• arts and culture

    tiktok pirates

    shanties on the high seas of the internet

    March 5, 2021
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    A few months ago, my friend sent me a TikTok. The video, captioned “When I hand my brother the aux,” features a man named Promise Uzowulu (@strong_promises on TikTok) and his brother sitting in the car and listening to music. If you’re familiar with TikTok, you may already know where this is going. His brother […]

    the many-colored cure

    music, color, and the fine line between coping and escaping

    March 5, 2021
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    At a jazz band workshop years ago, a charming clinician with a single earring told us about the splashes of red he saw each time our drummer hit the cymbals. I remember feeling a little envious, because I too wanted the music to filter through my brain and manifest in fireworks of color. But even […]

    a star drawn with my left hand

    rhythms of reality in IU’s “celebrity”

    February 25, 2021
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    Stepping into the departures terminal at SFO, my suitcase filled with various fermented Korean sauces and clothes I probably wouldn’t be wearing to Zoom University, I felt the same sense of relief wash over me that I’ve always experienced when I fly out to Providence. It had been almost nine months since I last made […]

    tapestry at 50

    politics & peoplehood amidst a pandemic

    February 25, 2021
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    On February 10, 2021, one day after Carole King turned 79, her legendary second studio album, Tapestry, celebrated its 50th birthday. Upon its release, her sophomore LP retained the #1 slot on the Billboard 100 for 15 consecutive weeks, transforming an era of music and generations of listeners, myself included, into its own tapestry of […]

    hallogallo

    how a song from 1972 restored my faith in the future

    February 18, 2021
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    When I returned home after uncontrolled spread of COVID-19 forced the university to shut down in-person operations, I was lost. In all honesty, this feeling wasn’t entirely on account of the sudden onset of a global pandemic, or the combined strain and anxiety of packing up my college life and moving back home in the […]