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Is Art Sometimes Exploitation?

Is Art Sometimes Exploitation? At the tail-end of my previous piece, I quoted singer-songwriter Daniel Johnston and referenced the common (if somewhat mistaken) belief that his fans enjoy mocking his mental illness – exploiting him for a laugh or two. Read Also: Define Success On Your Terms The misconception goes that his “fans” don’t genuinely […]

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Finding Inspiration In Anything

Creative people often take from experience – plucking random occurrences, people, and life events, and placing them in their work. It is critical that an artist have experiences they can draw from to invigorate their art, to give it a more human quality. This makes the work automatically more relatable, and no matter what medium […]

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The Benefits of Background Noise

Silence is golden. That’s how the cliche goes, at least. And I’ve found that a lot of times, the statement checks out. It’s good to have periods where the serenity blocks out the noise of the day, allowing us to let our thoughts flow like a fountain. It’s not all the time that we can […]

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For Early Birds and Night Owls, Both Should Set Aside Time.

Humans are by nature creative. We like taking a project and seeing it through from beginning to end. It gives us a feeling of pride and a sense of accomplishment. As creative people, we yearn for a time we can set aside to engage in our passion. Whatever it may be, we want to be […]

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The Importance of An Open Mind

When I was younger, my parents exposed me to different styles of music. Like most kids, this meant listening to what they put on. I’m part of what might as well be called the “Mixtape Generation.” My childhood happened back before CDs were a more common thing unless you were fairly well-off. As you can […]

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What I've Learned About Music Journalism (So Far)

I remember when I decided to go into the world of journalism – as a young college student, fresh out of high school, wide-eyed and feeling ready to take on the world. There I was, choosing a major that I felt suited me. I had been writing for a long time, and I was ready […]