Sunday, December 4, 2011

Slave Songs Legacy

 John Coltrane, an incredible jazz musician, performs a lively piece entitled "Song of the Underground Railroad. In this, he pays tribute to the roots to jazz music, slave songs. While listening to this, you can hear the deep passion in which the musicians play becuase of the history and significance of the Undergorund Railroad. Looking at the course of music, jazz derives from many types and slave songs laid the course for many genres of music. In much of modern music, including soul, R&B, etc., we can see the origins in slave songs.


John Coltrane - Song of the Underground Railroad:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTBQBtxJa6w


Monday, October 24, 2011

Brom Bones: In the Story and in the Movie

Abraham "Brom Bones" Van Brunt in "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" plays a much more significant role than Brom Van Brunt in the film adaptation Sleepy Hollow. In the short story, Brom Bones is villainous and a major threat to Ichabod's relationship with Katrina. In fact, at the end of the story, the reader is left to consider that Brom Bones is the Headless Horseman because of his enmity with Ichabod.Whereas in the film adaptation, Brom Bones is mentioned a few times (and seen in the exposition) but never poses a major threat to Ichabod. Since Burton and the screenwriters decided to change the course of the story, the adaptation eliminates Brom as any type of villain or threat to the protagonist. He is almost taken out of the story in the movie, but plays a significant role in the short story.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Digital vs. Print

After reading both Hannah and Dustin's pamphlets, I have come to the conclusion that e-books are the best option for the world of books. E-books provide a simpler solution for students especially because the ability to keep all your school books in one place not only alleviates your back of many pounds but also protects students from losing any of their books. The eco-friendliness of e-books is possibly the greatest advantage of them because with the pressing issues of global warming and deforestation, the abolition of book production would help tremendously. Though the problem does arise that not everyone's economic situation allows for a tablet or laptop computer, but I believe that government welfare should begin to provide people with tablets or laptops. All in all, I do believe that digital books are more beneficial for our society at this point.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Response to "Remarks on the Savages"

Ben--
A very fine and interesting piece you have written! Do you not agree that the Native Americans are a far more decent and welcoming culture than the English? I do not understand why you name them "savages" in the title because you yourself prove them not to be. What wonderful field work and research. I wholeheartedly agree that our own society must learn to neutrally examine other peoples and cultures. The discussion must continue and we must convince our own culture to no longer view them as "savages" for they are similar and a more hospitable culture than our own.

Monday, September 19, 2011