August 7th, 2013
Meet Jane. Jane is a music artist and singer who produces magnificent, original music. Jane has studied at university and interacts with inner city children, proving to be a classy role model in several facets. (Be sure to watch her kickstarter video below.)
For those interested in the aesthetics, you’ll be quite pleased with the philosophy behind the notes and lyrics. Her lyrics are meaningful, not void of pointless or profane ramblings that bear no substance. You won’t find any agenda behind the message. It’s just an honest expression of relations, the self, and circumstances. Songs like “River” and “I Think I’ll Go” have that sound that will certainly lure your interest and attention. Listening to “Our Time” is a mellow, smooth song that’ll be sure to have you thinking about something existential.
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February 3rd, 2012
I was speaking with a good friend of mine earlier today and she told me about why her recent ex-boyfriend broke up with her (let’s call her Jane and him Richard). Jane is in her last year as an undergraduate in theatre. Richard couldn’t come to terms with an appreciation for theatre and the arts. According to him these things are only useful if used for explicit ministerial purposes. This led to Richard breaking up with Jane. This is such a sad state of affairs. What makes this a curious situation is that I’m fairly confident this ideology is rampant in men. I often hear that if a man is in theatre, the ballet, or the arts he must be gay or feminine. I’m going to argue on the contrary. It seems that being masculine or manly has become equivocated with being macho or a rough and tough man who likes football and hockey. There’s nothing wrong with football and hockey, surely real men can like these too, but there’s more to being a masculine man than just that. Men who have an appreciation for theatre, ballet, opera, gymnastics, poetry, and the arts are men who encompass so much more about life.
Let’s primarily consider just a few of these examples. Ballet is such a beautiful feat. This is one of the most beautiful expressions of the beauty and ability of the human body. Imagine an adagio, slow graceful movements to slow music, while the woman is performing several movements and entrechats and she comes to rest in battement tendu (sliding her straightened out leg beside her). While she comes to her last position imagine the man gracefully approaching her for their final coda. He forms his body to hers for a perfect coupling. The grace, discipline, strength, and the form of dance is a spectacular demonstration of the body. It’s a presentation of how the beauty of the body can be expressed–the intimacy of the coupling of body to body.
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