Chris Hadfield- Space Oddity Cover = Amazing

Hello everyone!!

I hope all of you are doing well. Life is overwhelming at times. The stories on the news are usually quite gloomy. However, the kind actions of people around keep hope alive. We should take some time to sit down and take a deep breath.

Now, if you are into anything and everything space (like me), you might find this video quite enjoyable. Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield posted a video on Youtube, a cover of David Bowie’s Space Oddity. It has already gone rival with more than 10 million views. Hadfield is an advocate for education and a great role model. He even has an online series to teach adults and children about how astronauts live in space and many subjects related. I recommend checking them out.

I wish I could travel to space and do all the fabulous experiments people like Mr. Hadfield have the opportunity do at work. It must be quite humbling and breath-taking to wake up and see the Earth in its entirety and beauty. Congratulations to those involved in the making of this video, it is a great video. This is the first music video recorded in space.

Muse Concert

Hello everyone,

This week I attended my FIRST Muse concert. It was a cinematic experience, a show of lights, music, and moving pictures(videos), combined for the ultimate enjoyment. If you are a Muse fan (like me), then you are probably familiar with their performances. Often, the stage becomes part of the performance and the music, becoming a unit. This is something I had only been able to experience by going on Youtube, but now I can tell you for sure that the live version is wonderful (and better than the videos on Youtube).

The whole stage lights up, literally.

Matt, Chris, and Dominic perform on a stage that also serves as a screen, lighting up beneath their feet during selected songs. The combination of  music and the imagery made me experience the music, not just listen to it. This works great for the band as it allows them to move freely around the stage or change instruments with easiness.

It simply looked beautiful.

Muse is on tour for the release of their latest album, The 2nd Law. Here’s one of my favorite songs from the album.

Thanks for reading!

Best,

Steph

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Music and Feminism- “The Man of her Dreams”

Hello!!

So, a few days after the holidays I started sorting out the playlists on my Ipod. In the process, I noticed something interesting about some of my music. I was randomly selecting songs that I like and putting them in my “on the go” list. These songs have something in common, the female experience. I had about seven songs that could by some women’s standards be considered feminist (there are many kinds of feminism, but that’s for later). These particular artists have transferred the female experience to their music. Lily Allen, Shakira, the famous P!nk use their music to convey their ideas on social issues, gender standards, sex, and female stereotypes. Who can forget “Stupid Girls” by P!nk, a song praised by many of us. Recently, I stumbled onto Lily Allen’s 22, a song about a very common female stereotype. The one that raises the fears of reaching thirty and single. Women expected marry by the age of thirty, have a career, and be “settled.” Shakira has talked about this before, referring to it as limitations set by our own culture, our society. I do realize that these three woman and kinds of feminist, social and cultural.

Now, I like this trend. It reminds me of Billy Holiday, Alanis Morisette, and many others. I’m personally very touched by Lilly Allen’s 22. Why? Well, I’m feeling the pressure. I feel the pressure to get married, have the perfect career, and live it all before I’m 30. I know that women are getting married later in life now at days, but my Dominican family doesn’t seem to see that as a good thing. I don’t even believe in marriage actually, not now at days. Well, they wouldn’t hate me for not accomplishing those things, but they would probably still judge me. It’s kind of sad. I’m just one hundred percent sure that life doesn’t end at 30. The idea of being “settled” is also put up for interpretation. It means  different things to different people. Therefore, let’s not worry about time. It will never be too late for anything.

Luv, Steph