Philosophy of History and A Partial Analysis of Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless The USA”

If tomorrow all the things were gone I’d worked for all my life Think of the tragedy that would have to happen for everything to disappear (?) tomorrow. This also takes for granted the social construction of laboring for an employer. The use of “I’d” also connotes individuality alone and ignores the collective role society and governmentContinue reading “Philosophy of History and A Partial Analysis of Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless The USA””

“Real Men”: The Voice, Adam Levine, and #LifeIsAGenderStudiesCourse

This evening on The Voice after the Battle round performance of Peter Gabriel’s Sledgehammer by Johnny Rez vs. Nolan Neal, Coach Adam Levine used Twitter to release the following sexist comment:  Only real men can take on Peter Gabriel. You guys handled it masterfully #VoiceBattles — Adam Levine (@adamlevine) October 18, 2016 Of course, the diction and violence ofContinue reading ““Real Men”: The Voice, Adam Levine, and #LifeIsAGenderStudiesCourse”

Digital Content and the New Reality of Long-Term Rentals

Has it soaked in that you can never simply give a digital book, movie, CD, or any other kind of electronic item to someone else once you buy it? Amazon, Apple, Google (sorry, Alphabet with Google’s recent name change), and other such companies have no mechanism for you to give that digital property–property bought with hard-earnedContinue reading “Digital Content and the New Reality of Long-Term Rentals”

Previewing BULLY with Writer and Composer Dr. Aaron Alon – Interview Series #1

I spoke with my friend Aaron Alon about BULLY, his new musical film which follows a teen who commits suicide after being bullied. The independent film will be released in 2017. AJP: Thank you, Aaron, for taking the time to discuss BULLY with me. I’m really excited to learn more about it and to see the film.Continue reading “Previewing BULLY with Writer and Composer Dr. Aaron Alon – Interview Series #1”

Secret Societies of Double Agents: Music, Life, and Teaching

Since my blog a few days ago covering Amanda Marshall‘s music, I’ve been thinking about her music, the music industry, and people in a particularly different kind of way. In particular, her purely autobiographical song “Double Agent” has been on mind. In this post, I discuss larger implications of the notion of “double agents” andContinue reading “Secret Societies of Double Agents: Music, Life, and Teaching”

Celebrating Amanda Marshall and the music we can love to love.

Amanda Marshall is a singer based in Canada. In this blog, I look at how and why her music is really neat and special. Most importantly, her music is very feminist and free of so many of the problems we see in our contemporary music.  Amanda Marshall has been my favorite singer since the mid 1990s. Her band,Continue reading “Celebrating Amanda Marshall and the music we can love to love.”

The Culture of Rape and Music

Lyrical music has been on my mind a great deal lately, as have notions of sexism and patriarchy. My on-going conclusion is that it is as hard to find lyrical music free of racism, sexism, imperialism, ethnocentrism, as it is to find movies where directors allow named female characters to speak to other named femaleContinue reading “The Culture of Rape and Music”

Third Annual 4th of July Reflection: Inability to Use Evidence—2015’s #1 Problem

What better time to reflect on the actual State of our Union than on the dawn of the United States’s 239th birthday.  The so-classified Founding Fathers, especially with the establishment of the Constitution, essentially aimed and did recreate (and even perpetuate) pre-Revolutionary Era cultural, economic, and political conditions, only under a different flag and with aContinue reading “Third Annual 4th of July Reflection: Inability to Use Evidence—2015’s #1 Problem”