The art of language and voice

The scream of loud powerful voices echo throughout time. Whether it be from the respected Martin Luther King marching down Washington and delivering his famous speech, or the less respected hitler, commanding a crowd of millions to submit under his harsh rule, these historical figures have managed to make a dent in the human timeline through their voice, and the ideas that those voices carried. This paired with their mannerisms, such as how they walk, their choice of wording when speaking, the way the dress, how they get their hair done, and even their body language all work in unity, and help to paint an overall picture of them that will forever be imprinted in the record books. It’s an art to be able to gracefully control words in such a way that corresponds with ones own voice and identity.

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Legends whose names have stood the test of time like Mahatma Gandhi, Plato, Socrates, Aristotle and Alexander the great could all be considered masters of their own voice. They have all been noted for their ability to not only define and make sense of the world through ideologies and philosophies, but also in their ability to act on those ideas, through voice. Through words they can convey intentions, represent feeling and emotions, ponder about the universe and present questions to the public that tackle society and human nature. When manipulated, words can also be used to demand respect, and have the ability to cast fear and dread through threats and verbal intimidation. Words have the power to reach where physical things cannot. They can reach deep into the human core, and can help to unveil the truths of society, humanity, and life in general.

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Words, the sentences that make sense of them, and having complete control over ones voice, all are various forms of art. Art is the expression or application of human creative skill or imagination. Poetry fits this definition of art in the different ways it presents itself: haikus and rap, riddles, ballads, free verse and sonnet. Voice is an art when intentional seductiveness and playing verbal physiological mind games through come into play. Being able to stay calm and composed, thinking about the person or people your confronting, and saying things that stump that person or persons, which leaves them defenseless and open to strike requires skill, tact, creativity and imagination (quickly thinking about future events and scenarios that could play out).

Art takes many forms and people throughout history have helped to show how speech is no exception. Speech can be manipulated, controlled, given hidden meanings, phrase ideas and concepts and they travel through time, helping to mark memorable individuals. It is truly an amazing form of art.

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The art of language and voice

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As the writer of the article, Adam Ragusea, began discussing Michigan Radio Program Director Tamar Charney’s perspective on the relationship between podcasts and radio shows, I myself, began to wonder what the differences between the two could be. Initially i didn’t put much thought into it and I figured the two were synonymous. After all, I had never been exposed to podcasts until recently, hence I was only familiar with radio shows. In my eyes they both involve people broadcasting conversations of the topics of their choice, but then I told myself to think deeper. Interestingly, I thought of many of the points that I would find Ragusea had discussed.

I am not here to say one is better than the other, but like anything, they both have their pros and cons. For instance, one of my first thoughts was that radio shows are so chopped up, that it is often hard for radio show hosts to discuss meaty conversations in such short time spans. As Ragusea mentioned, radio show hosts often have to recap to catch listeners up on what they may have missed which ultimately cuts down the time that they have in each interval. Namely, I used to listen to the Steve Harvey Morning Show on my drive to school every morning in high school, and they always discussed great topics in numerous parts of their show. However, I noticed that there were many moments where Steve Harvey or any of the other hosts would engage in intense conversations that were cut off by the time constraints. Often times, these were inspirational or informative conversations that aimed to help listeners all over, and many missed out because of these strict time barriers. So in this case, a podcast would be different because it would allow listeners to know what they are getting themselves into, and know what transpired from start to finish.

Leading me to my next point, which is the fact that radio shows and podcasts are similar in the way that all listeners, for the most part, know what they desire to hear. As for podscast viewers, they often see a title and know that they are about to tune into in a conversation. While on the flip side, radio listeners often listen for whatever is gonna be the topic of discussion that day or for music, but are interrupted by commercial breaks. It’s like the radio shows have to constantly multi-task and go back and forth to, as Ragusea said, “please many people all at once.” In fact, this leads me to believe that this is why the content of podcasts has a more natural conversational flow than radio shows do at times. Having the freedom to begin discussing conversations and allow new, sporadic ideas to lead into deeper conversations with more ideas and perspectives, is more prevalent in podcasts than radio shows. Let’s be real, radio shows stick to a specific script that cannot be deviated from which further convinces me that this is what hinders radio shows from having that same touch as podcasts do.

Thus far in this post, my opinion may seem biased or that I am bashing radio shows, but I assure you radio shows also have differences from podcasts that work in its favor. Of course as Ragusea said, “people with the same peculiar interest or taste,” listen to podcasts of their choice, if the content is not what they expect or does not hold their attention for long enough, their attention could easily be lost. In reality, most podcast that are made, are pretty lengthy. While on the other side, radio shows have the option of playing a good song or two just to regain the listener’s attention before they change the station. In other words, it gives you a little taste of everything–some good conversation, the jam of the week, and an announcement for the sale at Ikea that came at the perfect time. That being said, I did not agree with the fact that Ragusea omitted that part of how radio shows work.

Of course, I believe he was right in mentioning the fact that it is a hit or miss with radio shows, but he left out the fact that different radio shows also present specific areas of interest. For example, they have radio stations that listeners know will contain content specifically concentrated on sports, or pop culture, or hip-hop culture, or gospel, or everything under the sun. So in that case, viewers have some sense of what they “opt-in to.” Needless to say, they are not the same and is their differences that are the main reasons why we need them both.

 

By Victoria Robbins

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“Enamórate” Music Video

The song played throughout the video is the English version of “Enamórate” by DVicio and it’s about falling in love over and over again. The band DVicio is a Spanish pop group founded in January 2013. The narrator of the song explains how he lost his love and he questions how they fell apart. He says he that he could fall in love with her again and how he waits for the day to start their relationship again. Essentially, the clips are what he’s remembering: the love that he is willing to fight for again.

I chose to use clips from romantic comedy films because they follow a pattern of falling in love again despite the conflicts that arise. During the opening verse, I used clips where the two love interests are talking to each other within the first stage of their relationship. While some movies begin with the love interests disliking each other like Clueless (1995), most start with the two people instantly hitting it off. They indulge in the honeymoon period where everything seems perfect and nothing could go wrong. This period of time where everything is bliss and you don’t know the horrors of the other person is what the narrator misses. The lyrics “It was so beautiful, you were so beautiful next to me. I wouldn’t have changed a thing about our love” are memories that are depicted by a character admiring the other in the clips. Some of the clips, like the one I chose from 500 Days of Summer (2009), accurately captures this feeling of complete bliss when you’re with the one you love. Tom and Summer are pretending to be husband and wife in their “home”, made up of the different room displays in IKEA. They get so into the role-play and being with each other that they forget that they are in a store until they notice the Asian family watching them. Forgetting where you are and what you’re doing is exactly what the narrator of the song wants to get back to. He craves that time where nothing mattered except their love, and everything seemed so perfect that he wouldn’t change a thing.

For the chorus of the song, I chose clips that showed love in a private, intimate way like kissing or dancing. During the “Enamóra-“ part, I inserted a clip of the sparks that happen between two people holding hands depicted in Playing it Cool (2014) because that spark is what you want to initiate falling in love again. In the English version, the chorus is kept in Spanish and the line “Enamórate, te, te otra vez” translates into “Fall in love, you, you again”. The physical sensations that are associated with love, such as kissing, dancing, and sex, are what we identify most with when we remember being in love. The conversations and spending time together (as we saw in the clips during the first verse) are equally as important and missed, but the intimacy in the physical things is also what the narrator craves. Another part of the chorus translates into “touch with your fingers, the sea water, your body with my body”. The intimacy that’s achieved with the physical activities adds a layer of affection to the relationship and we can see that the narrator wants a second chance at the intimacy he once had.

The second verse has clips that show the part of the relationship where everything went wrong. Somehow a huge disagreement occurs and the couples break out into arguments and fights. Sometimes it leads to saying goodbye forever and as the narrator questions, “How did we fall apart?” it makes you wonder what decision or step led to all the fighting and eventually the separation of the couple.

But when the song gets back the chorus, I chose to repeat the same clips as if the narrator is remembering what it’s like to be in love one more time before he finally takes action, which is the bridge. For the bridge, I chose clips of one character running to embrace or kiss the other and clips of the two in the rain. Usually clips of running or rain mean that one person seeks redemption and forgiveness. And in the case of all these films, the characters make up and are together again. The clips I chose for the last chorus are not the ones I used before, but instead they are clips from the final scenes of the movie where the conflict has resolved and the movie ends with a kiss between the two characters that have fallen in love again. This part of the relationship is what the narrator is actively striving for so he can be in love with his significant other again.

It was very fun to make this music video montage for this song. The English version is not a direct translation of the song, so you can find what the words literally mean here. To listen to the song in its original Spanish, click here. Hope you enjoyed the song and my video!

“Enamórate” Music Video

Living in an uncoded world

The video “What Most Schools Don’t Teach” was really interesting to me in many aspects. It’s interesting to me mainly because everything they’re talking about makes absolutely no sense to me!

These people like Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Chris Bosh, etc. who are known for their ability to make these amazing technologies and social websites are telling me “you can do this,” and that’s amazing. It’s hard enough for me to maneuver my blogspot layout, let alone code an entire website!

What struck me the most, though, was how I never even got the opportunity to learn, or try to learn, how to code websites or create them. I’ve been in school for about 16 years and not once have I even heard of a class that offered students the ability to learn how to create these types of media.

About two minutes into the video, one of the women points out that “computers are everywhere. Do you want to work in agriculture, do you want to work in entertainment? Do you want to work in manufacturing? It’s just all over.” That was eye opening, that all these jobs that no one would have thought required these skills does! And as an aspiring author, it’s probably important for me to learn how to code my own website or handle my own social media properly.

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I think it’s important for us to note how unavailable this knowledge is to students these days. For something that surrounds us fully and engulfs our lives as much as technology and social media, why aren’t we given the opportunity to learn how it works and how to create it? It seems a bit odd to me. It’s like giving scientists chemicals and experiments and physics stuff (clearly, I’m not a scientist) but not teaching them how to do math.

It was even stated in the video that it’s not rocket science, you don’t have to be a genius to do this stuff, it’s as simple as reading, or learning how to read.

Maybe it’s time that we millennials learn where our social media comes from, how it’s made, and how to use it to our advantage.

Living in an uncoded world

Rewiring the Youth

In Matt Richtel’s “Growing Up Digital, Wired for Distraction”, Richtel notices, not only the current youth generation’s dependency on technology, but how it effects children of different cultures differently. For the more financially comfortable youth, technology is used more responsibly than those of lower income. If led the right path, technology can help students rather than harm them.

From a young age, we are surrounded by technology; if not steered into using our laptops, phones, and other electronics for personal gain, we fall victim to their tempting but distracting entertainment outlets. Students of lower income families are more prone to fall for these temptations due to the fact that their parents/guardians are too busy providing for the family to concentrate on what their child’s electronic activities are. However, it may stem deeper than that; children of lower income families do not have as much support in their everyday life. With consistent absence of a guardian, they are left with less of a connection with someone who can assist them with difficult issues, or even with homework. When frustrated and alone, humans facing times of hardship find any way to escape their problems. If a child has no one to help them with their homework, or with a problem distracting them from homework, they will turn to entertainment for consolation and comfort rather than their schoolwork. Entertainment distracts them from reality, while social medias provide connections in ways that can be potentially harmful or dangerous (such as a lonesome and naive child turning to a predator for comfort).

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There is only so much monitoring a parent can do, of course, but a little effort can go a long way. Instead of attempting to strictly restrain a child’s technological use, parents should try to guide their child to want to limit themselves. When forced to do something, it is in our nature to protest and fight anything that goes against our free will. Not only is it impossible to manage every click and action on a child’s laptop screen, but it will also be undermined by the child. If given respect, humans (including children) will want to return the respect. By providing young students with the truth of the consequences and benefits technology has to offer, and the trust to make the right decisions on their own, students will aspire to please and control themselves at a young age; our main goal while progressing through technology should be to control it for our benefit, not be controlled by it’s enticing and ever-distracting medias.

Rewiring the Youth

Radios in the Past, Time for Podcasts

In Adam Ragusea’s “Three ways podcasts and radio actually aren’t quite the same”, the commonly unknown differences between podcasts and radio. In a way, podcasts are to radios as blogging is to news. A podcast is the informal source of music and media in comparison to broadcasted news. Each podcast is more focused toward a specific audience, produced independently, and offers a larger dynamic of options to listen in to. Radios are of easier access, but podcasts are the progressed version of radio stations.

While radio stations are censored and limited for the entire public to enjoy, podcasts offer a more specialized approach. They do not need to limit their thoughts to what would please and be appropriate for the entire public. Podcasters can upload freely, leaving an endless variety of podcasts to search and choose from; listeners can find a podcast on anything they desire with the technology of today. Podcasters can tag keywords and ideas for listeners to search and enjoy, making such a vast array of podcasts easier to sift through. With so many podcasts offered to the public, each listener is likely to find exactly what they prefer to listen to, and if the listener has nothing particular in mind, they can easily explore through endless podcasts to find and try something new. In the end, podcasts offer the public a more personalized taste to radio and offers more podcasts to choose from for the audience. Beyond that, with podcasts being so easy to produce and upload, nearly anyone can create their podcasts entirely alone. This lets creators make their podcasts entirely how they intend to, with no bias or influences changing their work and ideas to mean something else. Podcast creators are able to connect more personally with their listeners, and portray their exact emotions and thoughts with little to no censorship.

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Radios in the Past, Time for Podcasts

The Good Vibe Tribe Music video mash up!

This music video is brought to you by The Good Vibe Tribe. A reggae fusion band that has an interesting set of characters who each bring their own personal flavor to the music. Jose Camacho is a guitarist with a Latino influence lets not forget he also is the vocalist and main songwriter of the Good Vibe Tribe. Chris the drummer has a heavy American influence bringing rock as his main focus into the mix but also able to create a steady reggae sound. Bobby the other guitarist also brings a rock, and country rock feels to the bands sound he also is another vocalist. Then the last piece of the puzzle the newest edition to the band is Izzy Mir-Merced. He plays the congas and brings another Latino flavor to the reggae.

This music video is sort of a mash up of jam sessions. Each song has their own meaning and message about the band and life. The first section of the video is a heavy metal set to warm up the band. This shows that the band has diversity in the styles that they play. The Good Vibe Tribe is able to play in any type of setting and for any type of crowd. This in turn could give the band more popularity among tons of people who listen to different types of music, and give them more fans. The second clip of the band is where the Reggae begins. Here the band sets the mood letting viewers and listeners know that it is time to relax and let the sounds of reggae take you to a state of peace and tranquility.

The third clip is a band original song it is about appreciating the fact that we are human. It tells us to be strong and face your fears but to also understand that we all fear something. If you listen to the lyrics it tells a story of a man who is scared to tell a woman that he loves her. There is a part where he is crying and another person asks the man why he is stressed and worried? The person also tells him to not be afraid and go tell her how he feels about the woman. However the man responds by saying “it’s because I’m human.” The song is telling us not stress or feel worried about the things that bother us but be confident in yourself and share to the world how you feel. But the song is also telling us that you will feel these emotions and they can hold you back because we are human.

The fourth clip shows a woman named Adrianna who is singing a song of her own called Fly away. With her amazing singing skills she portrays an idea of being free and not being tied down to the norms of society. She also singings the song in a way that makes you feel free. Her pitches are High and tones are fluffy giving you the sense of ease. There is one part of the song where she says, “if I was a bird I would fly.” Yes this is obvious of course if you were a bird you would fly. However there is a deeper meaning. What she means by this is if she were bird she would fly to be free, to travel, and experience a new world that is not the United States.

The last clip of the music video is just live action of the band having fun and jamming. The band is open minded with each other, and members of the Good Vibe Tribe are confident in them selves and their music ability. They also have confidence in their fellow band members to let loose on their instruments and express emotions through sounds. This band is not afraid to be themselves in front of a camera but especially on stage. The sound is unique and so are the members and that’s why their music is so appealing. They are not following the poplar Hip Hop route of today’s common artist. They also are not following the electronic music scene. They are combining all types of music under one popular genera of music (which is reggae) and making it attractive to everyone and not just one group of specific people.

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