1. Sometimes things happen that make me realize that I'm doing the right things for the right reasons. Thanks, Alex.
2. I'm reading a great book, "The Good Luck of Right Now" by Matthew Quick. He wrote Silver Linings Playbook which was a really good movie according to most people.
3. The Spring Forward thing where I lose an hour of sleep is really annoying.
4. Potty training my daughter is difficult. She can go all day without a diaper and pee in the toilet but when she has to poop she runs into room and puts on a diaper to poop in. Yes I'm writing about my kid's bathroom habits.
5. My wife is the best cook I've ever known. True story.
Straight Outta St. Johns by Casey Parks
This a mighty fine piece of journalism highlighting the rap scene in "America's whitest city," Portland, Oregon. I like most music as many people of my generation do. I grew up listening to hair metal as a kid, but was introduced to rap through MTV, like most white, suburban teens, with Beastie Boys and RUN-DMC. That led to my discovery of NWA and eventually east coast rap stars like Tupac and Biggie. The late 80's and early 90's was a nice place to be a music fan with the growing rap scene as well as Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and all of Seattle with grunge. Underneath the corporate gloss was actual quality art. My point is that even though I'm a 45 year old white guy, I do appreciate good music, be it alternative, (The Pixies) college rock (The Feelies), grunge, classical (Shoshtakovich), jazz (Miles is my guy), rap, or anything else.
Article: 10 of 10
This article details the rap community in St. Johns (it's a Portland neighborhood. Not the poorest, but damn close) and specifically focuses on three artists, Illmaculate, Glenn Waco, and Egbevado Ananouko. It is a beautifully written piece and really brings the scene to life. All of the St. Johns rappers pay homage to their neighborhood in their songs continually and they wear their home base proudly. The photography and video on the website are also gorgeous. This is just a superb piece of writing.
Teachability: 10 of 10
This article will resonate with the students at my school. The three artists it features could be a number of my students and I'm sure that there are tons of students that would identify with the artists Parks writes about. Also, I went to YouTube to listen to the music and I like it.