Country music is no different

Moving to the north country has definitely opened my horizons to different types of music. I appreciate and love music, I have been playing the clarinet for 10 years, and I grew up with a huge range of music. From listening to KISS, Metallica, and Iron Maiden to Elton John, Madonna, and Fleetwood Mac.

Country music fans are the biggest and most loyal fan base. They will tell you all their love for country and how there is nothing like it. How different it is from all different types of genres.

Living in the suburbs of Long Island, country music has recently started to become a very popular genre of music. Country music has always been popular, but growing up on Long Island, I never really heard it as much, until I came to Plattsburgh. Like the old saying goes, “When in Rome, do what the Romans do.” I was surrounded by many popular country artist, Luke Bryant, Blake Shelton, Garth Brooks, and many more. I started listening to their songs, I enjoyed most of them, but when I think of country music, I think of the simple things in life that make life great, makes me you feel nostalgia.

I remember watching a documentary on HBO about country music and Nashville, Tennessee. The way they described country was that it was telling a story, once they said that. I looked up some old country songs, and forgot my love for Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, and Tammy Wynette. My mother grew up listening to those songs and I remember growing up listening to her sing those songs.

The songs had so much feeling and meaning, they told stories of experience, sad and happy times. It made you feel something. The problem with country music these days, it is literally pop music with a twang. I like pop music, it makes you dance it makes you feel good.  Country music should be more than just pickup trucks, and getting drunk on Friday night’s football game.

Country music should have heart, and that is the problem with a lot of music. There is no heart, just lyrics, just how high someone can sing, the music industry has become the new Ford assembly line, just breaking out songs as fast as they can. The songs have no depth, you just see it as face value. I don’t like bashing something, that is a big part of my life, but I can’t help, but notice what is going on with music and country music is becoming the same. Just part of the big assembly line.

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Ten Years after Dove’s Real Beauty Campaign, Has Society Really Changed?

A little bit of everything

The last few years have shown a shift in popular culture rhetoric, encouraging women to accept their curves. Don’t get me wrong, this is a good thing! After years of “fat shaming” and body images issues, the pendulum has seemingly swung the other way. A new “fat acceptance” movement has permeated social media.

Social media sensations like, Megan Tonjes and Meghan Trainor have sparked a lot of conversation about body-positive movements. While all this is great, it still isn’t the reality for most women.meghanTonjes Tonjes herself experienced controversy in her #bootyrevolution campaign. She claims that Instagram and Tumblr suspended her accounts not because she is exposing her body, but rather because she is fat.

While these issues have created a lot of buzz because this is such a hot topic, personally, I don’t see society responding to these messages. For the most part, we would rather see the image on the right in a…

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Public Relations

Cory Young's Blog

In order to be successful in public relations today, you need to be a certain kind of person. PR is all about shaping the image of your business in the eyes of the consumer. There are a few key “skills” that one must possess to do this well.

Knowing your audience is the first step. If you don’t know the age demographic, how your audience feels about certain topics, or their interests, it will be hard to market your business well. Not only do you need to know your audience, you must know and take into account the different audiences that may have a “share” in your business.

The underlying attribute is the ability to understand people and look at the big picture. Being a “people person” isn’t a necessity, but it does help.

Another thing to take into consideration is the migration to the web. More and more, things are…

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Emoji Everywhere 🎃

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Emoji? What are they?

“Emoji” is a japanese term meaning “picture character.” It’s a standard for showing smileys and other little symbols inside text. But unlike traditional smileys that are made up of a sequence of letters like :), every emoji has its own letter.

🌷 🌹 🌺 🌻 🌼

Emoji blossomed on smartphones, where quickly picking out an emoji is often faster than typing out a long sentence.

Today we’re rolling out hundreds and hundreds of emoji across WordPress.com — 872 to be exact.

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Do they look familiar? That’s because Twitter has graciously decided to open-source their entire set, allowing anyone to use them. We’re already busy preparing to add these to Jetpack, so WordPress.org users can join in the fun too.

Before today, emoji you inserted into your posts on the go wouldn’t always show properly for all your visitors. While the nice little bunny…

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Crossing The Line – When Its More Than Just Flirting

Pleazure Seekers

I like to flirt. Especially when it is someone I have a close and playful relationship with, I like to have some sexy flirtation in the relationship. It brings us closer, spices things up and opens up new activities and conversations we wouldn’t otherwise have.

My wife knows this and likes it; she feels this makes me interesting and attractive. And as a less flirty person, she develops more intimate relationships with friends through my flirtation.

But a big reason my wife likes my flirty ways is because she knows I know where the line is. But sometimes the line is a little grey. For what its worth, here are my guiding principles:

– I never touch someone in ways that I would be embarrassed or ashamed if my wife caught me doing them. For us, I will touch and cuddle with female friends to a degree that is intimate…

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initium

The old saying is, “People come and People go” now that I am almost done with my college career, I am looking back at old pictures and statues. I think about how I have changed as a person, and who I am ready to become once I set forth on this new journey of post-graduate life. It is scary to think that soon, my fellow colleagues and I, will be off doing our own thing in a few years. Who knows? maybe get married, start a business, travel across country, have kids, or maybe simply moving out of our parents house.

I remember there being a time when my friends and I would sit around at our sleepovers and how we couldn’t imagine not being able to see each other on the weekends. It was a thought that we never wanted to think about, and now we are living it and it is weird. Sometimes I feel we try to stop the inevitable, and that is moving on. Now that we are older, we each have our own responsibilities, we all started relationships, finishing/still/planning going to school, and my best friend just moved into her first and new apartment.

I seriously wish sometimes I can scream, “I DON’T WANT TO GROW UP!” and then just stop. Moments go by way to fast, and memories in a blink of an eye. The world is always going to keep spinning, and it is nights like tonight when I realize how fast it is really going. Life is meant to be experienced, and with experience only comes lessons learned and good stories to tell.

I think of all the good and bad that has happened in the past and I am humble. It stays in the past because something better is always waiting for us, and once you put it behind you, you are ready to move on from whatever is holding you back. It takes bad choices and mistakes, but eventually we learn and make it to the top. I don’t know how I am going to feel once, I am home for good, but I know it is just another chapter of my life closing and it is just time to turn the next page.