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    This song spent a record breaking thirteen weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. It also won Grammys for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, and Best R&B song. “It is ranked as the 6th most successful song of the 1990-99 decade. Methodology Generic Criticism is a practice within rhetorical criticism for exploring artifacts in terms of their genre: “the set of generic expectations, conventions, and constraints that guide their production and interpretation.” Generic Application is the type of analysis that is going to be exhibited. According to Foss (2008), “Generic Application is the process of using the description of the genre to determine if the artifact is a good or poor example of the genre”…

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    Blurred Lines If you’ve heard the lyrics to the song Blurred Lines, could you be able to imagine those words spoken in a loving, sexual relationship? Probably not, as there has been a lot of controversy about the “hidden” meaning behind the song. The 2013 hit single by Robin Thicke has caused many people discomfort as a result of some sickening lines and easily misinterpreted lyrics. Maybe Thicke didn’t purposely write a song about rape and mistreating women, but if one person can interpret the…

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    While indulging in a binge watching weekend I spotted one of my all-time favorite films. Recently placed on Amazon prime Trouble with the Curve starring Clint Eastwood and Amy Adams. There are so many reasons why I love this movie. First and foremost it is the romance aspect, being that I am truly a romantic at heart, I can never pass up a romantic comedy. The second reason is that it’s a movie about baseball. I love a good baseball game and how could I pass up a baseball movie with some good…

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    A Village to Raise a Child “Help me, Mama. I need you to help me.” “It’s too late for that, the woman said. You got yourself into this, you can just get out of it” (Haruf 10). Parents are a main source of comfort and care for children. However, in Plainsong, parent abandonment is a main theme. Ike, Bobby, and Victoria are three characters whose lives change drastically from decisions of their parents. However, “It takes a village to raise a child.” The abandonment of their parents causes hard…

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    Throughout history mankind has battled temptation, greed, and guilt. These three issues are forever lasting in the world in a wide array of cultures and time periods. In Mark Twain’s, The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg, Twain explains his views on the themes of temptation, greed ,and guilt. Temptation is no stranger. Each person faces temptation daily. In the case of the people of Hadleyburg, they were tempted when an unsuspecting man delivers a sack of gold. The stranger does not give…

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    The creation of the Keystone XL Pipeline is an issue that has become the subject of national debate for the past couple of years. On one hand, there are those that believe it should be built because of its economic benefits. On the other hand, there are those who are against its creation because of the environmental damage it could cause and the communities it could ruin. Because of how divided people are over its creation, President Barack Obama has had to address the issue several times as…

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    Juke Box Musical Analysis

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    Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald), “(You’d Be So) Easy To Love” (Recorded by Billie Holiday and Sammy Davis Jr.), “You’re The Top” (Recorded by Bing Crosby and Ethel Merman) and the title track “Anything Goes” (Recorded by Chris Connor and Tony Bennett). Frank Loesser started writing Tin Pan Alley after he hadn’t had any luck with his previous jobs. His first musical he wrote was Where’s Charley but he didn’t get any major success until he wrote the hit “Baby It’s Cold Outside” used in the film…

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    “Over time, grit is what separates fruitful lives from aimlessness.” This is what John Ortberg had to say about grit and the effect it has on people and the world. When giving the TED Talk, “The Key to Success? Grit”, Angela Lee Duckworth shared something similar, “...One characteristic emerged as a significant predictor of success. It wasn't social intelligence, it wasn't good looks, physical health, and it wasn't IQ: It was grit.” Duckworth’s insightful words showed me that grit is more…

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    "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." Many people adore this author, Dr. Seuss. He wrote numerous books; several have morals in them, such as this. If you want something to change, you have to take the initiative and make the change. In John Mayer's song Waiting on the World to Change, he declares that he can not beat the wrong in the world so he will wait until things get better. Mayer says the fight is not fair and he does not have the…

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    Music is usually something that everyone can relate to. Music has conformed over many years and will continue too many years to come. The numerous genres of music have made it possible to touch many different lives, because not everyone likes the same music. Music is something that is different to everyone. Some may use music to help lift their spirit, and then someone else may use it to calm down their self. No matter how you use music in your own individual way, it is something that our world…

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