Monday, October 10, 2011

Music Monday: An Album: "Own the Night" Lady Antebellum

I know I wrote about Lady Antebellum last week in Music Monday, but since purchasing their CD "Own the Night" last week, and listening to it over and over in the last week, it merits another post, not just about one song, but about the whole album.

I can't tell you the last time that I actually purchased a CD.  Last week, I bought two.   They were both Lady Antebellum.  I knew that I wanted "Own the Night" because I had listened to a couple of songs on Spotify, and loved them.  Interesting side note: I got a new car at the end of May, and had yet to play a CD in it.  When I put in my new Lady A CD, it said "Disk 1," so I discovered that I actually have a 6 CD changer in my car, and never knew it!

Back to the CD, I have probably already worn it out, just listening to the first 3 songs.  I mentioned two of them in the last post, but the third one is "Dancing Away with my Heart."  I fell in love with this song the very first time that I heard it.  I don't know if its just that I'm in a place in my life right now where I relate to the lyrics, or what, but I love the whole album.  There are a few catchy songs that you will catch yourself singing along with, such as "Friday Night" along with slower more meaningful songs like "Cold as Stone."

Check it out! I promise, next week, I will try to chose a different artist :)

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

A Big "Fat" Response to a Pirate Rant

In every edition of our campus newspaper, The East Carolinian, there is a section called "Pirate Rants."  This is an anonymous opinion section where students can write 'rants' about things on campus or relating to student life.  People often talk about their roommate troubles or talk smack about other students.

I remember when I first started reading the TEC, way back when I was a student the first time, Pirate Rants used to be funny, entertaining little snip-its that gave me something to read in between classes.  I don't remember them being hateful or mean spirited, as some of them seem to be now.  Last Thursday, after my Southern Lit class, I picked up a copy of the TEC, and just like every other time, I turned straight to the Pirate Rants.  While reading one rant, I got a little upset.
To the horribly gross fat girl in my English 1100 class: PLEASE, for the love of God, do not sit where I can see you anymore. I cannot concentrate on the lecture when I have a disgusting gelatinous blob of nasty whale blubber staring at me.
Seriously?  How dare you suggest that a person stay out of your sight because she is overweight?  I'm sure that this girl probably struggles with her feelings regarding her weight enough, without some insensitive a-hole writing a Pirate Rant about her.  It is a sad society that we live in when being overweight is considered to be "horribly gross."

Obviously, this particular rant struck a very personal nerve with me.  As someone who has been overweight for most of my life, this offended me.  However, I think that even if I were not overweight that I would have felt the same way about it.  People that are overweight or fat, are stereotyped into being these nasty, lazy, human beings.  That simply isn't true.  There are many reasons that a person can be overweight.

It made me angry that such a prejudiced rant would even be published.  And while the TEC will claim that it is freedom of expression, I feel that some editorial discretion should have been exercised with this rant.  I highly doubt that if a rant suggesting that someone of a minority race or of a different sexual orientation not sit in the line of sight of a student were submitted, that it would published.  This rant was just as judgemental as a rant of that nature would be.

If you are so shallow that having a fat person in your eyesight makes you lose concentration, then you are the one that has the problem. This reminds me of the Marie Claire article that came out when the TV show Mike & Molly premiered.  The author, Maura Kelly, said that she would be grossed out if she had to watch two characters that have fat rolls kissing each other on TV.  After lots of criticism, she published an apology.

Today, two Pirate Rants were published in response to this particular rant.  By writing this post, I am validating one of them:
The only people that are offended by the girl posting the “whale blubber” rant are the ones that have the blubber. 
However, I'm sure that more people were offended.  I was particularly happy to see the other response:
To the so-called “horribly gross fat girl in the English 1100 class”: You are beautiful regardless of what size you are. Don’t ever forget that. 
This "horribly gross fat girl" often forgets that.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Music Monday: We Owned The Night

I love Lady Antebellum... I don't think that I've ever heard one of their songs that I didn't instantly love.  Their newest album "Own the Night" came out a few weeks ago, and the first two singles from that record, "Just A Kiss" and "We Owned the Night" are amazing.

They performed on SNL this past weekend and did both songs.  I really like the lyrics of "We Owned the Night"

Tell me have you ever wanted
Someone so much it hurts?
Your lips keep trying to speak
But you just can't find the words

When the summer rolls around
And the sun starts sinking down
I still remember you
Oh, I remember you
And I wonder where you are 

Saturday, October 1, 2011

My Dialect/ Southern Accent

I don't normally "blog with a purpose" like this, but it is something that I might start doing from time to time.  After all, these things 'pop' in my head too!

I prefaced this in the video below, but I will type it out here too.  In 2 of my classes this semester, we have been talking about dialect and accents, specifically Southern accents/dialect.  This is the way that I distinguish the difference between accent and dialect (often used interchangeably).  Accent is the way that you say certain words.  Dialect is a little more complex.  It encompasses accent and includes the certain grammatical differences of certain regions/areas.

In my Language Arts class the other night, we were talking about code switching.  This is when you learn to lose your native accent and dialect in order to speaking in a more "academic" way, so that you sound more educated.  There have been students taking classes to lose their Southern accent so that they do not sound "uneducated" in job interviews or in their professional life.  An example of a celebrity that has admitted to doing this is South Carolina native, Stephen Colbert.  He observed that on television, people that spoke with a Southern accent were portrayed as "dumb," and he did not want his accent or dialect to hinder his career.

I think that everyone code switches from time to time.  Just think about when you talk on the phone.  Depending on who you are speaking with, you might change some of your word choices or speak a little differently.  I agree with my teacher that we, as teachers, need to demonstrate proper "Standard American English" when we are teaching.  We have to model this practice for our students.  However, if one of my students does not speak with "proper" English, I will not freak out... until they write that way.  I cannot stand when people "write the way they talk" in professional or academic writings.  Written English has certain rules that everyone should follow. Good written grammar is important in a professional or academic setting (obviously blogs aren't included in this)

Here is a video I made to demonstrate my Southern accent and my dialect.  (Ignore my stupid facial expressions and the massive eye roll when I say "way up North" lol)

I am proud of my Southern accent.  If someone thinks that I am stupid, dumb or uneducated because of the way that I sound when I speak, that is their problem.  What is more important is what I am saying, and not necessarily how it sounds.

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