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Happy Defense Day!

Today, I defend my research and my project!

“Waiting On The World To Change” – John Mayer

John Mayer’s 2009 hit “Waiting On The World To Change,” talks about the misconceptions of our youth generation who “stand for nothing,” despite our nation’s current social and political issues. Does John Mayer sing the truth? Whether you agree or disagree the song’s success suggests that people both willing and able to listen, and perhaps that’s the first step.

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Celebrity Activism Reconsidered

Celebrity Activism Reconsidered

An article in New Mexico’s Daily Lobo by guest columnist Jason Darensburg reconsiders celebrity activism. Take a look at Darensburg’s stance: Do you agree that “celebrity support can ruin a cause?”

“But does celebrity involvement really make any difference in what people care about? In a society obsessed with celebrity worship and showbiz, the answer is a resounding yes. The problem isn’t that famous people shouldn’t speak out about politics or social issues. The problems begin when celebrities try to speak for the people they are trying to help. This is especially true when they don’t actually belong to the group they claim to represent.”

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“Mercy”

Dave Matthews performs brand new song “Mercy” on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. The lyrics of the song carry strong social and political weight. What might Mr. Matthews mean when he sings “Don’t give up / I know you can see all the world and the mess we’re making / can’t give up and hope God will intercede” and “Mercy, will we overcome this?”

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“Peace Train” – Cat Stevens

Cat Stevens performs “Peace Train” on his 1976 Earth Tour.

In a statement to Rolling Stone Magazine, Stevens talks about the famous song: “‘Peace Train’ is a song I wrote, the message of which continues to breeze thunderously through the hearts of millions and there is a powerful need for people to feel that gust of hope rise up again.”

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“Redemption Song” – Bob Marley

Considered a prophet of his generation, Bob Marley expressed the need for liberation from physical and mental confinement. The lyrical masterpiece of “Redemption Song” speaks to the lost people of a lost generation.

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“Imagine” – John Lennon

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My project advisor shared this article with me during our last meeting. Analyzing John Lennon’s song “Imagine,” author Ze’ev Maghan discusses the world’s driving force: love. What do Lennon’s words mean to you?

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We Shall Overcome – Mahalia Jackson

Mahalia Jackson singing “We Shall Overcome,” a powerful song considered to be the anthem of the Civil Rights Movement

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“The Way It Is” – Bruce Hornsby

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The original song that Tupac Shakur sampled for his hit “Changes.” The appropriation of this original song is just one example of many. What effect does sampling this song have? What are the changes – social, political, cultural – between the 1986 song and the 1998 remix? Do Hornsby’s lyrics instill new meaning into Tupac’s?

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Born This Way – Lady Gaga

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Arguably one of the most influential artists of the 21st century Lady Gaga is an example of a new breed of pop superstar, using her celebrity and fame to spread powerful messages of acceptance, hope, and love.