relate through music

anonymous asked:

have you listened to dear Evan Hansen

ive seen a bootleg of it pretty recent and to be honest im not that fussed about it, but holy wow sincerely me is such a bop and its been stuck in my head all day

anyway heres the nerves boy::


i’ll take the fall for you. [ magnus & alec ]

anonymous asked:

What is your opinion on the whole "Taylor is missing" thing? Do you think she's using us? I personally think she's doing just fine, there's no need for high fan or public involvement two months before the album, people will just get sick of her before it actually comes out

she’s not missing, lol she’s just not living a public life now (like she hasnt been for almost a year, idk why this is surprising) bc even living a semi public life during the last era brought her constant shit and bashing. 

and this is gonna get lonnnnng but let me just use this one anon to answer the pile of similar ones i have in one post. 

 I am completely stunned if people can not see that by not being public about her life - and i dont just mean her bf, i mean the entire thing -  she is diminishing a significant majority of the reasons she got hate. is it at the expense of not being able to ‘see’ her? yes. but it’s … her life, she’s not some character in a tv show that people should be able to tune in to every other day or week and see what she’s doing and know all the details of who she is with or what she is wearing. She’s an amazing talented artist who i love but she is also a person, and she - like all famous people - deserve the chance and choice to live a life outside her career w/o everyone butting in and knowing about it. And bc of the paps and the fact everyone has a camera nowadays in their pocket, the only way to achieve that is to live as privately as possible, avoiding photographing situations and avoiding situations where walking out of a door becomes a news story. 

she’s about 10x more involved w/her fans than any other artist that i follow bc the other artists are involved 0%, so um, to that end i think anyone complaining about the level of fan involvement being disappointing or not good enough or fake or using fans is just complaining because they want more from her and to that end i would ask, aside from the fact it is rather demanding of someone to always want more, what ‘more’ do they want of her … that she can reasonably do w/o backlash for it? let’s run throught the options. first off…  interviews about her personal life ( i thought it was ‘all about the music…’?) .. interviews where even if her personal life were off-limits, and she wanted to only talk about making her music, there is no way that any interviewer would not take the opportunity to ask her about the backlash of last year, trump, kk, feminism, being hated, all that was a part of the album’s coming-together and process, and why the fuck would taylor want to sit there and be asked about all that? sounds fun, haha, not? that would all only lead to more criticism and spur the news cycle even more?  does she want another feminism 2.0? or maybe talk about her friendships which brought along the whole squad nonsense? if people can’t quite frankly see that interviews right now would inevitably or immediately be turned against her i think they were not paying attention the last 3 years and watching what happened. she’s obviously saying what she wants to say to the public via her music / mv and the way in which she is presenting her music thus far in lieu of any sit-down interview. . now that said if she decides to do interviews then fantastic, i would love them too, i’ll be the first to read them,  but i have to say if she doesnt, then i can 150% understand why not. Why set yourself up to be attacked and have your own words used against you later?

maybe these folks want candids? missing taylor is fine and valid and that is okay, and you can want candids, there is nothing wrong with wanting to see her, but to be actually upset with her not wanting / allowing the paparazzi, who are the actual impetus to so many of the rumors about her and a significant majority of the bullshit she  has faced (not to mention the stalking), and ½ the reason for the overexposure,  to make money off unsolicited pictures of her? who can blame her? what good would those pictures have for her …. so that she can be plastered across the news, making the public sick of her again at a faster rate than she would be otherwise? or to lead to stories made up about her about being pregnant/having a boob job / about to b/u with her bf/ or just simply having her picture taken when she doesnt want it taken?  Look at the pics of her and joe running into her apt from the other day. they were picked up by a lot of sites. and those were blurry, shitty, no-face pictures. imagine what would happen if she casually walked from the car to the door and smiled for everyone? 

are people upset bc of things she experimented with during the 1989 era… like the secret listening sessions… so that the fandom can fight again about who got picked and who didnt? it was a wonderful idea she had to do that and generous and kind, and i’m happy for the fans who got to be a part of those types of things, but it also caused a lot of sour feelings. Same with swiftmas and other fan-specific things. you just can’t please everyone or people feel like there is favoritism and hurt feelings,… maybe it is better to treat the whole class equally… than only have a small group over for your birthday party, hmm?

 maybe people are upset of the lack of replies and reblogs on tumblr .. sure those were fun!! even tho it led to people thirsting for her attention harder which maybe made the experience for her on tumblr disingenuous? maybe if that expectation of getting involved in posts or fans’ personal lives is gone then that expectation will subside, and she can stay focused on liking things that pertain primarily to her music - and occasionally a few about her? her likes so far have been 99.9% pertaining to her and her music. not to mention the replies/rb’s let to buzzfeed and bustle etc running articles picking apart her replies? 

 or perhaps people are upset about the lack of  instagram posts so that those can also be dissected and mocked for whatever content? her insta was constantly regarded by the media as a bragger, ‘look at me, my life is so great, but also im a cat lady with a lot of famous friends’.  Trust me i loved seeing her ig pictures too, i love her sense of humor and that came through in some of her posts, but i have never seen someone’s instagram more attacked than hers in the last 3 years no matter what she posted unless it was a direct relation to her work … and even some of those were the source of negativity. her friend ships were attacked so hard, it became a topic of discussing and mockery in other artists’ interviews “are you a part of ‘the squad.’ Then there was the whole craze if she didnt wish someone a hbd, suddenly that friendship was in turmoil and there go the tabs again. So she’s using her ig like most businesses use theirs: to promote their brand. Seems reasonable to me. Why set yourself up for attacks. And back to tumblr, look at what happened last time she reblogged a certain blog playfully, it led to a story running across every outlet mocking her when she was just trying to have fun and being goofy re: the og blog’s sassy post? who can blame her for going, ‘guess i cant do that anymore’? even her ‘likes’ are being reported by the news now!! there is no ability to have a semiprivate fan-artist relationship because the media. gets. ahold. of. everything. and. they. ruin it. 

and since we are a society who loves to blame, if people want to blame someone for the way things are, blame the press, blame the paps, but don’t blame taylor. she’s simply reacting and adapting to the culture around her.

and i do expect she will do performances around the album launch, bc those are generally well regarded and not torn apart… 

and as for ‘using us’ .. .thats just an insult wow. first and foremost no one is holding a gun to anyone’s head. the door is right there. use it if her current approach is so bothersome, but to sit here and whine about it? If you hate your job, find a new one? if your friends suck, stop hanging out with them? but to sit there and bitch? come on. if you’re that unhappy and think taylor is some changed person you dont like/relate to anymore.. then go! the ongoing complainy judgmental negativity is puerile and rooted in underlying selfishness … and we are only three weeks into this era.  

i have heard people feel ‘disconnected’.. i thought the whole reason people liked taylor swift was to connect and relate to her through her music? isnt that what ultimately, every reviewer has said since the beginning of time: Great music, Great lyrics, Very Relatable. love story, fifteen, white horse, trouble, enchanted, all too well, sio, 22, clean, i could keep going but arent those all songs people have really related to, got them through good and bad times? was it not the music people related to with taylor from the beginning, to her experiences, growing up, love, love lost, coming of age, that she shared in lyric? that’s how i have since ages ago? it was always music first. The rest was gravy? but if some connected to her primarily through her personal life - interviews, instagram, baking, cats, boyfriends, friends, clothing, outfits -  was really where it was at…… and the music is just a footnote… if people are truly disconnected now bc the above don’t exist .. then maybe it is the very right choice of taylor to remove them… remove the ‘other’ way people felt connected .. .because maybe she really only wants people to *feel* connected to her through her art, not her private life?  i respect her choice to try to keep something to herself. 

idk if people were simply not paying attention, but taylor seems to have cut everything out of her life that people ragged on her for in the past. like, wouldn’t you? isn’t that basically self-preservation and protecting yourself? if someone is going to use something against you, why would you continue to do it anymore? wouldnt that be rather masochistic? i mean really give that a solid five minutes of thought. if you are taylor swift and you are doing something that you are repeatedly and vigorously torn down for - like all the things i have mentioned above - why on God’s green earth would you continue to do them? honestly, why? is pleasing some fans by doing A, B, and C above really worth the expense of allowing your life to be one where you are trashed daily by literally the entire media? what kind of life is that? 

good for her for putting herself first.

Musical taste in the birth horoscope can be seen through the eyes of Venus. When Venus makes any angle contact to another planet you can have a taste for the style affiliated with the planetary sign energy.  The angle can be a Conjunction, Inconjunction, Sextile, Trine, Square, or Opposition that causes the influence.  Venus also is influenced by the sign it’s in so you can find musical interests tied in there.  Don’t forget musical tastes change over time so the “progressed” Venus can show change in musical taste through the years.

Venus with Sun / Venus in Leo / Progressed Venus in Leo

Songs about standing out, Songs about taking center stage, Fun songs, Music and songs where you can sign karaoke, Childern songs, Romantic and love songs, Dramatically expressive songs, Musicals, Authoritative and firey music like Hard Rock, Songs that are upbeat although not necessarily meaningful, Pop Music, Songs about risk taking and taking chances, songs about being bold and authoritative

Venus with Moon / Venus in Cancer / Progressed Venus in Cancer

Musical taste tied to family traditions, Music of their own homeland (Or Area,) Emotional Musics, songs with emotional value, songs about family, songs mother or nurturing figures, Music influenced from the Mother, Songs about childhood that bring Nostalgic Value, Songs about getting older and retrospect, Oldies, Classics, Love songs

Venus with Mercury / Venus in Gemini and Virgo) / Progressed Venus in Gemini or Virgo

Songs with a lot of words, lyrics or highlight communication

(Gemini Venus), Trendy music, Music in clubs (socializing), Club Music, Dance Music, Variety, Changeable music interests,
(Virgo Venus) Music with intellectual meaning, Music that is like Poetry, Music based on Poems,  Stanza’s in Lyrics, Peaceful music, Calm music, Nature sounds in their music, Picky about musical tastes

Venus in Libra or Taurus / Progressed Venus in Taurus in Libra

Big fans of music, Natural Venusians, Appreciative of Harmony and Beats, Soul Soothing Music, Relating through music

(Libra Venus) Love Songs, Songs with Romance, Gracious songs, Songs about Peace, Wonderful Harmony, Classical Music, Slow Jams, Pop Music, Trendy songs
(Taurus Venus) Romantic Music, Personal Values, Songs about possessions, Sexual songs,  Music that brings them pleasure, Can be a fan of any Genre as it relates to their values, Relaxing Music

Venus with Mars / Venus in Aries / Progressed Venus in Aries

Aggressive Songs With fast pace/beats/tempo, Workout beats, Songs about violence, Sexual songs, Songs about spontaneity/impulses, Music that is Fiery, Hard Rock, Lyrical songs talking about war/battle/revengeful/protecting,  

Venus with Jupiter / Venus in Sagittarius / Progressed Venus in Sagittarius

Optimistic songs, Motivational music, Songs with meaning, Religious songs, Music from Foreign Cultures, Songs about morals Or lack thereof, Dogmatic/ blunt lyrics in music, Lyrics that tell it like it is, An expanded taste in music, Dance music that stimulate the legs

Venus with Saturn / Venus in Capricorn / Progressed Venus in Capricorn

Songs about reputation and standing in the community, Lyrics about facing restrictions or depression, songs about working, songs about father’s or authority figures,  Songs that build up or construct,  Structured music, Songs about being at the top, Songs about money, Songs about being a father, Timeless Musics, Classics

Venus with Uranus / Venus in Aquarius / Progressed Venus in Aquarius

Songs that are strange or unique, Techno music, Electronica, songs about
innovation, Innovative Genres,  Cross Genre’s, Industrial Genre , songs about Friends or Groups,  Music from Groups or Choirs, Alternative, Futuristic Songs, Songs with Lyrics about Hopes and Wishes, Equality lyrics

Venus with Neptune / Venus in Pisces / Progressed Venus in Pisces

Pop, Dance, Dreamy music, Spiritual music, Psychedelic music, Trance, Songs with secret messages, Songs about drugs, Songs that help you escape, Songs about escaping, Songs about being isolation or being alone, Confusing or Mysterious Genre’s, Songs about mystery, Songs about Prison/Hospitals/Asylums, Songs about the self undoing, songs about addiction, movie/video game sound tracks

Venus with Pluto / Venus in Scorpio / Progressed Venus in Pluto

Songs about transformation and change, Lyrics about struggle, Songs about the life and death struggle or process, Songs about hiding or being hidden, Songs about hiding yourself,  Songs about the unknown, songs about the occult, Songs about intimacy, Songs about loss, Deep lyrics, Complex songs, Underground beats, Underground bands, Powerful music, Electronic beats, Rhythem, R and B

anonymous asked:

"you dont think someone can release music and still have a private private life?" She can't just release music and not put herself out there in the public eye. She will do a lot of promo. She will have an app, she didn't get an app deal for her music alone. She is a celebrity and a brand and will have to market herself like she always has as someone relatable and a friend. And the shady timing of her return to Spotify didn't exactly scream she is resetting the media to me.

based on your comments i dont think you understand what i mean and i apologize if im not conveying it well with my words. i am talking about resetting the media in terms of what they focus on (music), what they report on (her career), what attitude they take (based on what she gives them), what opinions they unfurl on her (based on what is on their plate). that is not synonymous with being a ghost. 

You can very much do all this: release music, an app, do promo, be a celebrity and be on spotify - and be in the public eye and do interviews and play shows without telling or showing everyone what you had for dessert last night, who slept over at your place, who you had drinks with last week and how you spent your holiday. 

You can release music that touches on things in your past, your feelings, your emotions, the people in your life - without giving up the privacy you have at present. She can very much sing about heartbreak or love, for example, without having to show pictures of herself in her private life right now, in love or with friends or any of that. She really is of no obligation to talk more deeply about the subject than she does in lyric. When she talked about OOTW… other than describing that it was a rs that was ridden with anxiety - which is evident from the song … did she really give anything more up about what went on there with harry? no. She very much stuck to what was already the underlying tone and message in the song.  She can touch on an array of topics, without the requirement to be papped or share things on social media. One is not a requirement for the other. If she chooses to? cool. But its not a requirement. 

Also the implication that her return to spotify was being “shady” is bothersome - ill skip that as this is getting long already - but thanks for bringing spotify up: it was a clear way where taylor chose to be heard and respond to things in the media, for one thing and one thing only: her music. she hasnt responded to any thing in any way for the last 10-11 months with anything other than putting music in the hands of the people. Better Man, IDWLF, Spotify. period. That is exactly a piece of her resetting the media.

And as far as “ will have to market herself like she always has as someone relatable and a friend” i think that now is the time to talk about what it means to be “resetting your brand.” It’s basic. Retailers do it, clothiers do it, auto makers do it, every business does it at some point in time. She did it with Red>>1989. this is a thing. People do it. You think she’s gonna roll out and be the same as before? I think that’s unrealistic, uncommon and non-reflective of history. Taylor is a singer and a songwriter and a talented musician who writes and sings about things we all go through. That’s her brand. Maybe she doesnt like how her “brand” had become skewed in the press as a boy crazy, huge party throwing, hollywoodite? Maybe cause that really isn’t who she is. 

Speaking of brands, IMO, her brand should not be viewed as stuck as being “a friend” to people….. i would put some chips down that the “im your friend” thing, to fans specifically, ended in 2015. She can be relatable through her music, she doesnt need to be papped everyday and post on instagram to document every outing she has to be relatable. Ultimately its through her lyric that its been a way that people of a variety of backgrounds and ages and demographics have related to taylor.  I fully do not expect to see the “i’m your friend’ thing resurrect itself from the dead. I will eat my words if it does, but imho that created an unhealthy and alternate reality. She can still connect with fans without some of them having the illusion that she is their friend. 


Not 50/50: A Photo Essay

Art Direction: Farah Billah

Model: Azka Arafat, Farah Billah

Photography: Feadal Arafat

I’ve been listening to Anik Khan’s “Cleopatra” recently. Aside from the Jiya Jale sample side stepping into hip hop in a way that makes the young Bollywood dancer in my heart nostalgic, another part of the song caught my attention: diamonds and gold. It made me think of the women he’s talking about, the ideas correlated with precious jewels and metals, and how we relate it to who we are as immigrants, as sons and daughters of immigrants, as a people who are not here nor there but still shining. I love when art inspires art, especially when that art comes from creative expression charged with cultural pride and promise. 

It inspired me to craft characters out of myself and my sister-in-law, Azka Arafat (an incredible spirit), who represent and illustrate that pride. 

In recent years, there has been a rise in American street style collaborating with Indian Subcontinental designs and patterns. There’s been Bollywood and American musical mash-ups and Motown covers with classic Hindi songs. There’s poetry transcending model minority stereotypes as well as traditional pressures in immigrant homes. And on the large scale, kurtas are everywhere. Desi culture has been seeping into the western lifestyle for decades through food, fashion, and everything else. 

And here we are, with expectations coming at us from both sides about who we are supposed to be. 

There are two sides to this: representation and appropriation. The latter has made headlines and caused many eye rolls at the retail fashion industry at large. When I say appropriation, I’m pointing at Ganesha tank tops, festival “face gems” (bindis), and the like, but that’s not what I’m here to talk about. 

I’m talking about Hafsa Khan, Hybrid Hues, Nimisha Bhanot, and so many more. I’m talking about taking on the first generation identity with two hands. This is about who we are. I can’t put a percentage of how much of my parents I make up, of how traditional I am based on how many times I’ve been to that country, or based on how well I speak the language. It doesn’t matter if I don’t know how to make roti, or if I’ve been socialized in California. I am not 50/50 but 100 percent of this amalgam of cultures. One is not better than the other, one is not more acceptable than the other, nor is one more necessary than the other. We are the melting pot. A homogeneous mixture of east and west. Diamonds and gold. All of this is being taken hold of and crafted into something we can relate to through fashion, music, dance, and visual art. It’s Poonam and Priyanka. It’s Anik Khan. They are us. 

This collaboration of cultural influence with western upbringing is representation when it comes from this place of self expression and has allowed so many a means for self discovery, self awareness, community solidarity, and self realization. That’s what it’s been for me. 


An article that the Huffington Post wrote about Taylor just popped up on my page. I am extremely disappointed in the things that they have said about Taylor in the article. It starts off by stating that she is not the same person she used to be and is no longer a role model. I completely disagree with this. Taylor has many young fans and if you look at the way she portrays herself on a daily basis she is an absolutely amazing role model. The article continues on to say that Taylor is only friends with famous people, which is also complete crap. Every single day whether it be on social media or during a tour date Taylor is interacting and talking to her fans of all ages. “The Taylor Swift whom teenage girls could relate to through music is long gone, having been replaced by a woman who has become more celebrity than musician” was a quote that made me upset. This is a completely false statement to make. If anything Taylor is less of a celebrity and more of a musician. Just being on Tumblr one can see that almost every single Swift fan can relate to her music in one way or another and her music has helped countless individuals numerous times. Then the article continues on to say that her ticket prices are ridiculously priced and people can’t afford them. Personally, I don’t think the prices are unreasonable and Taylor has been more than supportive to fans who need tickets buying them tickets in many occasions. Taylor also does her meet and greets at NO COST which many celebrities would never even think of doing. “Swift’s friendships seem to be the product of strategy as much as actual bonding” AGAIN is a false statement. If you listen to any interviews of Taylor’s close friends (Selena, Karlie, Lily, Gigi, Martha, Hailee, Zendaya, Lorde, Haim Sisters, Lena..the list goes on) they have NOTHING but good things to say about her. Last but not least the article goes on to say that Taylor only donates money for her own publicity. This is absolutely not true. She supports her fans and individuals who need help out of the goodness of her heart. I have never been more disappointed in an article in my entire life. Taylor is generous, kind hearted, caring, supportive, and just an amazing individual all around. I am shocked that these things have been said about Taylor when she does so much for her fans every single day. Thank you for everything you do for us Taylor, your fans absolutely adore you and we wouldn’t change one thing about you. We are always here to support you and I am sorry these things are being said about you. We love you Swift, don’t ever change <3 


unexpected encounters (yoongi x oc) | part one

Originally posted by sugagifs

[A/N]: I wrote this short drabble for the meantime while I work on my other series for the blog. This is a short drabble, but I am thinking of writing an ending for this. I want to know what you guys think on this approach. This might end up as a 2-part series. Anyway, I hope you like it!

Summary: in which you get locked up in a karaoke room with a cute stranger.

Unexpected Encounters | Part 1

Parts: 01 | 02

It all started with your stupid friends who managed to drag you all the way into the outskirts of downtown Seoul, the city that was famous for no sleep. You didn’t necessarily agree to go with them on this adventure, but you thought hey, might as well go after studying my ass off for exams. On top of that, it would be best to let loose for once, right after being an overworking machine for almost two weeks straight.

But they managed to secretly bring you into this stupid karaoke bar with about ten karaoke rooms. They knew you were that one person of the group that had a specific talent when it came to singing, but you weren’t the person to brag or expose this hidden talent.

And somehow, you wonder how you’re locked up in a stupid karaoke room with a complete stranger that is somewhere along the lines of woah there, you’re not my group of friends who were just behind me a few moments ago before I stepped into this karaoke room. But on the other hand, you were slightly anxious because not only was he a stranger, he was just overly and incredibly cute that maybe I might just thank my friends for dragging me all the way here and somehow getting locked into this room with you.

“So, you like karaoke?” He spoke out of nowhere, and you were already sitting on the corner of the couch, meeting his eyes that seemed to stare into your soul without permission.

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anonymous asked:

Hey kitty I'm really really proud of u 4 coming out, it's like super fucking scary but u r the raddest. A long time ago you used to talk about being bi on tumblr and you've always been someone I could relate to through your music and shit and you talking about that on tumblr made me more okay with my own sexuality and kinda helped me come out as bi. Idk this is weird I just want you to know that you helped me out a lot and I know we're strangers but that was all really important to me! <3<3<3

(: thats amazing!!!!!!!!!! i have lived througha lot of shitty stuff and ever since i started like/…having an audience….the whole point has been to help everyone (especially girls like me!) know that they aren’t alone during their garbage times !!! that makes me really happy.