Black musicians deserve proper recognition at the Grammys

Over the past 60 years, the Grammys have only awarded 10 Black musicians with the coveted Album of the Year trophy. Many Black artists have taken note of this fact and decided not to attend the ceremony this year. The 61st Annual Grammy Awards took place Sunday night, and noticeably missing from the star-studded list of performances were nominees Drake, Childish Gambino and Kendrick Lamar. Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich told the New York Times he offered all three men performance spots but he was turned down by each. “The fact of the matter is,” Ehrlich told the Times, “When they don’t take home the big prize, the regard of the academy, and what the Grammys represent continues to be less meaningful to the hip-hop community, which is sad.” The Grammys have famously snubbed many Black musicians for some of their most critically acclaimed work in recent years, instead, opting to give them their wins in the Best Urban Contemporary Album category. Beyoncé and Frank Ocean both won in the Best Urban Contemporary Album category but were shut out of any Album of the Year wins for “Channel Orange,” “Lemonade” or Beyoncé’s self-titled album. I’d argue that all three of those

By | 2019-02-11T10:34:55-07:00 Feb 10, 2019 | 6:16 pm|Categories: Arts & Life, Columns, Showcase, Today|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Baby it’s banned outside

It took 74 years for radio listeners to realize the song, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” by Frank Loesser should have been cut before it ever hit the airwaves. The 1944 Christmas “classic” promotes the idea of date rape, as the lyrics describe a man pressuring a woman to stay while she repeats “no, no, no,” and insists on leaving his house. When the woman is telling the man she needs to leave, the man rebounds her suggestion with “baby, it’s cold outside.” Even though this song may seem cheesy or harmless at first, the man is disturbingly coercive if you really listen to the lyrics of the song. The same goes for the performance of the song in the 1949 musical “Neptune’s Daughter,” as the man advances several times, blocking the woman’s path to exit his house. “I ought to say ‘no, no, no, sir (Mind if I move in closer?),’” you can see the  persistence the man took when getting denied a couple times. We live in a time where it’s common for women to experience sexual harassment in the workplace or get cat-called on the street. According to NSVRC, 91 percent of victims of rape and sexual assaults

By | 2018-12-12T00:02:19-07:00 Dec 12, 2018 | 12:02 am|Categories: Columns, Opinions|Tags: , , , , , |

The ultimate finals playlist

Music is an integral part of my life. So much so, I can barely go more than an hour without putting my mangled headphones in my ears — yes, I’m sadly Airpod-less. Music motivates me to get through anything, whether it’s cleaning, exercising or studying. With finals season quickly approaching, I always like to be well equipped in my musical arms, ready for the proverbial hell week. While some people can only stand to listen to music that either has no words or strictly comes from the lofi Youtube station featuring the girl eternally bored while scribbling in her notebook, I find comfort in music that I would normally listen to on a daily basis. Although the music isn’t my usual, upbeat music I have in my line-up — and it’s a long one. Instead of sitting in silence with your eyes glued to your computer, staring at an essay you definitely didn’t procrastinate on, listen to these top eight tunes from my go-to study playlist. The complete playlist can be found on Apple Music at @faithpetrie and on Spotify using the scannable code.   “Focus” - H.E.R. As a longtime fan of H.E.R. it’s an understatement to say she

By | 2018-12-09T21:54:17-07:00 Dec 9, 2018 | 9:48 pm|Categories: Arts & Life, Music, Today|Tags: , , , |

Wires, cords and laptops create music

Instead of completing homework and assignments on their laptops, the four students of the Laptop Ensemble choose to create music with them. The students self-composed and performed five pieces at the Gerald Daniel Recital Hall Wednesday night using a software, Max to create “patches,” of the composition itself. “[The ensemble] is experimental sound art,” said Professor Martin Herman, director of the ensemble. “The thought was, ‘Is there a way to play chamber music with laptops?’ We wanted to take [laptops] and make it interactive, making music with it.” As audience members walked into the room, a soothing buzz akin to vibrations was heard and attendees were immediately immersed. The song “[resilience],” composed by Cameron Johnston, highlights a sustainable way of living, according to Herman. The stage was a tangle of cords and wires with only the glow from the Apple symbol on their laptops and their faces lit by the screens. All the laptops were hooked up to a controller where the four students twisted knobs and swayed with the sounds they created. “Hey Siri, play piano,” someone called out, and the sounds became distorted and chaotic as multiple clips overlapped and wove together. Cameron Johnston composed a second part

By | 2018-12-01T00:44:45-07:00 Nov 30, 2018 | 10:30 pm|Categories: Arts & Life, Events, Fine Arts|Tags: , |

Donald Trump has driven away musical rights from his rallies

It’s no secret that Donald Trump is a hot topic, and not in a good way. In fact, a poll taken by CNN indicates that 45 percent of Americans rate Trump’s job performance as poor, while 20 percent rate his performance as excellent, 20 percent as good, and 13 percent as fair. There is also an extensive list of singer/songwriters who dislike Trump so much, they have gone as far as informing him that he is not allowed to use their music at his rallies, and publicly announcing their distaste for him. Artists including Neil Young, Steven Tyler, Adele, Pharrell Williams, Rihanna, as well as the bands The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Guns N’ Roses and Twisted Sister, and even deceased artists including George Harrison, Luciano Pavarotti and Prince (whose family members and representatives have spoken for them), have said they want nothing to do with Trump or his rallies. The artists have delivered the requests to Trump in various ways, ranging from polite requests to near threats. For example, the remaining members of Queen said, “Regardless of our views on Mr. Trump’s platform, it has always been against our policy to allow Queen music to be used as a political

By | 2018-11-26T21:36:54-07:00 Nov 26, 2018 | 9:36 pm|Categories: Columns, Opinions|Tags: , , , , |
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