March 6, 2008

Honoring Hen: Marin Alsop

Posted in music, Music Industry, Uncategorized tagged , , , at 10:01 pm by Katelyn

The name Marin Alsop probably doesn’t sound familiar to most people. Even I only knew her story and not her name. She is the woman who broke the glass baton so to speak.

Alsop is the Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the first woman to ever lead a major American Symphony. In the world of classical music, where men still dominate the scene, she has broken through.

I won’t bore you with biographical details because she has so much of her life still to live. I will instead leave you with several of her quotes that I think speak to her character and the opportunity she has earned.

“I think the most challenging aspect is people’s need to focus on the fact that I’m a woman. It’s really entirely irrelevant to what I do.”

“I don’t want to give it short shrift. I want to take this responsibility of being a role model, in a certain way, and try to capitalize on it and make it easier for future generations and really make a contribution because of this circumstance I find myself in.”

“In some ways, it’s really a shame that it can be the 21st century and there can still be firsts for women. That’s disappointing. But at the same time, I’m proud. I want to try to use this opportunity to pull a spotlight onto the fact that there can still be firsts for women and we need to work harder to make those part of history, rather than part of the present.”

(quotes taken from CNN article: http://www.cnn.com/2007/SHOWBIZ/Music/09/23/alsop.baltimore/index.html)

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November 12, 2007

Anthem of a Generation?

Posted in music tagged , , , at 10:19 am by Katelyn

No doubt you’ve heard the popular song by John Mayer “Waiting on the World to Change.”  I happen to think this is a great song with great lyrics, as all John Mayer’s are in my opinion.  I recently heard a radio announcer refer to this song as John Mayer’s anthem and that got me thinking about the message it holds. 

Do you think this could be the anthem of our generation – causing us to look forward to a time when we will have the power to change things and make them right?  Or does it paint us as a generation not willing to take initiative and try to change things even when the odds are against us?   

Here are the lyrics.  Let me know what you think…

~DC

Waiting on the World to Change by John Mayer

Me and all my friends are so misunderstood

They say we stand for nothing and there’s no way we ever could

Now we see everything that’s going on with the world and those who lead it

We just feel like we don’t have the means to rise above and beat it

So we keep waiting, waiting on the world to change

It’s hard to beat the system when we’re standing at a distance

So we keep waiting, waiting on the world to change

No if we had the power to bring our neighbors home from war

They would have never missed a Christmas – no more ribbons on their door

And when you trust your television, what you get is what you got

Cause when they own the information, they can bend it all they want

That’s why we’re waiting, waiting on the world to change

We keep on waiting, waiting on the world to change

It’s not that we don’t care, we just know that the fight ain’t fair

So we keep on waiting, waiting on the world to change

One day our generation is gonna rule the population

So we keep on waiting, waiting on the world to change…

November 2, 2007

Music & Lyrics

Posted in music tagged , , at 4:53 pm by Katelyn

I thought I would try something a little different and write a weekly post on something that means a lot to me – something that I depend on to pick me up when I’m feeling down – and that is music & lyrics.  So each week I will pick a set of lyrics to post, and leave it to you to hear the music in your head.  I will try to cover different styles, different topics, and as always, I will take suggestions of your favorites for posting as well (leave them in the comment box).

Today’s pick is a piece that I sang a few years ago while accompanied on guitar by my father.  The words and their story give me goosebumps, and everytime I hear them I find new meaning in them.  I hope you enjoy!

If It’s Magic by Stevie Wonder

If It’s Magic, then why can’t it be everlasting 

Like the sun that always shines, Like the poets in this rhyme, Like the galaxies in time.

If it’s pleasing, then why can’t it be never leaving

Like the day that never fails, Like on seashores there are shells, Like the time that always tells.

It holds the key to every heart throughout the universe.  It fills you up without a bite, and quenches every thirst.

So if it’s special, then with is why aren’t we as careful

As making sure we dress in style, posing pictures with a smile, keeping danger from a child.

…So if it’s magic, why can’t we make it everlasting

Like the lifetime of the sun, it will leave no heart undone

For there’s enough for everyone.