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I Choose to Hold on to Classic Country Music

Because when you love something, you grasp it, you advocate for it,you hold on to it…

Eric Church Album

While doing homework at my friend’s house a couple years ago, I heard my first Country song. Eric Church with his hit Springsteen was next on the playlist.As I scrolled up and down, looking for interesting music, Eric Church’s voice sang “To this day when I hear that song,I see you standin’ there on that lawn. Discount shades, store bought tan, flip flops and cut-off jeans”. At first, it was all pure curiosity, however, I must say, that those lyrics combined with that specific rhythm, dramatically impacted me in ways that I never imagined.

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Country Music, is now one of the few things that I never reject. It doesn’t matter how many hours of Country/Folk I listen to,at the beginning of every song I still feel the same captivating interest. Yes. For many people this might be tiring and monotonous, but remember, we all have our own little special things that others may not like, but we still love.

Because we are all different, in our own perfect way. Photo Credit: wehartit.com

Every morning of everyday, I faithfully follow my routine. I wake up, play some Country Music, and start getting ready for a new day. Back in the day, I never payed much attention to a specific style of music. I didn’t have a specific favorite musical style that I felt completely identified with.However, Country Music came along and somehow changed my perspective.I suddenly began to research and ask people about Country, just to know and learn little by little. As you might imagine, I ended up learning a lot more than I thought I would.

Just to give give you a little taste of what kind of impact I’m referring to, I encourage you to look back into your life. Imagine that one song that makes you smile no matter how sad or down you are feeling. Isn’t it pretty special when you can connect in such way with one specific song? Don’t you feel as if you were completely and helplessly in love with it? You keep replaying it over and over again, just because each time you listen to it, the lyrics somehow become more real.

Country Fever/Photo Credit: weheartit.com

This is the kind of feeling I encountered when I first started to explore the Country genre. Country singers like Johnny Cash and Luke Bryan, Country covers by Tim McGraw and Josh Turner, and even Country lyrics themselves, all somehow added up to form what today I call my personal joyful noise. It never even mattered what the situation was/is about. As long as I can listen to a good Country song, focusing on the positive side and in the things that truly matter becomes so much easier.

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I won’t tell you to hold on to Country Music specifically, but I will encourage you to hold on to whatever it is that makes you smile even in your rough days. Just stop and look around. What about the little things you’ve been taking for granted? And what about the great things that evidently matter, but you choose to leave behind?

Make sure that you never abandon the little or big things that provide a simple smile to your monotonous days. Or else you’d be abandoning a part of yourself. If you don’t hold on to the things you love and appreciate, why should others do so? Why would other people hold on and appreciate Country, when I, feeling deeply identified and interested in Country, decide to let go of it?

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Sometimes we actually need to be put in situations like this so we can realize how important some things are in our lives. I honestly never thought I would care so much for music and look where I’m at.Just keep in mind that when you care enough for something, you are willing to defend it until the end.To help me out a little think about this, would you ever defend the little things that you love? How efficient would you be when it comes to defending that one thing that interests you the most? How would you feel if suddenly the little things that made your rough days a little brighter were taken away from you? (feel free to leave comments)

“Beginnings are usually scary and endings are usually sad, it’s everything in between that makes it all worth living” This blog post is the result of arduous wok for a Communications Class Project. Feel free to comment suggestions,thoughts, or concerns.

Thalia Tiburcio is a high school senior at Doulos Discovery School in the Dominican Republic. Lover of anything that involves physical activity and music,especially Country/Folk.

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Bonjour! I’m a high school senior at Doulos Discovery School in the Dominican Republic. I love music, especially Country/Folk. Jesus is the King of my heart! <3

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Kanye West-ing* the Discussion

And then I’m like “we’re not talking about beyonce, kanye west!”


And then I’m like “we’re not talking about beyonce, kanye west!”


Kanye West-ing* the Discussion

Fine tuning the way we talk about Women in Technology to make real change.


(I gave a lightning talk last week with Double Union. A lot of people encouraged me to put in online, so this is basically just my talk transcribed. Enjoy!)

There’s been increasing discussion about sexism and harassment of women in technology: a lot of people recently are coming forward about negative experiences they’ve had or seen happening to women in the tech community. Momentum is building. More people are seeing the problem and want to talk about it and how to fix it. That’s awesome! Tech feminists are jumping at this, trying to use this momentum to effect real change. This is exciting!

Something that’s happening concurrently, however, is a some women in tech are seeing these discussion and the accounts of horrible incidents and they don’t see themselves. Either because they’ve had only positive experiences or because they’ve internalized the sexism or turned a blind eye to it is irrelevant. They don’t feel like their stories are being told. They’re not feeling heard.

So you have one group of people who have been fighting for years and finally feel like they’re making progress, like they’re finally be heard by some, but need to be a lot louder to make change. And then you have another group of people who feel like they’re being ostracized from the very group they identify with: women in technology.

So this second group is starting to tell their stories. Shanley has referred to this as the “fuck you, I got mine.” And sometimes I believe that’s true, but I also think that a lot of people are genuinely trying to contribute to the discussion.

Why is this a problem?

On the surface, it seems like talking about positive experiences and negative ones being a female in tech are two sides of the same coin. But if you dig a little deeper, these are actually two different topics. While we’re trying to have a conversation about one, they’re talking about the other. And we’re talking past eachother.

I once wrote a thing about an escalator. And that thing gained a lot of attention, I think, because it gave people a tangible way to think about what is happening. And it gave them a way to discuss it with others so they were all on the same page.

So I’m going to try to do that with this. Via metaphor involving Kanye West!

It’s like if I’m in a group of people and I’m talking about a horrible music video that is so horrible that I think no one should ever have to witness it, it’s that awful. And I want to spread the word about this awful experience far and wide. Just as I’m really starting to drive the point home, Kanye West grabs the mic and says “I’m gonna let you finish, but Beyonce had the best music video of all time.”

And I’m like, Kanye. That’s cool and all, but I’m not talking about Beyonce’s video. I’m talking about this horrible music video. I’m trying to make sure that no one ever has to see it again.

English: Kanye West at the Vanity Fair kickoff...
English: Kanye West at the Vanity Fair kickoff part for the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival. Photographer’s blog post about this event and photo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

And then Kanye is like, but I didn’t see the horrible video. I saw Beyonce’s video, and it was the best music video of all time. I feel like if we’re going to spread the word about music videos, we should let people know that some music videos are bad, sure, but that others are really good, like Beyonce’s.


And then a troll comes out of nowhere and asks me if I can please say that in a nicer tone.

The point is that talking about Beyonce’s amazing music video is irrelevant to the discussion. It’s not going to help anyone avoid seeing the horrible video. In the same way, the women who want to talk about progress and good experiences in tech, while their experience is valid, they aren’t helping us stop the horrible things that are still happening. They’re only stealing the focus and muddling the message, and confirming a bias that a lot of people already have, ultimately derailing the conversation.

So, the problem of people still wanting to feel heard is not going to just go away. Telling them to shut their mouths is probably going to make them want to scream louder. So want do we do?

Well, we can encourage women to talk about their positive experiences in a constructive way. What made it positive? How can others find this? What can we, as a community, strive to do to make sure more women have positive experiences like these? While still acknowledging that bad things are happening to women who are not so lucky.

This way, everyone has a voice in the discussion, but we’re not discounting the negative events, and we’re still moving forward.

I hope this was helpful, I hope that we can all continue to move forward and make change.

If you’d like to join the discussion, tweet at me. ;)

*It was pointed out to me that Kanye West’s protest of the Video Music awards was directly about race in the music industry, which is ironic. (Thank you Kelsey Innis for pointing this out.) I apologize. My intention was just to use the well-known way he grabbed the mic to illustrate my point. I don’t mean to trivialize his statement, especially since the discussion of race in tech is something that’s important and happens less, even, than the discussion of women. For more information about the Kanye / Taylor “incident”, please read the articles listed as “further reading” under this post.


Further Reading

“Why do women try to get ahead by pulling men down?”


I see comments along these lines pretty much every time the issue of gender inequality in tech comes up.

Taylor Swift & Kanye West: White Women, Tears, and Coded Images


2010 MTV Video Music Awards – More VMA Video Okay, so I think we all know about Taylor Swift being interrupted last year at the VMA’s rig…



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Beats Music Streaming Service Launches January 2014, Fires Up Username Reservations

The new Beats Music streaming music service will launch January 2014, according to CEO Ian Rogers. The service also launched a ‘name claiming’ site today that lets you snag a primo username early.

The project has been in private alpha for a while under the code-name Project Daisy, and has been garnering some heated attention.

“If you’ve spent any time around me in the past six months you’ve surely seen me buried in my phone making playlists, poking, prodding, and testing our forthcoming service,Beats Music,” said Rogers in a blog posting today. “When I joined Beats Music in January I’d expected we’d get this out the door before the end of the year. Thankfully I work with people who have patience and are more concerned about getting Beats Music right than pushing it out the door. In retrospect we’ve accomplished far more this year than I’d imagined possible.”

Read more – > http://techcrunch.com/2013/12/04/beats-music-streaming-service-launches-january-2014/

source TechCrunch

Living the Lifestyle That Brings You the Person You Want

A friend of mine wrote me a letter expressing his confusion and growing maturity for his life—what he is attracted to in women, the lifestyle he wants to live, and hoping that because this is the exact topic I immerse myself in each day, would be able to give him a nugget of advice. Here is my response…





I enjoyed reading this email from you. I feel you are on the brink of a realization. Hopefully I can help ignite it.


conquest of happiness
conquest of happiness (Photo credit: the waving cat)


You are right. There is the fantasy of the ego being fulfilled. Being with people you don’t necessarily like, in places you don’t necessarily like, listening to music you don’t necessarily like. But in the fantasy, everyone is looking at you smiling and wanting to touch you.


Then there is real happiness. That is where you are meeting people that you actually feel good being with. And you are hanging with them in places that you enjoy being at, listening to music (or not) that you enjoy listening to. You are wearing the clothes you genuinely want to be wearing, and you are sitting in the position you want to sit in.


“Coming to terms with who you are” makes it sound terrible to me. Rather, I would call it an enlightenment (not the hippie guru sort). Where you can say to yourself, “Holy crap! I don’t have to act like this, and be talking to these people, and be in these places in order to be happy with my life.” That is when you begin to find yourself getting specific about what you really want to be doing. And who you really want to be with.


b) I am never going to be “that guy”. That guy who walks into the bar and is super interesting and can get girls to come party with him at night clubs. It’s partly because I have no interest anymore in partying “that way” and also partly because I no longer believe in trying to convince others I am this idea that’s perpetuated in our society as “popular”. I can’t stand electronic music and I won’t ever pretend to. I’m not a hipster either (I can’t even grow a mustache, forget beards). For better or worse, I am who I am.


Who gives a shit? I would kill myself if this was what life was about. A while back, I wrote a letter to a Wolf & Garden member on being cool. I talked about how there are three general groups: a. Cool kids b. Uber nerds c. Posers


Happiness (Photo credit: baejaar)


The posers are the only ones who are unhappy, and they are the only ones who are not living the life they enjoy. The cool kids are living the life they want, with the people that make them happy, with the music and jobs and places that make them happy. And guess what? Because of utter purpose and presence for their lifestyle, others gravitate to them. Namely, the posers. These posers were never happy with themselves usually because they grew up without purpose and/or being bullied about what they liked. And they saw the cool kids so involved with their own stuff, that it seemed attractive. So they tried to gain that same feeling the cool kids did. However, the cool kids are cool because they are doing what they love, not because they are trying to be cool. And there’s the rub.


Read more – > https://medium.com/p/a5cde00aa19e




Getting your tracks noticed by music bloggers

Or, what it looks like inside our inboxes and how to get noticed amidst a scary blur of “trap trance”

Music blogs, in their infancy, felt pure: usually, they were run by one person who derived simple joy from sharing the music they loved at a given moment. These blogs still exist, but things change as soon as people start thinking of you as some sort of cultural gatekeeper.

For me, this happened when my tiny WordPress blog, which was only read by about three of my friends, was noticed by the founder of Earmilk, where I’m now a senior editor. Here’s a breakdown of how my Earmilk inbox has evolved over time:

  1. By default, received generic emails each day sent to our press list.
  2. Occasionally replied to publicists and artists about tracks that interested me—usually by artists I’d already heard of, because volume is so high that one has to filter through somehow.
  3. Realized I could get into events for free by organizing interviews with artists performing there.
  4. Began reaching out to publicists in order to access said shows.
  5. Developed relationships with the publicists in #2 and #4.
  6. Continue focusing on emails about work from known artists, but also open emails from the three or so publicists whose taste I felt particularly drawn to at a given moment and listen to their unfamiliar promos.

I receive HUNDREDS of emails a day in my Earmilk inbox and it’s still utterly insane to me that so many people care so much about getting their music in front of me. As a frequent sufferer of imposter syndrome, I frequently wonder if any of these will someday realize that I’m just another human being. A human being who listens to a lot of music, yes, but I have no particular discerning superpower, other than spending a lot of time digging and reading and staying in touch with new music. But enough about me.

Read more – > https://medium.com/p/2ea774ed946e


Advice to a College Music Student

expecting to get back into academia so quick, it was enlightening to get the teacher’s perspective, especially in a smaller school environment.


School (Photo credit: The Library of Virginia)


I went to two universities with very large schools of music. It’s difficult not only to see everything that happens within these schools, but even more difficult to interact with everyone on a consistent basis. One nice benefit of being at a smaller school is that I interact with both students I teach and other students that are in the department.


In the last year and a half, I’ve seen the many differences between large established schools of music and smaller developing departments of music. For us teachers, we are trying to train our students for the professional world, but most of the larger universities are already at the same level as professionals. This relativity can be discouraging to students in a smaller school, and the biggest thing I have noticed so far in my teaching career is where professional ability lacks, potential replaces. It’s up to the student to see their own potential and develop it.


Below is some helpful advice that I have for students of music, especially at the undergraduate level. Some of these were the reasons why I was very successful in school, some were things I learned and realized as I progressed through school, and some I learned the hard way. If I knew then what I know now…


Your professional career starts as soon as you step foot on campus.


Your time in school has much more of an impact on your professional career than you think. The people you meet and the experiences you will have will directly affect your success when you graduate and are long gone.


read more -> https://medium.com/lessons-learned/dfdaf4b53429



What To Do When Someone Asks You To Work For Free

English: Googly eyes. Picture made by me.
English: Googly eyes. Picture made by me. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

They’re interested. Negotiate.


Tensions long simmering reached a boil last week when a music maker dubbed Whitey tore a potential customer a new subwoofer and went viral for his pique after apparently being asked if he was willing to license his music to a production house at no charge. Great googly moogly, a musician finally stood up for demselves! And there was much celebration in the land.

But I for one doubt this ventation will net Whitey significant Benjamins moving forward. There will of course be the righteous activist-with-money types that seek to reward his valor, and also those hoping to just put out the fire before a full-scale insurrection takes hold. But his rant is the one of untold thousands that went viral—simply duplicating the deed isn’t likely to win you the same sympathies.

Why is this such an issue anyway? You can always go to the corner store and ask them for a six pack on the house—is the owner going to bust a bloodvessel and start emailing every blogger in sight how ungrateful you are for his distributorship? No, he or she is just going to quote you the price and, if you try to take it anyway, sic the police on yourazz. Why aren’t musicians so comported?


read more -> https://medium.com/thoughts-on-creativity/f4ff3d2d669c