10 Thoughts On Why The Oldies Take The Cake

10 Thoughts On Why The Oldies Take The Cake

They're oldies but they're goodies!

There are gazillions of reasons why the Oldies will always remain No. 1. And though there are plenty of modern day songs I love, none of them compare to the vintage taste of the 20th century. Of course, this is coming from a person who has a personal disdain for rap, but no worries, friend. This isn't a hate speech against the trendier and modern genres.

Anywho, here are the reasons why I believe know that the Oldies take the throne.

1. They are classics.

You Baby Boomers have a pretty great ear for tune. No one can beat Elvis Presley, the Animals, the Turtles, Tom Jones and the hundreds of talented singers that provided our world with good music. Listen to one of my personal favorites, the Ozark Mountain Daredevil's "Jackie Blue," and you'll see why it's a classic.

2. You can actually understand the singers.

One hundred percent death metal right here. Maybe I'm just old fashioned, but I like to hear what I'm listening to rather than just the instruments and screaming. This is one of my brother's favorite types of music, and I like to give him a hard time and tell him that the vocals sound like they're coming from dragons.

3. The melody is out of this world.

Believe me, listen to "Evil Woman" by E.L.O. or Elton John's "Bennie and the Jets" and you'll probably ditch rap.

4. The concerts have such a respectable atmosphere.

My friend and I recently saw Paul McCartney on his One on One Tour, and let me tell you, it was way different than a One Direction concert that same friend and I attended two years ago. McCartney's audience was definitely not as annoying, and even had the classic, lighter sway during songs like "The Fool On The Hill." The Directioners screamed--and I mean screamed--every time a One Direction perfume commercial appeared on the venue's projection screens. I'd pick an oldies concert over a boy band concert any day.

5. If you're younger, you grew up listening to this genre via parental units.

Yep, good ol' Mom and Dad got you hooked on the Bee Gees before you could even tie your shoe. My mom's music was the first thing I listened to growing up, and was the first thing on my iPod when I turned 14. I'm 20 now, and you'll still find dozens of classics on my phone.

6. The original fangirls are rooted to the oldies.

Way before the Backstreet Boys or One Direction, we had Beatlemania stealing the hearts of the youth.

7. The lyrics aren't vulgar and condescending.

To all modern-day artists: Women aren't b-words, and you don't need an f-bomb between each word. My goodness, your mothers ought to wash your mouths out with soap.

8. The oldies provide perfect songs for any life-altering event.

Weddings, funerals, graduations, any social or private event, you name it. They all sync perfectly with beautiful songs of the 1900s. I'd love to have Three Dog Night's "Old Fashioned Love Song" play at my wedding someday, and I'll come back and haunt my funeral planners if the Beatles' "Free As A Bird" doesn't play at some point.

9. A majority of the younger artists have all been inspired by oldies bands.

I'm not a Justin Bieber fan, but even this artist has cited Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and the Beatles as inspiration.

10. Why smoke to be cool? All you have to do is listen to the oldies!

I'm not even kidding here. Many teenagers post lyrics or song titles and instantly have interaction with that post. Let's be real. If the oldies genre was a drug, everyone would be hooked. I know I am!

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.


Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.

I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.

I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.

As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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