Liebestraum

In my preteen/middle school years, I was very into classical music. Like any middle schooler, I was frequently confused of what was going on in my life. But, unlike most “normal” 13 year olds, I can honestly say that I was plagued with anxiety. From what exactly, I can’t ever…

In my preteen/middle school years, I was very into classical music. Like any middle schooler, I was frequently confused of what was going on in my life. But, unlike most “normal” 13 year olds, I can honestly say that I was plagued with anxiety. From what exactly, I can’t ever remember. Possibly the idea of failing, the idea what I wouldn’t be good enough, the idea that no one truly liked me for who I was. I was a 13 year old girl who struggled with her self-image, who did not have one confident, healthy minded bone in her body. Classical music was used as a way to soothe my nerves, to allow me to set a moment aside to breathe. While I never played any instrument or knew what I was even ever listening to, the sounds of piano concertos soothed my ears and mind, helping me sleep when sleep would not nip at me, helping me focus when it was dire. Classical music offers so much to the ear; there are perky melodies, where the pianos jumps and sings, where the piano releases sounds of spring and summer, chirping, allowing you to look forward to your day. There are songs where the piano hums softly, soothing the listener, allowing sleep to cover them softly. There are songs that will break your heart to pieces, the pain and lament behind every stroke of ivory. The period of my classical music listening in middle school was short, but it was memorable.

Now, in college, I find myself turning more and more to classical music. I find myself tense, full of anxiety over this paper or that paper, over what a certain professor may think of my work, over the grade I will receive at the end of the semester. Sleepless nights are common now. There are times where my mind does not rest until 1 or 2 in the morning, and that’s if I’ve got no work to complete at home. Some people are ashamed of admitting their mental illness. I believe that admitting and coming to terms with it aids with learning how to get better. In the past few months, I’ve once again started to attend weekly therapy sessions. Talking to a professional helps, of course, but he sounds of piano aids me in learning to calm myself, to bring myself to a still moment where my thoughts don’t race so quickly, so anxiously.

One of my favorite composers is Franz Liszt, though, ironically, he came after the classical era in music. Liszt was part of the Romantic period of art and music, and his works are testimony to that. His music is amongst some of my favorite. There is one song, though, that I frequently go back to, no matter the mood. Liebestraum No. 3 is the most famous of the Liebestraum trilogy by Liszt. The song’s title translates to “love dream” or “dream of love” and the song truly shows that. It begins softly and slowly, strokes of the keys gentle. The song carries into a romantic melody, the piano singing to the listener, both lifting and breaking the heart. Liszt understands art, understand the soul; he wrote a piece that has the opportunity to bring the listener to tears if they are broken enough. He also gives the listener an opportunity to become still, to listen, to watch all beautiful things that happen around them. I have listened to this song a multitudes of times, and every single time I notice something different about it, something different about the way I feel about the song. There is never a moment where I grow tired of the song, never a moment where I wished I hadn’t played it. It heals just as much as it breaks; Liebestraum soothes me like nothing ever has. It drives me to breathe, to calm down, but it also drives me to work. When I play it, I feel calm enough to work my thoughts out, to finish the work I have been given.

Liszt is a gift to my work ethic. His songs, in all their variety, give me soundtracks to live to. Scherzo and Marsch is a hoppy tune, something I listen to when I desperately need to get work done. Consolation No. 2 is a gentle sound, the sound of the city as the sun rises, as life wakes from sleep to greet the morning. Un Sospiro is, quite literally, a sigh; it floats over the body, weaves in and out, fills you with relaxation and serenity. Feuille D’Album is the sound of the city at it’s height; when the sun is high, and the people are out; the piano sings to travelers of all types, counting their steps, the jogs, the dashes across streets and from train car to train car. These pieces are gorgeous in every right, and don’t even scratch the surface of the greatness that Liszt has composed. He was truly a talented man, and I am one of many that adore his work.

My passion for helping people ever since I was young.

Ever since I was young, I always enjoyed helping people, and now I am trying to look for a career where I can help people, and my major that I chose is sociology, not everyone knows that I am always trying to be active as well as helpful in my school, it all started in …

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Ever since I was young, I always enjoyed helping people, and now I am trying to look for a career where I can help people, and my major that I chose is sociology, not everyone knows that I am always trying to be active as well as helpful in my school, it all started in Francis Lewis High School, I would always help everyone who worked in the Principal’s office, and I really enjoyed during the time I had lunch, I would always make sure that I would be right there in the principals office in case of any assistance, I never really knew what I wanted be or wanted to do in terms of my career, every time I go to the principal’s office, I would sometime realize and tell myself that I too can be a principal of a school.

 

 

Copyright’s Affect

  According to Wikipedia, Copyright law in the United States encourages the creation of art and culture by rewarding creators with a set of exclusive rights. When something of yours is copyrighted, that means it’s your creation, and that no one else can claim that work. You have the right…

 

According to Wikipedia, Copyright law in the United States encourages the creation of art and culture by rewarding creators with a set of exclusive rights. When something of yours is copyrighted, that means it’s your creation, and that no one else can claim that work. You have the right to reproduce, sell, display or perform your work on your own accord, because in every aspect, it is yours. Copyright laws are imperative to any artist, especially artists who work primarily online. Artists who post their work primarily on the internet can be easier targets of copyright infringement; anyone on any part of he internet can find and repost anything they’d like. If your work is copyrighted to you, then if someone was to reproduce your work in any way, shape or form, it would be considered illegal. This is called copyright infringement. Copyright infringement, in it’s simplest definition, is the use of works protected by copyright law without consent. The use of any work without consent infringes on the exclusive rights that the creator of the work has. As stated, doing this is illegal, and can be disputed in court. Once a creator has published something under copyright law, no other person is allowed to recreate, repost or use in any way that certain project without the consent of the original creator.

Overall, copyright laws are so essential in the life of any artist, who performs art in any form; musicians, fine artists, artists who make their art with a mouse and computer program. These artists rely on these laws everyday, and these laws help them rest easier, knowing that their work is protected, and that in every single right, it belongs to them.

I really enjoyed this class a lot.

Ever since the first day of class, I was so excited in knowing what we were going to learn and work on during the semester. I am really looking forward to taking more CT classes, so I can learn more things all these things that we learn will be very useful in our future job. …

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Ever since the first day of class, I was so excited in knowing what we were going to learn and work on during the semester. I am really looking forward to taking more CT classes, so I can learn more things all these things that we learn will be very useful in our future job. I really like whenever its Tuesday, because that is when I have CT class, and by the end of the semester, I want to try to take in a lot of things that I have learned, so I can be ready for any situation. I’m happy as well as sad and will really miss this class, every time I had this class, it was always like a learning experience and I got better every time. As far as my website is concerned, I am really happy in all the work that I put in my website, I will still try to fit in more posts before we actually do presentations on it.

 

 

My reaction after Thursday’s Disability Awareness Celebration

First of all when I was there, I was really excited that everything was being setup before the event began, and then when it turned to 12 pm, I was wondering why didnt the event get started yet, but still the whole event went really smoothly, and I was nervous as well, because this was …

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First of all when I was there, I was really excited that everything was being setup before the event began, and then when it turned to 12 pm, I was wondering why didnt the event get started yet, but still the whole event went really smoothly, and I was nervous as well, because this was the first time where I had to sing in front of a big group of audience, and I was so happy after hearing the first performance, and then it was my turn, I did fine, but I couldn’t keep up with the lyrics, because there was someone else singing as well, and finally when it came towards my final performance, I was getting really excited and pumped, and I just have to say from hearing from many students, and friends, I know that I did an awesome job, it was so good that the president of the Helping Hands Club decided to sing with me as well as other group of people.  I am so happy that everyone enjoyed my performances that I told them that I will be back  in May 11 for another awesome thrilling performance.  Overall I really did enjoy all of the performances, and it really was a great day at the end of the day.