Also all you youths out there here’s some advice. Don’t take summer classes and then stay up til 3 am shitposting about the thrashers because you will regret it when you have to wake up early to get your ass to campus
Dating me is honestly such hard work. I’m confusing and I’m not good at sharing my problems. I can be an ass one minute and a few seconds later I could be an angel. I’m not always happy and I complain more in a minute than my heart beats. If I’m with you though, I’m with only you. Regardless of if we’re just talking or actually officially dating, it’s only you. I don’t like wasting my time, so I won’t waste yours. If you don’t mean to me what I mean to you, I will tell you straight up. I’m not here to waste my youth hurting and hurting people, I’m here to have a good time.
We asked trans and gender-nonconforming adults what they think young trans people need to hear right now, whether that’s advice, words of encouragement, or a piece of inspiration. Here are their letters. (x)
I never came to the beach or stood by the ocean I never sat by the shore under the sun with my feet in the sand But you brought me here and I’m happy that you did ‘Cause now I’m as free as birds catching the wind
I always thought I would sink, so I never swam I never went boatin’, don’t get how they are floatin’ And sometimes I get so scared Of what I can’t understand
But here I am Next to you The sky’s more blue In Malibu Next to you In Malibu Next to you, baby
We watched the sun go down as we were walking I’d spend the rest of my life just standing here talking You would explain the current as I just smile Hoping that you’ll stay the same and nothing will change And it’ll be us just for a while Do they even exist? That’s when I make the wish To swim away with the fish
Is it supposed to be this hot all summer long? I never would’ve believed you If three years ago you told me I’d be here writing this song
But here I am Next to you The sky’s so blue In Malibu Next to you In Malibu Next to you, baby
Next to you The sky’s so blue In Malibu, baby Next to you
We are just like the waves that flow back and forth Sometimes I feel like I’m drowning and you’re there to save me And I wanna thank you with all of my heart It’s a brand new start A dream come true In Malibu
February 20th marks the birth anniversary of late American musician and ‘grunge’ legend Kurt Cobain.
Aside from being one of the pioneers of the grunge music scene of Seattle, Cobain was widely respected as a great artist and a poet. Here are 10 of his most memorable quotes which youth could identify with even to this day.
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“I’d rather be hated for who I am, than loved for who I am not.”
“The duty of youth is to challenge corruption.”
“I’m so happy because today I found my friends – they’re in my head.”
“Drugs are a waste of time. They destroy your memory and your self-respect and everything that goes along with with your self-esteem.”
“A friend is nothing but a known enemy.”
“I’m not well-read, but when I read, I read well.”
“We have no right to express an opinion until we know all of the answers.”
“The sun is gone, but I have a light.”
“The worst crime is faking it”
“They laugh at me because I’m different; I laugh at them because they’re all the same.”
In the internet age, we have all become crate diggers and plunderers of the abstract. One of the great things about the vast information we have at our disposal is not just its spread through communities, but how it takes on a life of its own. Online movements like net art or vaporwave may not have always conduced extraordinary work, yet it has brought about knowledge to pieces and genres many had not known before. By extension of the hypnagogic craze that Tumblr, 4chan, and Reddit have all spurred on, city pop has re-surged in popularity and rightfully so.
But let’s not give curation all the credit for city pop’s acclaim. To be frank, the genre has been ripe for a reawakening and the sequence of sampling connections linking Tatsuro Yamashita to today’s youth was an easy outlet. Despite anime’s huge presence here in the West, we collectively haven’t given Japanese music a chance, yet culturally there is a wide attraction to their media and style of creation. Hence, city pop enters as a perfect conduit. The rateyourmusic generation synthesizes as whole with this avenue, a type of music so focused on hybridizing jazz, funk, and pop that it’s easy to love whether or not you ever found smooth jazz far too kitschy.
Take Toshiki Kadomatsu for example. This is a composer that not only writes virtuosic melodies, but links the rhythm with a pictorial quality on the level of a Steely Dan or Bob Dylan. However, in his case, city pop was intrinsically linked with the prosperity of 80s japan. When one sees the neon lights and tropical locales everpresent on album covers, it belies the prospect of a serene, capitalist utopia that Japan modeled itself as. He makes you believe you’re on a beautiful Okinawa beach and not Ohio in February. It’s euphoria only an excessively funky Japanese man can provide, and doubly impressive being an all-instrumental album too.
City pop is also a genre that can pride itself on having a strong sense of gender equality. Some of the best artists who crafted this style were female, including Junko Ohashi, Momoko Kikuchi, and Noriko Miyamoto. One could argue that female singers were merely used as an object to draw in the male idol audience, but this reductive idea doesn’t acknowledge the presence these women commanded as Japan’s top artists of the 80s. Check out this clip of Momoko Kikuchi and watch how she only needs her ethereal voice in order to put on a classic performance, neglecting to move around as if showmanship can hold her back. It’s a moment of the sublime, city pop as true transcendence, and it beats through a shy girl’s heart.
We’re always wishing for a better place or a better time. To share experiences with ones we hold dear, and make meaningful memories. City pop makes these dreams a reality, at least insofar as providing a musical gateway to personal satisfaction.
“1 in 3 urban
youth display the symptoms of mild to severe PTSD. And when you compare that
data to the military data what you find is urban youth are actually twice as
likely as soldiers returning from Iraq to get PTSD.”
This presentation is crucial to educators interested in the future and empowerment of urban youth of color. View the entire video here.