Tag: Music

Rant: Judging Music Tastes

Okay guys. I got a bone to pick. WHY DO PEOPLE JUDGE OTHERS’ MUSIC?

So a few weeks ago, my friends and I were sharing our Spotifys with each other (mine’s @sqq100). So my friends were both like “lol, so don’t judge what I listen to…” And I have issues with that.

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Photo Credits, editing mine, feat: PicMonkey

Music is a form of expression. People express themselves through what they listen to, and other people should not judge others based on how they express themselves.

Okay so ^ sounded EXTREMELY liberal. 😄 Obviously, there should be some restrictions in place.  I hope I’m not friends with someone who ‘expresses themself’ via drinking or whatever, but I do firmly believe that YOU listen to what makes YOU happy.

(Also, scientifically speaking, the chords and stuff in music may appeal strongly to someone’s brain and how it’s wired, and be completely repulsive to others’, similar to favorite colors and such.)

THE OTHER THING. People complain about language/content (violence etc) in music. Like they (they = some Christians) boycott everything with any trace of any language/content in their music, but then proceed to watch movies/read books with language/content in it? I’m all for filtering out content and only listening to “clean” stuff, but still, if you’re going to apply this logic to music, you might as well apply it to all media you’re going to interact with! If you’re only going to listen to Christian music, then also only watch Christian movies and read Christian books. LIKE WAT IT JUST DOESN’T MAKE SENSE.

I’m a classical musician, so I listen to a lot of classical music. Does that equate to my opening up myself to criticism and judging from my peers who listen to “contemporary” music? UM I CERTAINLY DON’T THINK SO. In the same way, I don’t think that people who listen to “contemporary” music should be attacked by people who listen to more “conservative music.”

I also listen to a bunch of music that aren’t really classified as “Christian” music to listen to. I listen because of the chords, of the progressions, of the vocalizations. While okay, people might be displeased with why I listen to, it’s still not an option to judge me as a person based on what I listen to.

(Also, by jingo, I listen to Christmas music in September, and I hope to goodness that nobody ever judges me for that XD)

Another thing. The music pastor at our church said something recently that made a lot of sense. He played a Middle C, and asked whether that was a “Christian” note or not. Naturally, that’s not a thing. A C’s a C, and it cannot be classified as “Christian” or not. In the same way, music cannot be classified as “Christian” or “nonChristian”. SO STAHP TALKING ABOUT HOW YOU’RE ONLY GOING TO LISTEN TO CHRISTIAN MUSIC. Christian music uses the same chords as secular music, and while the words may be different, I don’t see it as an indicator as to how “spiritual” a person is.

One more thing. Music often correlates with memories, feelings, or emotions for people. It may be for sentimental reasons, or it may just be the music playing in the background when something happened. Whatever the case, it is important to THEM as part of who they are.

If you tell them that you don’t like that song, or don’t think they should be listening to that song, you may be disregarding what sentimental values that they have attached to that song, and that’s obviously important.

Music is a form of art, and not everyone likes the same art.

Am I saying that it’s wrong to share playlists, or to talk about why you don’t like music? Of course not! I’m just saying that it probably isn’t the best thing to judge someone based on their music tastes.

I’m sorry if I’ve offended anyone here…I’m an ESFP, and I’m terrible at communicating myself through words, unlike some of my beautiful ISFP/INTJ/whatever bloggy friends, who are able to write beautiful poetry and thoughts and everything. I hope, at least, that this makes some sense. 😄


I realise that I probably have a different view of this topic than most other Christian people. What do you think? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

Media This Month: April 2017

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Musical Finds-

Cool Blogposts Read

I didn’t read many blogposts this month, due to that thing called LIFE. Here are the legit two I saw XDD

10 Things About Books I Shall Give Vague Pterodactyl Screams Over And Then Fall On My Head (by Cait @ Paper Fury)

Positivity (by Bonnie @ Bonnie’s Blessings)

Great Videos Watched

Twitter Finds

 

Media This Month: March 2017

lookit, another month where I forgot to keep track of my favorites! (I’ll learn sometime…we hope XD)

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Musical Finds

Cool Blogposts Read

Growing Older by Katie Grace

Running Out of Time by Olivia

You Might be Homeschooled If….(Don’t Fill In the Blank) by Abbie

Great Videos Watched

Twitter Finds

The Blue Sky Tag || Tags (umm, duh) || In which I do a bunch of self promo that I didn’t intend to and also lots of gifs

Hey everyone! I was tagged by Abi Leah from Happily Abi for the Blue Sky Tag! Thank you, Abi!

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Rules:

1.Thank the person who tagged you
2.Answer their 11 questions
3.Tag 11 people
4.Give them 11 questions to answer

Questions and Answers!

  1. What is your favorite song?
    Um. So I’m pretty sure it’s not possible to only have ONE favorite song, but I really  like True Colors (particularly this cover), Oceans, as well as anything HAMILTON (duh?!), and this Roar/Brave mashup
  2. What new restaurant//cafe//coffee shop have you been to recently?
    Hm. I don’t really go to restaurants/cafes/coffee shops, but I’d love to!
  3. What books do you love to read?
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    Anything historical fiction! Also non-romance contemprary, and not-too-gory mysteries/crime/stuffs. As for authors, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Agatha Christie, Beverly Cleary, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. (also ps my GoodReads is in the sidebar: follow me there *googles “how to self-promo bc I can’t”*)
  4. What is your favorite type of music?
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    Well, I’m a big fan of classical, because I’m a musician, so I like to listen to talented persons. 🙂 Aside from that, I like soundtracks: the Sound of Music, The Fiddler on the Roof, and lots of stuff like that. My “About” page has a rather comprehensive list of music that I like.
  5. How do you come up with blog posts? IM BRILLIANT.
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    No, but seriously. I do a bunch of book reviews, so there’s that. I also do Currently posts and Monthly Recaps, and also some Bullet Journal posts, and a bunch of random stuff that I randomly decide to do, like recipes and crafts, and thoughts, and….yeah, just *stuff* that I come up with.
  6. Why did you start blogging?
    Initially, I wanted to make a website showcasing all the things I had learned from doing rocks and minerals in Science Olympiad, so I started a small website (which is still active but which I will not link because it’s so cringy) that included a small blog filled with random thoughts that me as a middle schooler had. (and also thus why my site is called RocksandMinerals4Him) Many of these thought posts are now at my blogger blog (which I don’t really use anymore either).As for this blog, I had to create a WordPress username for a cooperate blog for school, so I made a blog then. I randomly decided to post my New Years Resolutions for 2015 one day, and then just got started “officially” blogging!
  7. What is the best thing to do on a rainy day?
    Stay inside and knit! knittingfuriously

    Or read. Or cook food. Or blog.

  8. How has this month been so far?
    Well, there’s only been 6 days (at the time of writing) so far, so I mean, it’s not been bad. Lots of school, blogging, stuff. The weather’s been pretty nice so far, so I like it.
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  9. What do you love to do outside of school//work?
    This question has mostly been answered up above, but I love to play music, knit, read, cook, and pretend I can do artsy things.
  10. What is your favorite comfort food? Hmmmm….I don’t know. I think it varies with how I feel…cookies, ice cream, chips and dip, cheese…it’s all junk, hehe.COOKIES ARE THE BEST THOUGH. HAVE YOU SEEN ME BLOG ABOUT COOKIES YET?
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  11. Where is your favorite place to visit?
    THE LIBRARY. or Barnes and Nobles. Or anyplace with books.
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I just realized that I hyperlinked a. lot. of things. Like a. lot. Ooops sorrynotsorry

Tagged Peoples

  1. A Girl Saved by God’s Grace
  2. Gabriella from A Heart Redeemed
  3. Bernie from A Bounce in Your Step
  4. Bonnie from Bonnie’s Blessings
  5. Brooklyn from Brooklyn Writes
  6. Hayley from Flourishing by Restful Falls
  7. Jeneca from Jeneca Writes
  8. Hailey from Now All I Know is Grace
  9. Chloe from Rustling Thoughts
  10. Brooke from Sunflower Soup
  11. Grace from The Girl Upstairs

My Questions

  1. What’s a memory from your childhood that’s particularly vivid?
  2. What is your favorite music artist?
  3. What are your pet peeves?
  4. What takes up too much of your time?
  5. What websites do you visit the most often?
  6. What is something that you’ll NEVER do again?
  7. What’s your favorite drink?
  8. What’s the most illegal thing you’ve done?
  9. What’s your favorite smell (if you have one?)
  10. If you wrote an autobiography, what would you name it?
  11. What place do you most want to travel to?

AAAANNNND that’s it. Thanks again, Abi!

Media This Month: February 2017

*cue me scrolling through an entire month’s worth of YouTube history, WordPress reader, Blogger reader, and Twitter*

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Musical Finds-

YOU GUYS. THIS IS A BLOGGY FRIEND

Cool Blogposts Read-

You Should Homeschool by Naomi

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Rainbows Shouldn’t Be a Sign of Our Pride by Hayley

Bonnie’s Opinion: I am Pro-Choice?!?!

that’s why our ribs are cages by Clara

Great Videos Watched-

k so like this is an accurate representation of me singing Hamilton

and because BABY

Twitter Finds-

 

Media This Month: January 2017

Usually I do a “What Happened This Month” recap every month, but this month I’m going to try something different. The WHTM posts are getting really big and hard to load, so I’m splitting it up into a “Media This Month” post with the new media I found this month and a “What Happened This Month” with a monthly summary and highlights and stuff.

We’ll see how it works.

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Musical Finds-

Just…ALL THE HAMILTON. But aside from that,

Cool Blogposts Read-

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How Are You So Productive, Aimee by Aimee…who knew?

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21 Answers to the Question “What are You Planning to do in Your Future?” by Rebekah

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16 Things I Learned in 2016 by Autumn

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My Dad, Mostly, by Olivia

Great Videos Watched-

Twitter Finds-

So, how did you like this? Do you prefer this separate from the rest of the lifestyle stuff? Are there other categories would you like to see?

10 Things I’ve Learned From Teaching Piano

This last year, I started teaching piano to the kids of one of my mom’s friends. Although I’d thought I knew what it would be like, I didn’t guess at what I’d learn through teaching.
Teaching’s easy, right?
You sit there, they sit there, you point to the music, they play. Simple, right?
Well apparently not.
Here are 10 things that I’ve learned from teaching piano that I didn’t expect.

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  1. Even the basics are hard. Try to explain what a note is. Or a beat. Or the whole measure thing. Or time signatures. Or keys. Nothing’s simple.
  2. You can go fast, but then you’ll have to go slow. I started out my students fast, but at a point it started getting too hard, too fast, and I had to slow down.
  3. They will never know how much angst you put into teaching. When I first started teaching, I was perpetually overwhelmed by feeling like I was going to fail. Did I ever tell them? No. They’ll never know.
  4. Not practicing is the worst thing to do. Not only are you frustrated because you’re playing the same thing again, the teacher’s frustrated because she’ll feel like she failed.
  5. When the teacher gives you a choice as to which piece to learn, CHOOSE! As a student, I hate choosing when the teacher gives me a choice, but as a teacher, I want students to want to play music, and letting them choose is the best way to do it.
  6. Teaching is one of the most awesome things in life. What could possibly be better than transferring something you love with your whole person and allowing someone else to love it as well?
  7. You’re probably a better teacher than you think you are. While this probably isn’t true for everyone, I know at least for me, I could never have thought I had this level of teaching prowess.
  8. Different people learn different ways…and that’s okay. I’m teaching two kids whose learning styles are ultra different. They learn differently, so teach them at their own pace. Let them set the pace.
  9. Let them play what they want to play. They may not want to play a classical hymn with a teacher accompaniment. If there is any special request to play a piece, I’ll do my best to find that piece at their level so that they can play it.
  10. Never sit in a chair with wheels while teaching. It might get pulled out while you’re in the process of sitting down, causing you to sit down HARD on the floor and losing all your sense of dignity. Also all heck will break loose, and it’s not pretty. Particularly not in front of the parents.

And there you have it. 10 things about teaching piano that I have found out from teaching.

It’s not been all sunshine and rainbows so far, but I’m loving it, and I’m looking forward to more teaching!

What Happened This Month: December 2016 || Blogmas Day 30

So how on EARTH is it the day before the last day of 2016?! Let’s begin, shall we?

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Highlights-

  • Cookie baking
  • Christmas concert
  • Doing Blogmas
  • CHRISTMAS FINALLYchristmas
  • Playing flute in the Christmas Eve and Christmas church services
  • Going on a family trip

Awesome-

  • When you follow 123 people on Twitter, 123 people on Instagram, and have 123 written blogposts at the same time
  • When you find Diego Rivera from the PSAT on a SAT/ACT prep question…
  • WHEN YOU LEARN HOW TO MAKE CLICKY PICTURES ON THE BLOGGY BECAUSE WORDPRESS DOESNT DO IT FOR YOU
  • When a guy tells you to go on Pinterest to look up something

Awkward-

  • That ONE WEEK you’re on top of things and post homework early, no one else does so you can’t reply and get full credit.
  • WHEN YOU DO WORSE ON YOUR PSAT THAN YOU DID ON YOUR PSAT 10
  • When you go for 4 days without checking Insta and Twitter and get so behind that you don’t even bother to catch up
  • When you forget to post on both Instagram and Twitter on Christmas
  • WHEN YOU GET A PRETTY DANG AWESOME SAT SCORE BUT GET A 3 ON THE ESSAY ON A SCALE OF 2 TO 8…. AND NOW HAVE TO TAKE IT AGAIN
  • When the first semester is officially over and I still don’t know how to pronounce the last name of my calc teacher, because asynchronous online courses…
  • When all the paperwork together for your online course is literally 8 inches thick, thus disproving the fact that online stuffs are more environmentally friendly
  • When an essay prompt is “Elaborate on your academic and personal experiences with science and tell us WHAT MAKES YOU HUNGRY FOR MORE?”
  • When colleges email you and ask you to apply but don’t tell you WHAT STATE THEYRE IN.

That Moment When-

  • You learn the hard way that unless you like really, really cold showers, don’t be that idiot that showers last.
  • You get flooded with blogmas posts to read and vlogmas videos to watch but still have to study for finals
  • You find out that it’s National Wear a Plunger on Your Head Day (LIKE WHAT EVEN)
  • You finally stalk the twitters of people you actually know in real life for the first time since you’ve made a twitter in 2014.
  • WordPress tells you to to upgrade to “rockandminerals4him.blog” for $22, when you could move to “rockandminerals4him.com” for $15
  • Colleges be like “Congratulations on your recent outstanding academic achievements, NOW COME PAY ME A LOT OF MONEY MUAHAHAHA”
  • Autocorrect changes “is” to “Ida” because OBVIOUSLY “Ida” is more commonly used than “is”

Musical Finds-

Cool Blogposts Read-

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How to Make Origami Lucky Stars by Cait @ Paper Fury

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The Blogger Yearbook!!! (Morning at Ups and Downs)

Great Videos Watched-

Quotes-

Me: “I literally haven’t seen you in nearly two weeks”

Him: “Right?! Literally same”

Practicing-

  • Wyman’s Silvery Waves Original Theme with Variations, piano
  • Bach’s Inventio 5, piano
  • Mozart’s Sonata, K 545, Mvt. 1, piano
  • Chopin’s Valse Op. 64, No 2; piano
  • Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata
  • Kabalevsky’s Sonatina Op. 13, No. 1, Mvt 3
  • Same plethora of music for flute for band:
    • Symphonic Dances (an arrangement of a bunch of dances from Fiddler on the Roof)
    • Suite of Old American Dances
    • Lassus’ Trombone
    • John Williams in Concert
  • A few jazz pieces for Bari Sax that I play on bassoon for jazz band
    • The Christmas Song
    • Go Tell It on the Mountain
    • Silver Bells
    • Jingle Bells

Twitter Finds-

Blog News-

Posts-

A lot, because of blogmas. Here you go.

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