If You're Debating On Going To That Concert, Do It

If You're Debating On Going To That Concert, Do It

It is 100% worth it.

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I've never been a huge concert person. I never saw the value in spending money to go see someone on stage that I could listen to on my phone (and they would probably sound better on my phone). But I'm here to tell you that my previous opinion on concerts was so wrong.

I never understood why people would spend so much money to go see someone in concert until I decided to drive 4 hours to a big city to see my absolute favorite band perform. I'm lucky that they sounded so good in person, I know that not every artist is able to put on a good show and sound good in person.

But being there in person, surrounded by people who love them just as much as you do while you're screaming the words to every song, is exhilarating. I never understood the hype of concerts until I experienced what it was truly like to see someone you've listened to for over 7 years.

If you're debating whether you want to spend the money on those tickets or if you actually want to drive hours away for a couple hours worth of music, do it. I know it doesn't seem worth it, but until you're standing there with tears in your eyes listening to the one band/person that has been such a large influence on your life, you won't know what you're missing out on.

There's no other feeling like it. It doesn't seem worth it, but I promise you it is. Concerts can be expensive, but the feeling you get while you're there and the after-concert high is priceless.

If you're debating buying concert tickets, DO IT! You don't even need to get those good expensive seats, you'll have a good time no matter where you're seated. There really is no other feeling to compare it to. I know now that every time my favorite band is back on tour I'll be at the ready to buy tickets.

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'Baby, It's Cold Outside' Is NOT About Date Rape, It's A Fight Against Social Norms Of The 1940s

The popular Christmas song shouldn't be considered inappropriate.

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The classic Christmas song "Baby, It's Cold Outside" has recently come under attack. There has been controversy over the song being deemed as inappropriate since it has been suggested that it promotes date rape. Others believe that the song is another common example of our culture's promotion of rape. You may be wondering, where did they get that idea from?

The controversy has led to one radio station, WDOK, taking the song off the air and banning it from their station. Some people believe that this song goes against the #MeToo movement since it promotes rape. However, people are not considering the fact that this traditional Christmas song was made in the 1940s.

People are viewing the song from a modern-day cultural perspective rather than from the perspective of the 1940s. "Baby, It's Cold Outside" was written in 1944. Many people have viewed the song from the perspective of our cultural and social norms. People believe that the song promotes date rape because of lyrics that suggest that the male singing is trying to stop the female singer from leaving, and the female singer is constantly singing about trying to escape with verses like "I really can't stay" or "I've got to go home."

When you first view the song from the perspective of today's culture, you may jump to the conclusion that the song is part of the date rape culture. And it's very easy to jump to this conclusion, especially when you are viewing only one line from the song. We're used to women being given more freedom. In our society, women can have jobs, marry and be independent. However, what everyone seems to forget is that women did not always have this freedom.

In 1944, one of the social norms was that women had curfews and were not allowed to be in the same house as a man at a later time. It was considered a scandal if a single woman so much as stayed at another man's house, let alone be in the same room together. It's mind-blowing, right? You can imagine that this song was probably considered very provocative for the time period.

"Baby, It's Cold Outside" is not a song that encourages date rape, but is actually challenging the social norms of society during the time period. When you listen to the song, you notice that at one part of the song, the female states, "At least I can say that I tried," which suggests that she really doesn't want to leave. In fact, most of the song, she is going back and forth the whole time about leaving stating, "I ought to say no…well maybe just a half a drink more," and other phrases.

She doesn't want to leave but doesn't really have a choice due to fear of causing a scandal, which would have consequences with how others will treat her. It was not like today's society where nobody cares how late someone stays at another man's house. Nowadays, we could care less if we heard that our single neighbor stayed over a single man's house after 7. We especially don't try to look through our curtain to check on our neighbor. Well, maybe some of us do. But back then, people did care about where women were and what they were doing.

The female singer also says in the lyrics, "The neighbors might think," and, "There's bound to be talk tomorrow," meaning she's scared of how others might perceive her for staying with him. She even says, "My sister will be suspicious," and, "My brother will be there at the door," again stating that she's worried that her family will find out and she will face repercussions for her actions. Yes, she is a grown woman, but that doesn't mean that she won't be treated negatively by others for going against the social norms of the time period.

Then why did the male singer keep pressuring her in the song? This is again because the song is more about challenging the social norms of the time period. Both the female and male singers in the song are trying to find excuses to stay and not leave.

On top of that, when you watch the video of the scene in which the song was originally viewed, you notice that the genders suddenly switch for another two characters, and now it's a female singer singing the male singer's part and vice versa. You also notice that the whole time, both characters are attracted to one another and trying to find a way to stay over longer.

Yes, I know you're thinking it doesn't matter about the genders. But, the song is again consensual for both couples. The woman, in the beginning, wants to stay but knows what will await if she doesn't leave. The male singer meanwhile is trying to convince her to forget about the rules for the time period and break them.

In addition, the complaint regarding the lyric "What's in this drink?" is misguided. What a lot of people don't understand is that back in 1944, this was a common saying. If you look at the lyrics of the song, you notice that the woman who is singing is trying to blame the alcoholic drink for causing her to want to stay longer instead of leaving early. It has nothing to do with her supposed fear that he may have tried to give her too much to drink in order to date rape her. Rather, she is trying to find something to blame for her wanting to commit a scandal.

As you can see, when you view the song from the cultural perspective of the 1940s, you realize that the song could be said to fight against the social norms of that decade. It is a song that challenges the social constrictions against women during the time period. You could even say that it's an example of women's rights, if you wanted to really start an argument.

Yes, I will admit that there were movies and songs made back in the time period that were part of the culture of date rape. However, this song is not the case. It has a historical context that cannot be viewed from today's perspective.

The #MeToo movement is an important movement that has led to so many changes in our society today. However, this is not the right song to use as an example of the date rape culture.

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10 Songs You Will Hear On ALL College Campuses

Thanks to the 2018 fall semester, "Mo Bamba" has become my lullaby before I go to sleep.

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Whenever I hear a song I like, I am the person who pulls out their phone to Shazam it if I don't know its name. I have saved you this embarrassment, as the songs below are those that you are bound to hear at least once a week in college. This comprehensive list includes the most popular songs, even though some of them are "throwbacks." Whether it's blaring through a speaker or someone's headphones, these anthems are all over college campuses (and probably overrated). They may not be everyone's taste, but everyone knows the words. Maybe you will add them to your library!

1. "Mo Bamba" by Sheck Wes

Nobody knows the words, but nobody seems to care. If you've been to any tailgate in 2018, there is an 100% chance you have heard this hit by Sheck Wes.

2. "Sicko Mode" by Travis Scott

From the quick change in pace in the middle of the song to the iconic lines, Travis Scott's song, "Sicko Mode," is heard practically wherever you go.

3. "Can't Say" by Travis Scott

Scott's release of "Astroworld" hooked listeners into his upbeat and trademarked style, so it's no wonder that most of his songs appear on everyone's playlists.

4. "Mr. Brightside" by The Killers

I'm not complaining about this 2000s throwback. This song practically has the power to make strangers into immediate friends when they belt out the lyrics to each other!

5. "Uproar" by Lil Wayne ft. Swizz Beats

A new addition to the scene is taken right off of Lil Wayne's new album, and immediately was downloaded onto everyone's playlist.

6. "Taste" by Tyga ft. Offset

This catchy beat makes everyone in the room dance, even if the only word you know in the song is, "taste."

7. "I Love It" by Kanye West and Lil Pump

The music video was confusing, the words may not be appropriate, but that doesn't stop this track from being blasted across campus.

8. "No Hands" by Waka Flocka Flame ft. Roscoe Dash and Wale

Despite its release nearly eight years ago, this song never fails to make everyone in the room dance.

9. "Gold Digger" by Kanye West ft. Jamie Foxx

Everyone and their grandmothers know this song, enough said.

10. "Donald Trump" by Mac Miller

Mac Miller left his fans with great music, almost all of which will remain on people's playlists for the foreseeable future.

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