Popular Music: Three Things

  1. Study of pop music = study of pop culture
  2. Edward Liu:
  • The Blues “ain’t just sad,” “ain’t just a form,” “ain’t got a third ain’t” = resists definition
  • Hip Hop “ain’t just music,” “ain’t contentless,” “ain’t got a third ain’t”

3. “Most of my heroes don’t appear on no stamps”

  • dialogics of rap, constant dialogue
  • ex: Tupac over Isley Brothers sample
  • Blue Scholars
    • “Morning of America”
    • constant decoding
    • can’t talk about global politics w/out talking about local politics
    • can’t talk about colonialism without talking about the diaspora
    • don’t forget about Filipino communities, don’t forget about the music
  • Black Eyed Peas
    • “Where is the love?”
    • message that’s lost within commodification
    • “The APL Song” – forgotten Filipinos who fought in WW2
    • going home
    • “Bebot” (Gen. One vs. Gen. Two)
    • songs that are forgotten b/c of more-marketed songs
    • intersection of race & sex
    • music is a nod to other aspects of culture: food, language, etc.
    • use of language/mother tongue = resistence
  • The Great Pinoy Boxing Era Documentary
    • boxing techniques have “Filipino accent”
    • winning boxing = achieving Am. Dream
    • boxing ring was only place where they were seen as equal
    • metaphor of resistance, fighting self and others, racial tension, “making it,” symbol of pride, incorporating own history into Am. sport = reclamation and leaving a mark
    • making sense of the unknown through using what you know

Writing Workshop: Peer Review

  • Honesty, Kindness, and Collaboration
  • History of creative writing as an academic discipline
  • problematic “lore” and “critique” beliefs
    • critiquers must recognize limits of own experience
    • help rather than grade someone
  • peer review = discussion-based exchange that allows reception of feedback from peers, who are at same educational level & heavily immersed in writing process too
  • opportunity to receive non-evaluative feedback, w/ author’s guidance and intent to clarify
  • listen to writer’s struggles, read thoroughly, make critical connections

Friday Notes: Peter Bacho’s Dark Blue Suit

  • short story cycle
  • identify connective tissue
  • Themes:
    • maturity of narrators
    • boundaries/borders: between race, neighborhoods, gender, social expectations, familial relationships, split empathy of parents, friendships, being multiracial
    • being able to “speak w/out words”
    • misogyny as running theme
    • dialogue, accents
    • generations and age = diff. experiences
    • family: parents, siblings, generation gaps, community
    • anti-blackness within narrator and as a theme
    • titles = deliberate choice
    • ex: “August 1968” = symbolizes change in history – Vietnam War, Civil Rights Mvm, MLK assassination, etc. – friendship mirrors what’s happening in world
    • coming of age for Buddy but also for the U.S.
    • Europe/colonialism = abusive parental role – following in footsteps
    • Am. Dream and dreams
    • religion
    • politics and class
    • morals, “blood money” – survival
  • WTI = words that intoxicate = use when annotating