Nat Lee

I'm connecting words together once more to find reasons.

I was really disappointed when in class we didn’t get to discuss the relationship between music and culture a bit more.  As a musician, and an Artist in general, music is incredibly important to me.  I’m a vocalist, a violinist, and have in general a very emotional connection to music.  

Music is the voice of mutual understanding that speaks when language and cultural barriers hinder.  Even if we don’t all speak the same language or believe the same things, or think about things the same way, we all respond similarly to certain types of music.  We can hear a song, and we don’t just hear the melodies and harmonies, we also hear the emotion pounded into the notes themselves that we can relate to on a personal and emotional level.  

Let’s look at this, for example.  Italian composer, and from a different time besides.  Does any of that matter when you listen to the joy in these notes?  It’s spring and all is well!  Butterflies flittering, birds singing!  You don’t need to know anything about anything to appreciate the emotion here.  And that is just about the coolest thing ever.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pVS4sVZiec

I’m starting to think we’re strange for putting so much emphasis on time. This sort of makes me mad, since we’re always all rushed and stressed and time feels like such a curse and we hate it, because we hate being late to things and missing them.  
In Japan, it’s okay to be a few minutes late.
In Mexico, it’s good practice to run about 30 minutes late.
In Saudi Arabia, punctuality is good, but not a matter of life or death.
In Pakistan, running 15 minutes late to a small gathering and 1 hour to a party is okay.
In most island countries, it seems to be “we’ll get there when we get there”.
Why do we have to be so dependent on time?  All it does is make us stressed and uncomfortable and then we die of heart conditions because we HAD TO GET THERE ON TIME.  Half the world is doing just fine not worrying so much.  

http://www.cleveland.com/brett/blog/index.ssf/2011/06/making_use_of_your_free_time_r.html
http://www.kwintessential.co.uk/

I’m starting to think we’re strange for putting so much emphasis on time. This sort of makes me mad, since we’re always all rushed and stressed and time feels like such a curse and we hate it, because we hate being late to things and missing them.  

In Japan, it’s okay to be a few minutes late.

In Mexico, it’s good practice to run about 30 minutes late.

In Saudi Arabia, punctuality is good, but not a matter of life or death.

In Pakistan, running 15 minutes late to a small gathering and 1 hour to a party is okay.

In most island countries, it seems to be “we’ll get there when we get there”.

Why do we have to be so dependent on time?  All it does is make us stressed and uncomfortable and then we die of heart conditions because we HAD TO GET THERE ON TIME.  Half the world is doing just fine not worrying so much. 

http://www.cleveland.com/brett/blog/index.ssf/2011/06/making_use_of_your_free_time_r.html

http://www.kwintessential.co.uk/

In French the term for musical is “comédie musicale” which I find hilarious as it makes it sound like—to the unsuspecting English speaker—that all musicals are comedy.  This term is actually used for both serious and lighter shows.  Les Misérables is a “comédie musicale”, as an example.  Even if you don’t know what it is you can tell it has “miserable” and a form of “comedy” in the sentence.  As if breaking into song at emotional breakdowns isn’t normal and completely serious.  

Disclaimer, I am a thespian and I am not in any way mocking my own type.  
http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/_/81235017/Musical+Cast+Recording+musicals.jpg

In French the term for musical is “comédie musicale” which I find hilarious as it makes it sound like—to the unsuspecting English speaker—that all musicals are comedy.  This term is actually used for both serious and lighter shows.  Les Misérables is a “comédie musicale”, as an example.  Even if you don’t know what it is you can tell it has “miserable” and a form of “comedy” in the sentence.  As if breaking into song at emotional breakdowns isn’t normal and completely serious.  

Disclaimer, I am a thespian and I am not in any way mocking my own type.  

http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/_/81235017/Musical+Cast+Recording+musicals.jpg

Everything has an exception.  Except this statement.