We cry for freedom, something we wanted all our lives, but when we got it, freedom was ignored. Isn't it funny how we abuse our powers? We constantly tell ourselves that what we do results in what we will do, so why aren't people trying to better themselves? Tell me if I'm wrong, over and over again people complain about the restrictions society puts on us. Though, I feel like it changes no one's actions because people still act the same no matter what.
We are stuck with those habits, but people need to put effort into trying to fix themselves. During class, we discussed productivity and many brought up the idea of being too free and not having a base for writing and working. I think that's just bizarre. Do people really want to convince others and themselves that if a teacher or someone else tells you to do something we will? Come on! We control ourselves, I don't see how we can't be the ones who make our own base.
As some of you may know, I struggled a lot throughout this blog to find where I stand with writing posts. I felt that me struggling was a good thing and it motivated me. Struggling meant that I was trying to get the best work out there. I didn't want to just publish whatever it was and not have great quality. Although with me saying this, I think that posting 2 blog posts a week is fine. If you're concluding that you are having trouble writing two a week then set time for yourself. That's just you being irresponsible. You have no one else to blame for your actions except for yourself. Time management is key and if you can't do that then find ways. You are your own solution, the best person to help out. If you're not even willing to help yourself, then why expect others to?
Okay, I, myself don't even post two blog posts. I understand why some might not listen, but I feel like I have a great explanation on why that is. Every post on this blog means something special. They all have their own messages, no matter who reads it. I work on those blogs for a week and try to perfect it even though I know that nothing is perfect. You can see the length of my writing, they are not short, it is not something I can just write in half an hour. That won't be my good work. I want to remind you I am not productive all the time.
Every single moment of my life isn't productive. I have to admit I slack off a lot, but I feel like me admitting to that helps me get to a closer step of my goal. It makes me realize what I could do, which then pushes me into getting the work done because I have already plot up ideas. Hearing all the comments today about people becoming lazy because of all this freedom is very disappointing to hear.
Has my class become so brainwashed that we are crying for restrictions to come back? I thought that people knew what they were stepping into. This class, environment-everything is suppose to be different. We were not meant to be like everyone or anything that exist in this world. Why am I surrounded with people who think we need a box to think differently? Signing up to something different means you accept that there will be flaws, mistakes, newness. You signed up to be taught differently, if you wanted the same things, then go back to class because this is not for you.
I enjoy what I do, that's why I'm here right now and do what I do. I enjoy having this freedom. When we cried for freedom, I screamed for it until my voice was heard. I never stopped screaming for my writing to be free and with this opportunity I have, I will never let it go. We don't have that much time left to appreciate this. I can guarantee you many will regret ever wanting to go back to the old ways once they step behind the lines. Or maybe they won't because society shaped them so much. I love it and I wouldn't change a thing.
The blog is my base. The blog is their base. The blog is our base, yet they don't know how to use it because it's not a box they can think outside off. Freedom is something we are suppose to cherish not be thrown once we make contact of it. People aren't trying hard enough. They are lazy and irresponsible. We were given a hard task that's easy in disguise. We destroy our decisions yet that's not who we blame. We cry for freedom, something we wanted all our lives, but when we got it, freedom was ignored.
let me know what you think, I'm always welcoming something new.
Something new. I love those words. Something new, told me that I could change up things in my life that I couldn't before. It meant that I accepted the outcome of something I wouldn't, couldn't or never did before. Something new felt great, it brings joy to my life.
Whenever I start writing, I always think back to where I was or am. I think about my history, past and the future of course. When that pen hits the paper, when my fingers press the keyboard, every emotion, song and thoughts floods through my body. As I try to get my ideas across while my brain tries to process it all, everything can be overwhelming. I constantly tell myself that everything I'm writing doesn't make sense.
Then, I stop because I listened to myself. Wait, wait, wait-what are you writing? Does this actually make sense? Is this something you want to show other people? Read it over now. Wait, wait, wait- what are you writing?
When the last sentence hits the final page, I once again looked at what apparently seems to be my creation. Sometimes I don't see them as writing. I see them as pages, filled with meaningless words.
You can do better than this. DRAFT. No one would be interested. DRAFT. Don't write too long, you're scaring people away. DRAFT. No one understands what you're writing. DRAFT. DRAFT. Draft. draft.
I throw them away and quickly chased them back because I didn't know how to let go. It's a difficult choice to let something go. You create something and treasure it. Even if it was for a few second, minutes, hours, days and so on, you still have a special place for it in your heart no matter what.
Thirteen drafts. Lying beneath the screen there are 13 drafts. Thirteen writings that I pour myself into, but they were not good enough. They are undone, unprepared and just meaningless, but I couldn't drop them.
So I found something new. I love those words. It told me that I could change up things in my life that I tried to cut out. It meant that I accepted the outcome of something I wouldn't, couldn't or never did before. Being able to erase and continue on was important for me to see because I need to overcome that.
Find something new, I told others. Find something new, I couldn't tell myself.
Turn on your radio, what do you hear? Probably Adele's new song "Hello" or Justin Bieber's "Sorry" or "What Do You Mean?" What about after you turn the radio back on again after maybe half an hour. The same songs continue to broadcast!
Radio keeps playing the same dang song, which also happens to all be singles from the artist. Why is that? I always asked myself this question just because I know that whenever I hear the artist I listen to's single, it doesn't happen to represent their work in the industry. I was determined to find some type of answered so I asked the people online, a. k. a Google...
The first thing we have to think about is the reasoning behind the repetition of songs. “The idea behind this repetition is to quickly take a song from being unfamiliar to being liked and then loved,” (Craig Bruce, Souther Cross Austereo’s Head Of Content). May I add that these songs quickly become liked, loved and hated? If I was to put on "Happy" right now, 90% of the people surrounding me would tell me to turn it off because they became annoyed with the song just because the radio plays it so much. It is one of the sad outcome because the radio has the ability to destroy a beautiful song through their method of repetition.
Then again, why do we continue to come back to listening to the radio when we know that it continuously play the same thing? That's interesting isn't it? I, being someone who listens to the radio all the time, I feel like I could relate because I could never turn my radio off even though the song just played an hour ago. “People come to us expecting to hear their favourite songs and our rotations mean we can deliver on their expectations,” (Craig Bruce). Not only are these expectations from us, the listener, but major labels and record companies also influence commercial radio playlists, which also changes the outcome of the Top 40 charts.
“Record companies share their priorities with us every week. We then get together at least a couple of times a week to discuss these new songs. Through consensus, (if the content director and music director love the song and it fits the sound of the station) we then decide how often we should play it,” (Craig Bruce). So, what I'm hearing is that sometimes, radio stations don't fully have a say in what they can or cannot play due to the demand of the listener and the record/label companies-interesting.
"Familiarity is the first step to a song becoming liked.” (Craig Bruce). I completely agree with this statement because I, myself fall into that deep hole. Every time a song comes on, I would tell my friends I don't like it, but then catch myself singing along. The fact that the song is so familiar in my head makes me want to sing along, therefore, I somehow enjoy it.
Repetition is a form of marketing and advertisement. Living in a society full of technology, we are definitely surrounded by those influences. After all, we are a walking billboard! Record/Label companies uses radio stations to target their audience and get their artist across, concluding that in order for them to talk about those individuals personally, they would need to use the strategy of repetition, resulting familiarity. This explained why we always hear the same songs over and over again, but did you know there are requirements for music on Canadian radio?
Any English-language and French-language Commercial, community, campus and native radio (also known as Category 2), must ensure that at least 35% of the Popular Music they broadcast each week is Canadian content. Not only that. commercial radio stations also have to ensure that at least 35% of the Popular Music broadcast between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Monday to Friday is Canadian content. How crazy is that? This clearly explains why we constantly hear Shawn Mendes, Justin Bieber and The Weeknd! It all makes sense because they have to follow these requirements!
As I did research for this writing, I realized that radio stations don't work the way we think it does. I expected them to have the rights to play whatever they want just because they have the power to do so, but they really don't. Some DJ's and broadcaster don't even have a say on the music choice being played because there is already a playlist made for them. Where's the fun in that?
Next time when you listen to the radio, try to observe whether they fulfill those requirements, used repetition and familiarity. Everyone is constantly wanting to influence you. Did the radio influence the choices you make on an artist? I find it super intriguing knowing that my favourite artist's singles aren't always their best work and so that's what people believe is their image. It makes you question the choices behind the decision process of picking a single because you want it to show what you are capable off. It's funny isn't it? Think about it, let me know.
How does the radio affect you?
There was those who rise and fall. Those who sacrificed their lives to protect the country we’re safely in. The ones who came back alive but traumatized by what they cannot unseen and those who never could return as they left their bleeding hearts onto the battlefield. November 11th was all they asked, for peace and love, not hate and crime. November 11th- Remembrance Day.
Remembrance Day. Why was that so hard to spell? Perhaps it’s the fact that you don’t actually spell remember that made a difference. Seven years ago, I did not know of such thing called Remembrance day. What was that? What do we do? Why do we have that? What was that?
Canada is not my motherland, but I am growing up here. Seven years ago, I wouldn’t know the appreciation our citizens have to the soldiers who fought for our country. I didn’t know there was a special day we pay great attention to those who were brave enough to fight for us. I didn’t know, but now do I? I don’t know. What’s the true meaning of Remembrance day? Can you tell me? No. Why? It is because these events that happened affect you way differently than it would to me. Keeping in mind, you are taught much differently than me.
When it was my first time to witness a ceremony in my school, the first thing I noticed was that everyone was serious. Everyone had to be serious because the topic surrounding this is something we don’t joke about everyday. The first time I saw this appreciation with my own eyes, I was fascinated. I never noticed how much people took the time to give recognition for those who fought in the terrible battles.
A few years later, I noticed it was all the same. The same seriousness, poems, words spoken- everything was the same. I lost interest, but I never lost respect. This year we did something different, but some were upset. Why was that? We talked more on Refugees and their journey to Canada. That was a brilliant idea! Just because we don’t constantly talk about something, doesn’t mean we will forget it. Having something refreshing to watch increases our chance of making an impact. War doesn’t stop, it continues. On Remembrance day, we are told to recognize the war that was supposed to end all wars. It didn’t, so on this day, we should not only touch the past but look at what’s happening now in the present too.
There were certain times during the assembly where they should’ve included more traditional things we see yearly, but traditions are meant to be broken. Like I have mentioned on my other blog post, mistakes are meant to happen. It wasn’t too much of a mistake but to others it was. Though, I would like to ask you one thing, during all those years listening to the same thing, do you listen? I know that if it was the same thing from last year, I would most likely drift of to my own thoughts, barely listening because my mind is telling me I already know what will happen next.
Also, they specifically talk about Refugees today for a reason. What if it’s not a right-on straightforward type of message? What if you have to look deeper into it? Remembrance Day to me means to have respect and realize how far Canada has come as a nation. Let’s focus on the positive instead of picking flaws at other people’s recognition.
The place was out of reach-a desert and an ocean. She walked through it just for him, and was willing to do all these things, but no more. They had to get out of the storm. They ran and chased the light they couldn't see, wanting to be free, but the temptation of him keeps coming back. Everyday, the girl got strike by the zig zag they called love and it's tearing her apart. Whenever she's near to leaving, he won't let her. Love hurts, like the burning sensation of ice, but it was so great, the burn became pleasure. She never wanted to love him, but she did.
The boy was able to hypnotize her with one look, he had that much power. She couldn't leave him and the consequences were inevitable, which was hard to prevent a runaway. The skies were her feelings, she was constantly reminded of it and the rain was the punishment of thoughts about the boy. He brings in a storm and danger, but everything about that intrigued her.
He was the pleasure and pain. Everything they did was different and it kept making her want more. It wasn't great, they both knew but it would be worse if they were apart. The rain was heavier, a storm was coming. They had no way in controlling that. Lightning has finally strike them.
Four voices, talent, beauty and perfect harmonies-that's Little Mix. They are the first group to ever win on X Factor UK (let alone, X Factor in general!) Jesy Nelson, Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall all auditioned in 2011 as solo artist hoping to make it big in the industry. They all made it through to boot camp and were put into 2 separate groups for a second chance, but that didn't work until the judges decided to give it another try and formed a group consisting of these four girls and the rest is history.
They are possibly the best girl group known today. Don't believe me? Please take a listen to their cover on a soulful mashup of Jason Derulo’s “Want to Want Me” and Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.”
If you're still not convinced they are the best girl group known right now, then you must know that Little Mix actually broke a Spice Girls chart record with their debut album, "DNA," reaching the No. 4 spot in the Top 100 charts. It's the highest debut ever for a British female group's first album, surpassing the No. 6 arrival of Spice Girls' "Spice" in 1997.
Besides this, Little Mix became the first U.K. girl group to ever win an MTV EMA’s award competing against artists like One Direction, Ellie Goulding and Sam Smith! What more can you say?!? Little Mix are the artists to watch, don't forget that name because you'll hear from them very soon since their third album, Get Weird is coming out this Friday!
I would definitely give it a shot, if you listened to their song, Lightning, above, and you love it. You will definitely love the new album because that's one of their new work for it.
What does one do when they feel like there's nothing to write about? They express it. They write it.
Everyday, it's becoming harder and harder for me to write and I think this is because I let myself go way too much. There's so many things I could write that the results become infinity! I seem to be complaining or talking a lot about how I don't know where my blog is going and now I realized that it may be because of letting go. I love what I write, but I know for a fact that I don't want my blog to just be whatever it is now. This has not shown all the things I'm capable of doing-that's just a side of me.
I'm thinking about writing more towards music, arts, entertainments and social interactions. That seems like a good idea or a great start to think of. I love writing the mini story but as I'm writing the plot and the story, it's going to take time and a week or a few days won't be enough.
Even though, I'm giving myself a 'topic' to write about, I feel that I still have control and freedom to write whatever I want with that topic. Besides, if it doesn't work out, I could always try again. We make mistakes to learn from them and improve for the next time. Nothing is perfect from the start, and this is just a great example of it.
If you are confused about what I mean by writing about music, arts, entertainments and social interactions- I could try to explain. Music is something that you can't escape. It draws you in and swallow you up. It influences us to feel, act and think a certain way that sometimes we're not even conscious of. I want to talk about a specific song that makes me feel a certain way. I want to talk about a certain artist that changes my thinking. I want people to see my perspective on that.
Arts and entertainments are pretty straightforward and are quite similar with music, but many might be confused when I say social interactions. If you haven't noticed, I like talking about society, our generation and somewhat our behaviour. Everywhere I go, I observe the world and focus on everyone's actions and how we isolate ourselves to interact through a screen. I just love writing about the way we do things to disconnect us while we think we're connecting and how we take advantage of the resources we have. (Okay, I just like writing in general ahaha).
This isn't a re-introductory, it's another chapter. I'm going to write whatever I feel and what I feel is from me. I realized that people won't all like what I do, say or write, but that's okay because as long as I'm writing and expressing myself the way I want to, I'm happy.
Mistakes are meant to happen. Nothing is perfect because if it was-then you haven't reach the end yet.