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Art Talk, Episode 5

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It is officially afternoon on my day of illness and pain, and I have not done any homework like I said I would, and for that I am SO PROUD!! I’ve been sitting here playing ukelele and being sick and smelling like a sick person all day. Allie brought me crackers and yogurt and bananas, which according to Google are good things to eat when pooping yourself inside out.

I ALSO want to show all you home-people my haircut, which I like and forgot to show you because Georgia. LOOK AT ME NOW!

THIS IS A PHOTO OF ME THAT I TOOK ACCIDENTALLY WHEN TRYING TO MAKE A VIDEO AND ALSO HAD LONG HAIR:

THIS IS THE PHOTO I TOOK OF MY NEW HAIR AND SENT TO HEATHER RIGHT AFTER CRAZY MOROCCAN GUY CUT IT:

AND THIS IS WHAT I LOOK LIKE RIGHT NOW:

I AM PRETTYTYTYTYYYYYYYYYY

The Art Part of this post

Also, I looked like that when I made the song I posted for you below. YEAH. SINGING SONGS CURLED ON BED SICK.

Also, Art Talk! I know that I’ve only posted around 2 of them, but this is Episode 5 because I have 3 that I started a long time ago and never got around to finishing. Oh, well.

Today, we’re going to appreciate JUST DO IT RIGHT NOW MUSIC! This is a porpoisefully (yes I mean that) unedited cover of an awesome song that I first heard Ernie play in Georgia. It’s called Built for This by Ben Sollee. So here’s the challenge: cover it on 1st takes only, no editing, no listening to what you did, just DO IT and POST IT. So, I listened to Ben Sollee’s version on youtube a couple times, got the lyrics from the internet, played it through a couple times, and then boop! Recorded, no tag backs. On garageband, with Mr. MacBook’s built-in mic. Nothing fancy, just me and a ukelele.

It’s all part of this new bit I’m working on: make music. Just–make music.

And don’t worry about it.

Yogurt and Dates and SONG and Art Talk, Part I

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Sometimes all we have time for is a quick lunch of yogurt and dates, purchased from a hanout in between the university and Qalam.  That sounds really exotic and cool, but really it’s just liquidiy go-gurtish stuff and dates.

Also, on our way home today, Allie bought EFFloads of ingredients for trail mix. Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday lunch problem = SOLVED. I got next round, guuuuuurl! YESSSS!

YUMMMMMMMM

Today, Allie, Sarah and I decided to explore Marjane, a faraway department store, which is tucked behind a mallish sort of thing full of pricey European-ish shops. The sharp divide between rich and poor jumped out of the ordinary and seemed so strange all over again as we wandered, bewildered, through aisles of clothing, food, toys, and office supplies. Everyone there looked pretty posh and bouzhie (I have no idea how to spell that), and though it looked familiarly U.S.ian, it was a bit off-putting. What is this place? we asked one another. It’s hard to understand how this sort of store can even exist within a 10-mile radius of the medina and kasbah we are learning to call home. I bought a notebook for school and a bar of chocolate, and was slightly relieved to leave.

Here in Morocco (though I have seen exceptions to this rule), it seems as though either people are loaded and rolling, or lower-middle-class or poorer. A longstanding and controversial question amongst Moroccan sociologists remains: is there a Moroccan middle class? If so, who are they, and how do we define middle class? If not, how should we go about creating one?

All this and more, when Katie returns to Social Issues, sometime in the future. And now, for something completely different!

I’m starting a new series in this blog, just like Gender Talk, except this one is about Art, and it’s called Art Talk.

Art Talk, Part I!

Welcome to Art Talk, where self-consciousness comes to DIE!!!!!

(Stroke mustache, educated flim-flam flobble wobble. Imagine me wearing a monocle.)

(wait a minute)

yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees.

DONE.

Let’s talk about Art! For the longest time, the only piece of original music I’d show anyone would be a sanitary final draft, after lots of takes and edits, with layers of stuff on top of layers of stuff, and it would all be very self-conscious and excuse-ridden. NO MORE, I SAY, declares Captain First Draft, NO MORE!!!!

This is something I Thought a little while ago: thoughts don’t have to be profound, and art doesn’t have to be good. All too often we try to show off only the flawless and seemingly effortless final version of whatever it is we’ve created, whether it’s Art or Writing or LookAtMyGreatPersonality or whatever. What about a celebration of bad art? Of works in progress? What about the pursuance of lower-case art, without getting caught up in all that guilt and self-consciousness?  The rough draft exhibits the raw creative energy we put into creating the song in the first place; who would want to lose that?

Now, when I make silly videos of me singing: instead of trying to sing perfectly, I just decided to sing happily, sing like I’m super glad to be singing, sing honestly, and (most of all) be excited for people to see it, flaws, awesomeness, all the above. So, due to overwhelming popular request (one person), I think it’s time for another video of me sinnnngiiiinnnngggggg!!!!!!

WOOOOOOO!!!

EDIT: the first video I uploaded was the wrong one, hahaha. It is still included below, because that’s hilarious. I’m uploading the right one right now, but it’s taking forreeeevvvverrrrrr.

EDIT 2: Okay, here’s the right video, lulzipoops!

…and THIS is me telling off Photo Booth for being dumb and not wanting to record audio.