Friday, April 25, 2008

Old School, New School

Hi everybody. How are you all doing? Hope good. Because of my love for music, I want to make some comparisons between the music of the old school and that of the new school. Wow things have really changed. I know I might be young and not really know anything about old school music but I am definitely a follower of old school music. On the rap part, we had Public Enemy, Run DMC, Rakim, KRS One, just to name a few. These were artistes who rapped and talked about very sensible stuff. In the 90s, we had 2pac and Biggie, some of the finest rappers I think I have listened to in a while. Though sometimes they said some pretty dirty stuff in their songs, listening to songs like Thugz Mansion, Brenda's got a baby and other songs would blow your mind away because it is evident these guys were very good writers. The rappers of nowadays just talk about sex, money and drugs and it is unfortunate to see what rap has deteriorated to. The rappers of now I might give credit to include Talib Kweli, Common, Lupe Fiasco just to name a few. On the part of r n b, wow please there is no comparison whatsoever. We had the likes of Marvin Gaye, Barry White(with his baritone voice), Luther Vandross, Al Green, Smokey Robinson, Lionel Richie, Brian Mcknight. We had groups like the Temptations, Jackson 5, New Editon. Wow this was when rnb was rnb. Have you all heard the original version of the song "I am telling you I am not going." I bet the only version a lot of people have heard was that of Jennifer Hudson from American Idol but you all need to listen to the real version by Jennifer Holliday. Oh my God, these were the real rnb singers. The few artistes of today I admire include Chrisette Michelle, Corinne Bailey Rae, Lyfe Jennings, Alicia Keys just to name a few. In the past, we also had groups like the Bee Gees, the Beatles, Abba just to name a few. Personally, Abba was my favorite band. Right from elementary just before going to school, I would take out the tape from my Dad's collection. It became more of a ritual. Songs like Dancing Queen, Money money money. Those are some of my best songs(I know it sounds weird).

To show how good these old school songs were, they are still played in places today and we even find artistes of today using their beats or giving a different rendition to these classics. Those of you who are not impressed with the songs being played today, I want you to refer to some of the above listed artistes. I promise you you will enjoy their songs. Have a fun weekend. Peace

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

What is going on?

Hi everybody.How are you all doing?A lot of things have being going on for the past few weeks and the one I was concerned with was the video of girls beating another girl.Wow. For those of you who have seen the video, was that not a sight to behold?Six girls beating on another girl with two boys acting as lookouts(off topic, but my sister was one of the girls that was involved in the beating, I really cant say what I would do to her because I can't harm girls,that is the way I am. But if my brohter was one of the lookouts, I would have beaten the living daylights out of him. Trust me. I don't condone such stuff). The fact that the girl who was being beaten on fell unconscious and when she woke up, the beating started all over again.I pose the question what is going on because children seem to do whatever they feel like doing.I mean very stupid stuff and I will have to say parents should be responsible in part for some of the things their children do. Isn't it amazing that what a parent had to say about the beating was that the girl who was beaten provoked the attack by insulting the girls on MySpace?Common now are you kidding me?Was this really what a parent had to say?Why could the mother not reprimand her daughter for such a terrible thing?It is just so unfortunate to see that parents in some ways help their children do bad stuff.People might not have a problem with this incident but I definitely do, and that is why I am bringing this topic up. Thhe other amazing thing about this whole incident was that it was girls involved because such incidences are always linked to boys. I always thought girls were the decent ones and boys were the troublemakers. I am not a father yet, but for those of you who are parents, would you like your child(your daughter) doing such stuff? You would definitely feel embarassed.

All I have to say is that if you have all got young people who are close to you, you need to talk to them and enlighten them that some things are not just meant to be done.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Life's Worth

Hi everybody.Hope everybody had a fun spring break. Well I did.A break from school was definitely something I needed. This leads me to my topic for today. Do we value partying more than our lives? This is a question I definitely have to ask because people seem to live their lives without any care whatsoever. I hear statements like, "life is too short, live your life to the fullest." Agreed, life is short. But we have to be careful with the way we live our lives. Just the other day, I was watching a documentary about what students do during spring break and I will have to say, I was shocked. Students just basically get drunk and do pretty stupid stuff(sorry to say).There was the story about a couple of women who back in the day starved themselves so that they would be able to wear some bikini during spring break. Guess what? It actually led to these women having an eating disorder. This was what these women went through all because of spring break. The women had one piece of advice for girls trying to starve themselves in order to fit into a piece of clothing:don't try it because it is an action you would regret. This year, we had the case of a girl who got raped by a guard of the hotel she was staying at and almost got killed but amazingly she survived after surviving a fall from . The stories keep going on and on and it is so sad to see people risk their lives all in the name of having fun. I always used to think spring break was basically taking a break from school like the name suggests but it means something else entirely to other people.

I know a lot of people might not agree with my way of thinking but all I am trying to say is though life may be short and there is no harm in having fun, we need to be very CAREFUL with the way we live our lives.

Have a fun weekend

LAST WORD: Do we value having fun more than our lives?