States is now recorded.”

First Reading: Do you have a little Thomas Edison in you?

Filed under: Uncategorized — 4everyoung at 2:48 am on Monday, September 20, 2010

John Quincy Adams once said, “Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.”  Ronald Reagan was once quoted saying, “What should happen when you make a mistake is this: you take your knocks, you learn your lessons, and then you move on”.  And, from the time I can remember, my mom has always said, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again”.  After reading the first 5 chapters of America on Record by Andre Millard, I couldn’t help but think that Thomas Edison had to have met my mom, both our former Presidents of the United States, and must have had a one-on-one pep talk with each one of them.  Now, of course I’m just being a little juvenile with my figurative statement since Edison would of just been born a year before the passing of President Adams, and would of died before having the wonderful opportunity of meeting my mom, and yes, the late president Ronald Reagan.  In all seriousness, I must admit that I was moved by how tenacious, determined, and innovative Thomas Edison was.  I’ve always known that Edison by far was a genius, but I guess I never really gave much thought as to what makes one not only a genius, but what also makes one not afraid of failure.

What makes one not afraid of failure?  What gives man the motivation that good is never good enough?  These are questions I would have liked to ask Thomas Edison.  When Edison invented the phonograph, a technological devise that recorded sound, immediately he knew his “invention” was just the beginning; For Edison once said, “It takes dexterity and a fair amount of luck to achieve success.”  He might not have known it then, but he was certainly on the path of greatness and in my eyes he never needed luck.  Thank goodness Edison wasn’t afraid of failure.  Can you imagine having a cell phone without voicemail folks?

Like Thomas Edison, I too am a person who is resilient, indomitable, and a person who embraces “set-backs”, for “set-backs” are simply “setups” for comebacks.  Where am I going with this you may ask?  Well, when Professor Herzog asked the class to setup a blog, immediately I went into panic mood.  I thought, “I never blogged before…how on earth do I do that”?  Still in all, I bit the bullet, not literally, and gave it a try.  I tried once and got it wrong. I tried twice and still I got it wrong.  Guess what? I tried a third time, and finally I got it RIGHT.  I must admit, I was a little embarrassed when I saw my name appear 3 times on the main page and when I clicked onto my name, nothing happened.  However, you know what I told myself?  It’s always too soon to quit and never too late to start; It wouldn’t surprise me if Edison believed in the same mottoJ


Filed under: Uncategorized — 4everyoung at 6:46 am on Friday, September 3, 2010

I can’t believe it…I finally got it…pardon my name showing up like 3 times…this is my 1st time doing something like this….I’ve NEVER blogged before…lol…it pays never to give up 🙂 All have a safe and wonderful Labor Day


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Filed under: Uncategorized — 4everyoung at 3:35 am on Friday, September 3, 2010

…just to avoid any confusion with my name appearing so many times…the one that works is the 2nd “Adrianne Huggins” not the 1st….sorry again all…


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