My Musical Winter Break 

Source: TV Guide

Winter break is always a good time for things like unwinding after the fall semester, preparing for the upcoming semester, and spending time with family/friends. I did do all three things this winter. In my spare time, I watched a ton of TV shows like Alice in Borderland and Degrassi, but I also watched a lot of movies like Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (2022), Missing (2023), and Donnie Darko (2001). I bought new notebooks for my spring semester classes and reviewed some syllabi. Of course, I also I spent a lot of time with my family, which was fun (most of the time). 

But I think the most interesting thing I did over break is probably taking a class called “American Popular Music”. It’s a class about the history of a wide variety of music genres like rap, soul, rock, and jazz. I was excited to take it because I genuinely love music and pretty much listen to it every day. It was a fun class to take because of discussions where I was able to hear about my classmates’ perspectives on topics like the controversy of rap, artists that have influenced them, and songs that reach them emotionally. 

Source: Billboard

One of the assignments that I really enjoyed doing was a lyrical analysis essay about a song that speaks to me personally and to society. I chose “Juicy” by the Notorious B.I.G. It’s a song that I’ve loved for years and doing the essay actually allowed me to put what I love about the song into words. “Juicy” was one of the first mainstream rap songs about a rapper’s rise to the top and to me, it’s a song that represents a sort of victory lap. 

Source: Rolling Stone

Overall, I think the class has given me a greater appreciation for the evolution of music and how it’s led to the current era we’re in. I also got a lot of music recommendations out of it, so it’s safe to say I got plenty out of the experience. 

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