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As Covid-19 cases begin to rise again in Michigan and a fresh wave of restrictions seem imminent, my stress levels regarding the ongoing global pandemic have skyrocketed. And I’m certainly not alone. Almost everyone I’ve talked to in the last week has felt at least unsettled by the way cases are going up.
Lil Baby recently released a track titled The Bigger Picture. Many have called it a protest song, and I certainly would as well. That’s because the lyrics directly reference police brutality, COVID-19, race relations, a country divided, Lil Baby’s personal experience as a black man in America, and more.
Kanye West recently dropped a track featuring Travis Scott that’s named “Wash Us In The Blood”. It’s his first music release since "Jesus Is Born" was released last Christmas.
Jack Harlow recently dropped a remix of “WHATS POPPIN”. It features him,Tory Lanez, DaBaby, and Lil Wayne. Initially, I was surprised by the big names Harlow was able to get to hop on the remix. But after thinking about it for a bit, it makes sense.
Raury, a multi-genre 24 year old musical artist from Atlanta, recently released a single titled “Take Back The Power.” As America limps through the ongoing global pandemic and has a light shone on institutionalized racism, there’s more and more hurt to go around every day. While it is easy to wallow in these times, and let them drown you, there are better ways to react. Singer and rapper Raury Tullis (known professionally as Raury) provides a beautiful example of a better way to react- take back the power.
Lately, many have claimed that protests over the death of George Floyd that are turning into riots won’t change anything, and that they disrespect his death. Our president has called protestors “Thugs,” mayors of cities have denounced them, and pop culture figures like T.I and Tyler Perry have called for rioting to stop.
A few days ago, Bob Dylan released a single titled False Prophets. In the last month and a half he’d also released two other singles - A Murder Most Foul and I Contain Multitudes. The release of those two led to a lot of speculation on whether an album was forthcoming. The release of False Prophets confirmed suspicions.
About a month ago, I went to go see Bernie Sanders speak at a rally in Ann Arbor. That day was one of the most empowering in my life. The charisma, passion and steadiness of Sanders was on full display. He went through his policies, talked about how together all of us were gonna change America and decried corporate money in politics.
I was in downtown Ypsi last week and walking out of a poetry slam event at the Riverside Arts Center with a friend when I realized how hungry I was. Being in the downtown area and being a vegetarian, I couldn’t really think of any good go-to restaurants that wouldn’t be super expensive.
I recently went with some friends to the opening reception of an art show at Riverside Arts Center, located at 76 N. Huron Street.
Over thirteen million dollars has been donated this school year to Eastern Michigan University from the group GameAbove, with an additional cumulative $500,000 donated to the Ypsilanti based organization Ozone House.
I can hear a clock ticking, faint wisps of heat being pushed out of a rusty paint chipped heating unit, the distant sounds of city traffic. I’m consciously aware of what is happening around me, inside me.
The International Olympic Committee, or IOC, recently warned athletes participating in the 2020 Summer Games that any forms of political protest or messaging are strongly prohibited. They did this by putting out a three page document of guidelines that clarified Rule 50 of their charter. Rule 50 stated in part, “No kind of demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda is permitted in any Olympic sites, venues or other areas.”
Atmospheric sounds intermingle with soft words to create a relaxed environment. Worries fade into the background, and there is nothing to do, besides listen and enjoy. This weeks playlist is trance-like. I suggest setting aside time to listen to it, and then immersing yourself into the noise.
I recently attended a children's play put on by the EMU Theater titled, “Still Life with Iris.” The play was originally written by Steven Dietz and the production at EMU was directed by Patricia Moore Zimmer.
Many Americans cling to a certain political party, pledging their loyalty, vote and vocal support into the hands of that same party.
This week’s playlist is mostly instrumental. It’s perfect for any time when you’re feeling down, anytime you’re not feeling good enough or when you’re doubtful of being worthy. It provides a hand on your shoulder. One that can’t just be pushed away. There is love in these songs.
David Hockney // "If you see the world as beautiful, thrilling and mysterious, as I think I do, then you feel quite alive."
This week’s playlist has an indie feel to it: from the ideas expressed in each song through their meaningful lyrics to the stripped down sounds.
William Seward Burroughs II: “I would say for a great percentage of people, all they do is repeat their past. They really don’t have a future at all.” Burroughs comes out and directly says it – the majority of us just repeat the past. He then quickly turns to the obvious effect of that, saying we in turn have no future. We are just stuck. Repeating the same trivial things over and over and over.