Why I write the way I write; An opinion piece on literary Journalism from Dylanna Fisher

Feature writers first separated themselves from hard-hitting news by writing “human interest stories,” as Wolfe describes them, which were “long and often hideously sentimental accounts of hitherto unknown souls beset by tragedy or unusual hobbies within the sheet’s circulation area… In any case, feature stories gave a man a certain amount of room in which to write.”

Holidays are Many.

The holidays are a time of joy and family and giving, regardless of the celebrations. nine out of ten Americans celebrate Christmas in 2013. In America, 75% of the population believes in the virgin birth of Jesus. Only half see Christmas as a religious holiday while 1/3 views it as a cultural holiday instead.  

Sharing Is Caring; How Internet Censorship in Canada Affects Journalism

In fictional, and not so fictional stereotypes, journalists struggle against censorship throughout the world; the blacked-out documents, silent informants, and gag ordered witnesses. Though, it is no longer constricted to paper or words at all but includes much more. The internet has become the dominant form of media and brings new dynamics to both. Censorship is a way to limit the power, choice, and education of the public ideally for the general good of the public. Internet censorship provides a kind of security, morality and objectivity. Though, freedom of expression promotes individualism, creativity, and constructive criticism. Instead of risking the craft, limited internet censorship can actually improve journalism and it’s attempts to bring information to the people.

Are John Cage’s Works Really Music?

Growing up, I often heard the argument against modern art (including music) that it wasn’t “real art”. But what is “real art”? What is “real music”? That answer is going to be different depending on whom you ask.

Concerns Elevate Regarding Live Music According to Data

Everyone has their thoughts and worries about the Covid-19 pandemic. Abacus Data and Music Canada surveyed Canadians to learn their worries about the music industry during the pandemic. In may of 2020 was the first survey that found that over half of Canadians are concerned about returning to live music venues and wouldn’t be comfortable until 6 months or more had passed.

Edmonton’s Hyper-Local Music Collections

Edmonton’s music scene is bright and vibrant. Although, it’s not as prominent as Vancouver or Toronto, Edmonton is a hub for music of all genres. Taking Edmonton’s music into their digital collections, the University of Alberta and The Edmonton Public Library each have collections of local music from Edmonton artists. 

Move for your Health; Benefits of Dancing

“Physical inactivity is a major public health issue in which dance could have an important role to play, “comments Burkhardt and Brennan, “Physical activity is an important factor, affecting cardiovascular and all-cause mortality.”

In conclusion, the research of the decade shows that dancing is a beneficial exercise regardless of circumstances. The benefits are not only physical but mental, emotional, and social.

Rubber Chicken Covers

Although they’re meant for comedy, that’s not all they’re used for. Many musicians have taken to using them as an instrument. This creates a genre of music covers made from rubber chickens. Yes, you did read that correctly. And yes, I do have a list of rubber chicken cover songs.

Bringing Japanese Tradition Forward; Koto Covers

As with many traditional instruments from around the world, globalization and the influence of western culture have made traditions less prominent. This is the case with the koto in Japan. Regardless of its prominence, musicians such as June Kuramoto,  Reiko Obata, Elizabeth Falconer, and Yukiko Matsuyama bring the koto to modern music. Though that’s not the only musicians that provide koto music in a modern context. Cover musicians like the ones below do exactly that.