10 Best Tracks Of Neil Hilborn's "Northbound"

10 Best Tracks Of Neil Hilborn's "Northbound"

The emotion that his words pull from you is not fathomable.
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Neil Hilborn released his album of spoken word poetry in 2014. I found it almost a year ago after watching a documentary on slam poetry and have not since stopped listening to it. I was never into reading poetry or really, poetry at all until I began listening to spoken word poetry. Spoken word poetry is almost comparable to listening to a poetry book on tape with an added bonus of the emotion that the author of the spoken word puts out into the world during their performance.

1. "It Was the Summer"

This poem, explains how a person can go from being basked in comfort to falling into a long hard depression. It earns the number one spot on this list because of the emotions that it evokes in such a short time span.

2. "Our Numbered Days"

Although almost half of this track is quotes from other people, they were obviously delicately and deliberately selected and that is what makes it poetic. Its subject is heaven and the calmness of his voice makes you think of heaven and what will happen after death.

3. "OCD"

During this, you are dragged in as a part of a relationship and the cuteness of her acceptance of him and his quirks. But then your devastated at the end and cannot manage to turn it off from how consumed you are.

4. "Audiobook"

This is my favorite and is probably the funniest of all tracks from the author’s blatant explanation of life, love and the decisions you make during both. To stay true to the theme of the album, it makes you feel something and question all the choices you have ever made.

5. "Motown"

“Motown” explains the questions about racism from the point of view of someone who just doesn’t know what they should do or say, especially today during high racial tensions.

6. "The Future"

“The Future” focuses on pulling you into the feeling of what it feels like to be bipolar and what happens when you have no control over your life or your emotions.

7. "Mating Habits of the North American Hipster"

**WARNING** Do not listen to this poem with your parents or children. If you can get past the impressive amount of vulgar language, I find the author’s blatant observations of the millennial generation to make me literally laugh out loud.

8. "Future Tense"

Neil’s description of what it feels like to be dumped draws you in so far that it may feel like it is happening to you. The intensity of his voice builds and falls with the intensity of the content that he speaks.

9. "Dust Mop"

“Dust Mop”, like “Motown” addresses the subject of race and points out that short of a basketball game and a torn shirt he has lost nothing to the Native Americans.

10. "Phone Phreaking"

This poem is composed of a history lesson, the story of his own attachment to his phone, and it makes you question your own attachment to your cell-phone.

This is only half of the album. These were only the best of the album, in my opinion. Check out the entire album here.

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A Beginner's Guide to Milwaukee Sports

Part I: The Bucks

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Being a college student in Milwaukee has its perks, especially for sports fans. Now, while some may have brought their hometown teams to college, others (myself included) may have warmed up to the Cream City teams without knowing much about them. If this is the case for you, then these pointers can help you start enjoying Milwaukee basketball without looking and sounding like a bandwagon fan.

Quick History

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Here are some facts about the Bucks that can make you feel more knowledgeable about the franchise:

- They have only won one championship (back in 1971) and have lost one NBA Finals series (1974) (Land of Basketball)

- They have only had one* MVP-caliber player in Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (#33) during the 1971, 1972, and 1974 seasons (Land of Basketball)

- Other Notable Players Include: Oscar Robertson (#1), Sidney Moncrief (#4), Jon McGlocklin (#14) and Ray Allen (#34) (Land of Basketball)

*Giannis Antetokounmpo may win the MVP award this year

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Gear Up

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This one is a bit of a no-brainer. Wearing team's colors or spirit wear is a must, especially if you're going to a game. Most items like hats and t-shirts are perfectly acceptable, and these are great if you're not trying to break the bank. Buying your gear from a sporting goods store will usually be cheaper than buying them from the team store (the main one of which is located in Fiserv Forum). Most online stores like NBA.com, Fanatics, Fansedge, and sometimes even the team's online store will have sales on sports gear, so getting a good deal on team wear is always a plus!

A Word of Caution: Jerseys

All three of these players are not part of the 2018-2019 roster and #77 and #3 have been reused by current players Ersan Ilyasova (#77) and George Hill (#3)

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If you're willing to go the extra mile, buying a jersey can really get you into locked in and pumped for the live action. However, it should be kept in mind that official Nike NBA jerseys range from $110-$250, so they definitely are an investment. While there are other options available like the FastBreak jerseys by Fanatics, they are a simpler (still official) knockoff of the Nike jerseys. Also; beware buying sale jerseys. There are usually three reasons why jerseys are ever on sale (aside from a storewide sale): a player is injured, a player doesn't play much and is about to be traded, or a player has been traded. While there is nothing wrong with having the jersey of a player who went on to another team (like Kareem and Allen), you are not exactly going to get brownie points for wearing a Jabari Parker or a Thon Maker jersey anytime soon.

Know The Current Squad

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Everyone in Milwaukee has heard of Giannis Antetokounmpo, but who else is part of the supporting cast?

Starting Five for the 2018-2019 Milwaukee Bucks (Basketball Reference):

- #6 Eric Bledsoe at Point Guard

- #13 Malcolm "The President" Brogdon at Shooting Guard

- #22 Khris "Money" Middleton at Small Forward

- #34 Giannis "The Greek Freak" Antetokounmpo at Power Forward

- #11 Brook "Splash Mountain" Lopez at Center

Student Perk

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Using your university email, you can get special discount ticket offers for home games by signing up for the Bucks' Student Rush Program. Tickets usually start at $15 per ticket, and the seats available may depend on who the Bucks are playing (and how well they are doing during the season).

Get Involved and Have Fun!

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Don't be afraid to get into it! The Bucks are an amazing team to watch and they love Bucks Nation. In addition to cheering at games, going to team events and player appearances can be great ways to make memories and even get an autograph or two!

Are You a Bucks Fan Now?🦌

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I think Giannis would agree!

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