This little blog post is the last thing I’ll ever write for the the State Press. It feels appropriate that despite the often more than 3,000-word features I’ve written, this one last piece of me gets to be a casual, mere fragment of what the State Press offers as a glorious whole.
Reminiscing becomes an unavoidable joy and curse when only a matter of days stands before a college graduation. Just like every other student who’s contributed to a school publication, I find myself tracing the journey, the ups and downs, the follies and triumphs that have somehow forged the writer I am today. Honestly, I’m still getting to know her.
I’ve written for the State Press since I was a freshman. Thank you to everyone, from family to strangers, who has given me feedback on anything that’s been published. The only thing more helpful than positive reinforcement is candid criticism. For what it’s worth, this final semester has truly been my favorite. I’ve been able to explore new friendships, hobbies and yes, music, that used to appear just beyond my reach.
May 2, 2014 at 7:00 am
Well, it has been one heck of a semester. I’ve done more than I ever thought I would do in a mere five months, but it’s about time that I wrap up my blog here. This will be my final post for the ASU State Press Magazine and the goodbye is bittersweet.
Over this semester, I have learned a lot about what inspires me and what inspires others. I’ve taken a good look at why inspiration is such a vital part of our daily lives. Even with all of my research and experience, I have yet to understand humans.
But I’ve come to learn that everyone needs something to work towards — an end goal, a progress point, or an ideal. Life without goals is pretty, but empty. I don’t mean careers or money or some sort of beauty standard. I mean the intrinsic goals that we keep deep inside of us.
May 2, 2014 at 12:00 am
It’s hard to sift through a music news site or blog without stumbling across the name “Chet Faker.” Faker, 24, is an Australian singer who dabbles in electronic, R&B, soul and jazz, with an unsurprising musical influence derived from Chet Baker and Motown.
He gained unanticipated industry leverage through the widespread success of his “No Diggity” cover, the iconic Blackstreet song that set a precedent for ‘90s R&B. It was featured in the 2013 Super Bowl commercial for Beck’s Sapphire Beer: The rest is history.
Although he teased us with an infectiously catchy 2012 EP that showcased the provocative track “Into You” and his beloved “No Diggity,” fans had to wait until April 15, 2014, to get their hands on a bonafide album. (Also worthy of mention is Faker’s collaborative three tracks featuring Flume in “Lockjaw.”)
April 23, 2014 at 9:47 am
“What’s the point of thinking about how it’s going to end when it’s just the beginning?” – Judy Blume, “Summer Sisters”
As we near the end of the semester, it’s easy to forget that there’s still a plethora of knowledge to uncover in the midst of finals and classes ending. Sometimes it can feel like the end of the world when we’re struggling to finish that last research essay and we forget that we have the rest of our academic career – the rest of our lives – ahead of us.
I remember when I read this Judy Blume book, “Summer Sisters,” right before summer hit. It captured everything I thought the season should be and it caused me to contemplate the things that were happening in my life at the time. Judy Blume has been a staple in my literary diet, it seems. I first read “Freckle Juice” in the third grade and since then she has appeared on my bookshelf time and time again.
April 23, 2014 at 9:38 am
April 21, 2014 at 9:48 am
I think it’s really important to feel like a badass motorcyclist sometimes. There’s nothing more liberating than putting on the badass-motorcyclist equivalent of shoes (i.e. Converse or black combat boots) and blaring some rock ‘n’ roll in the morning while you pour yourself a bowl of cereal. No matter how blasé you feel about the day ahead, a little inspiration can harness the blues into something much cooler. And with that, I’m fairly sure I just gave away my favorite (and probably only) life tip.
A lot of what I listen to falls into this category, but it really ranges from Americana to more bluesy rock. Take a listen, you renegade.
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (BRMC) – Literally named after Marlon Brando’s motorcycle gang in a 1950s film, BRMC pretty much takes the cake for contemporary badass rock music. Reminiscent of classics such as The Rolling Stones and The Velvet Underground, its garage sound is sort of like an angsty older brother of The Black Keys. It’s a timeless group—one that isn’t constrained by genres or decades.
April 17, 2014 at 12:00 am
Making the wrong decision is a part of life. It’s one of those inevitable occurrences in life. And these decision don’t come in one form. They can be emotional, physical, mental, or financial. Life is about risk. Sometimes, you succeed beyond anything you could’ve imagined. Other times, you fail and have to live with the consequences.
We all make bad choices, but it’s how we deal with those choices that makes all the difference. As humans, we’re ruled by our impulses, our feelings, and those spur of the moment indulgences. We do what feels right and sometimes we let our hearts overrule our basic logic.
There’s no real formula or solution for fixing mistakes. We have to face to up to them and do our best to survive the fallout. Our right choices may take us on the path we want to be on, but it’s our wrong choices that help us build character.
April 16, 2014 at 1:40 pm
After about twenty seconds into Book of Shred’s music video “Straight Up,” it’s easy to see that Robbie Cohen and incoming ASU junior Colin Denker don’t take themselves too seriously. Clad in brightly colored mismatched sweatbands, sunglasses, tanks and short-shorts, the duo quite literally hop around to display what I can only assume are their “special occasion” dance moves.
Their music is another story—obviously something they do take very seriously. And rightfully so. The “Straight Up” music video off their debut album “Nobody’s Home” feels bold thematically. Instead of settling for the moody, please-respect-me-as-an-artist pretentiousness that in many ways would have been a much safer bet, these two do justice to their album through offering so much more: personality. Their album, like their video, doesn’t have anything “debut” about it. In fact, it’s already featured on ASU’s beloved radio station, The Blaze.
April 15, 2014 at 12:00 am
In April, we have the great opportunity to enjoy and learn more about poetry.
The Academy of American Poets initiated this poetic celebration in 1996. This month celebrates the legacy of historic American poets. Meanwhile, it offers a chance for current poets and artists to come together to discover new work.
Around the country, the Academy of American Poets is hosting events throughout the month. At the same time, you can find tons of great events in Phoenix and Tempe, to feed that hunger for poetry.
April 14, 2014 at 7:00 am
People glamorize life. They look at the world through rose-colored lenses, and are torn apart when they have to face reality. Life is a game. We play and sometimes, we lose.
But many times, we win. Some get so bogged down in the shadow of their failure that the victory that comes after is bittersweet. One thing that all people should accept is the fact that failure is inevitable. Perfection is impossible. No human can succeed at everything.
But failure, or more accurately fear of failure, shouldn’t stop you from trying something new. Courage isn’t defined by the absence of fear, but by being afraid and doing it anyway. It might surprise you to know that our most rewarding experiences come from stepping out of our comfort zone.
April 9, 2014 at 10:37 am