You

You love the people that love you But you let them speak without love Let them act without love Let them think without love And now it’s Another night feeling like the worst one. You don’t remember what good nights feel like You don’t remember what it’s like to go to sleep with dry eyes…

Review: Blues People

What it is: Blues People by Amiri Baraka (Leroi Jones) details the history of blues, jazz, and other African-derived musical genres. He describes how culture and music affect each other, and the history of race relations in the United States via the interaction between African-influenced and European-influenced music. What I liked about it: Baraka does an excellent job of…

To EDM or Not to EDM?

EDM started becoming really popular a few years ago, and now it seems like upbeat dance remixes are everywhere. I dismissed the genre immediately, but I made a deal with Catherine from Never Stationary: I would give EDM a chance if she did the same for one of my favorite things, and we’d both write our reactions.…

First Show: How To Succeed

Even though I finally jumped in the gorges and went apple picking, I’m not done ticking items off the Ithaca bucket list. My college has a great theatre department, but I hadn’t been to a show yet. I was dying to go to The Crucible last year, but my friends at the time had no interest whatsoever…

How To: Live Tweet a Concert

There’s a time and a place for live tweeting. Commentary and quotes that remind you of your family’s silliness is appropriate for the holidays, but you can–and should–use different tones for different events. My best friend Julia and I went to a concert earlier this week at the Wonder Ballroom in Portland. Smallpools and Magic…

I’m From…

I am from suburbia where the PTAs are a little too involved where people are dangerously unconcerned about crime where not playing soccer somehow made me inferior where kids have never even seen the inside of a city bus   I am from eating Indian curry and Thai stir-fry instead of hamburgers and spaghetti and…

He Sat In His Desk Chair

He didn’t close his door. He sat in his desk chair. With those two simple things, I could relax. Together they screamed, “I realize I brought you to my bedroom on our first date, but I’m not trying to push any boundaries.” The night didn’t start off so promising. He had texted to say he’d…

Beat

This is the fifth photograph in my photo series entitled People of Portland, which I am continuing to unveil over the next few days. All copyright is my own, please do not use these images without my written permission. Feel free to leave any comments, questions, or critiques in the comments below! 

Fado in Coimbra

A definite must-do for visitors to the university town of Coimbra, Portugal is see a fado show. Fado is a traditional genre of music similar to opera. The Coimbra style of fado is performed by men who are current or former students of the university, while the Lisbon style is most often performed by women. …