Blind Willie Johnson’s Music Authentically From the Soul

Because of my love for learning, over the years, I’ve taken as many free online courses as possible through various sources. Several years ago, “Listening to World Music” was a free course offered through Coursera and taught by University of Pennsylvania instructor Carol Muller. Surprisingly, the first week covered an enormous amount of information. BeingContinue reading “Blind Willie Johnson’s Music Authentically From the Soul”

Cloth & Rag Dolls – History and Facts

I have always had a fascination with dolls of all kinds. When I was a child, I had a few rag dolls, one of which I know was Raggedy Ann. I had her until I was in my 30s and sold it to a vintage collector. There were a few other rag dolls in myContinue reading “Cloth & Rag Dolls – History and Facts”

Salvador Dali’s Hallucinogenic Toreador Meaning in Symbols

This is a piece I wrote in college. I cited where appropriate. Please use this page as a reference if you are quoting any of my work. In the late 1920s and early 1930s, an art movement called Surrealism began that would shape an entirely different view of the world of art. Taking on dream-likeContinue reading “Salvador Dali’s Hallucinogenic Toreador Meaning in Symbols”

A Hypothetical Conversation With Sigmund Freud About Art

Sigmund Freud’s dictation of symbols became apparent in literature, poetry, music, and art in the early twentieth century. His psychoanalytic theories on dreams helped abandon the conventional ways of the arts. Bohemian author Franz Kafka’s use of symbolism in Metamorphosis, e.e. Cummings’ transformation of poetry into analytic pieces, and musician/composer Richard Strauss’s symbolic representations inContinue reading “A Hypothetical Conversation With Sigmund Freud About Art”

Recipe: Love Spell Yogurt Cups

Whether looking for love, working on self-love, or wanting to rekindle love in a relationship, eating love-based food could be part of the answer to finding true love! It’s taken years for me to experiment with the right foods to put in my body, and it seems to change over time. If you have foodContinue reading “Recipe: Love Spell Yogurt Cups”

Number Puzzles and Symbolism in Bram Stoker’s Dracula

I have never been a fan of vampire books or movies, so when I found out that I had to read Bram Stoker’s Dracula AND write an essay, I cringed. How was I going write a paper about something I don’t enjoy reading? That’s when I had to pick a creative straw and noted theContinue reading “Number Puzzles and Symbolism in Bram Stoker’s Dracula”

Taxi Driver – An analogy of Travis Bickle

Taxi Driver’s script reeks of loneliness, and so does the protagonist, Travis Bickle (played by Robert DeNiro). When Bickle is being interviewed for the cab driving job, the personnel officer immediately points out that “we don’t need any misfits around here, son,” so right off, it’s a foreboding that Travis is probably a misfit. AnContinue reading “Taxi Driver – An analogy of Travis Bickle”

The Sweet Hereafter – Series Bitterness and Greed

The Sweet Hereafter is a terribly poignant movie. There are several underlying themes of the script, including transformation, guilt, regret, blame, revenge, and deceit. The entire script is an awful cycle of deceit and blame that is generally about a school bus crash, yet goes much deeper into the lives of each character. The incitingContinue reading “The Sweet Hereafter – Series Bitterness and Greed”

Being High is Okay in Emily Dickinson’s ‘I Taste a Liquor Never Brewed’

Deciphering the meaning of poetry has been something I’ve enjoyed doing since I was a teenager. My English teachers often called on me to read aloud and interpret readings while everyone else was either bored or wondered how I knew this stuff. For me, it just came natural, because I love metaphors and the hiddenContinue reading “Being High is Okay in Emily Dickinson’s ‘I Taste a Liquor Never Brewed’”

An Interpretation of Huun-Huur-Tu’s Throat Singing Concert Series

The purpose of taking a World Music class is to learn about something I hadn’t yet been exposed to. Tuvan “throat singing” is definitely new to me, and I wasn’t sure if I could tolerate it at first; however, I actually came to like it so much that I am listening to the concert againContinue reading “An Interpretation of Huun-Huur-Tu’s Throat Singing Concert Series”