Computers are amazing

I feel confident in saying that computers are a huge part in my life. There are games, ideas, and relationships that are all possible thanks to the invention of the computer and Internet. It has helped us develop smart phones that serve as a computer that can be held in your pocket and used almost anywhere. Computers let us create new things like websites, art, music, and videos and they let us do it with relative ease after a little learning and practice.  Continue reading “Computers are amazing”

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Spoilers)

Personal Review: This is a great movie that adds a lot to the Star Wars franchise as a whole. This movie allows for a lot of new ideas and story lines to be created based on its success. I am looking forward to the future of Star Wars and as a person who loves backstories and learning more about fictional universes, only expect more great stories to be told.

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Genres

In many forms of entertainment there are genres. In all types of genre in all types of forms many people feel like they don’t need to explore the other side. For example, in movies, people may be fine with adventure, romance, and comedy but not others like horror, sci-fi, or fantasy. Similar to my main idea in my post from last week, I think a huge and important part of life is experiencing new things and opening yourself up to new ideas and opinions.

When we talk about music it almost seems like things are even more limited. It matters where you live, how much money you have, and even what kind of mood you were in when you first started listening to it. We could tie this to things like stereotypes or just by having a completely innocent dislike of a certain genre but I think that the biggest influence that decides the kind of music that we like is our parents or important role models in our early lives. The early lives part is especially important since we are so impressionable when we are young. Think of all the things you learned early in life. Manners, habits, and music choice are some of the first ones that I think of. Of course there will be exceptions, whether it be a rebellious act or if the child just isn’t exposed to their guardian’s music taste often. Personally, I listened to hip-hop everyday on the radio when my mom drove me to school and that is why I am still a fan of it today. Over time, many people try different things and find out that they wished they had tried sooner. Even I’ll admit that I don’t listen to country just because of the things that people who don’t even listen to country will tell me.

The question behind what makes people like certain types of music is a hard question to answer and pinpoint as there are so many factors that attribute to the decision. I’m sure that many of you have heard stories of how music has changed people’s lives for the better, I ask you to search for other types of music. It doesn’t have to be drastic but by just peering through the door can yield thousands of opportunities.

P.S. I’m listening to music to help me write this.

Music and Life

In high school I was given two choices, participate in sports or do band for the next four years. I chose band because my instructor had told me that I was a good musician and would become much better with more practice. Of course any sports coach could have told me the same but his words really stuck a chord with me because I didn’t have many role models in life that persuaded or encouraged me to keep doing things. I also agreed to this because I had been in sports since I was much younger and band was something new. I think that this was one of the best decisions I have made so far because it helped me meet new people, learn more about myself, and increase my knowledge and appreciation of all kinds of music, even those that I personally don’t listen to.  This became much more apparent when I started jazz band. It was a lot different than normal concert band because of the rhythms and style that are associated with it but it was unique and is the reason why I remember a good amount of the songs we played like Straight No Chaser, Fables of Faubus, and Alamode, to name a few. Even though I loved Jazz, it took me until my senior year when I really started appreciating it and the history behind it. The big names like Louis Armstong and Miles Davis were huge inspirations and encouraged me to keep practicing when I was discouraged. Because of this I was able to perform well during my first solo in jazz. Even though I had doubts about myself, all I had to do was remember the fundamentals and things that I remembered when listening to interviews from famous jazz performers. This solo was very important to me because it was one of the first times in band where I could express myself directly to the audience.

Overall, I think that it is extremely important that you take risks in your life and open different doors that you haven’t gone through yet. All of the best experiences in life are found, not given.