An Analysis of Tracy Morgan’s Emmy Speech

If you watch the video below, it will tug on your heartstrings a little because this seems to be one of Tracy Morgan’s first speech since his accident. Tracy Morgan made his first public appearance after the accident at the Emmys Awards in 2015.

maxresdefaultEarlier last year, Morgan and his friend and comedian James McNair, was in a car crash that landed Morgan in a coma for multiple days. Once Morgan stepped out on the Emmy stage everyone in the room stood up and you can feel the love and warmth. Morgan’s attention getter was an illustration that had a pathos appeal. Morgan quoted his friend, Jimmy Kimmel, said “We’ll see you back here, next year, Tracy Morgan”. I would say this speech was informative because Morgan briefly went over what happened to him and although people were already filled in, people did not hear Morgan’s side of the story until he was able to tell what happened.

Since the subject was so serous Morgan put in multiple funny jokes especially at the end. The audience response, which was laughter showed that they were paying attention and listening to Morgan words. Morgan’s speech seemed to be memorized but with him adapting to the audience so well he might have been giving the audience and extemporaneous speech.

Tracy Morgan has showed the public how to handle a traumatic accident and not only acknowledge but allow his situation to help him get back on his feet.  Sadly, Morgan’s friend James McNair died as a result of the accident.   

 

 

 

https://www.google.com/search?q=Tracy+Morgan+and+friend+accident

A Michaelson Experience

Recently, I have been listening to a lot of Ingrid Michaelson Ingrids heartlately. Reasons for this—One: Her music makes me feel happier when I have the homework blues. Two: Her songwriting skills are flawless.  And three: She puts her heart into her music. Basically, she’s a very talented and genuine person who brings positivity into the world.

Ingrid Ellen Egbert Michaelson is a half Swedish American; New York based indie pop singer-songwriter who was born December 8, 1979. In 2006, Michaelson independently put out her second album, Girls and Boys. After a music producer from ABC Drama Grey’s found her music online, the producer made it possible for the single Keep Breathing to play during Grey’s Anatomy Season 3 Episode 25- Didn’t We Almost Have it All. After this, Michaelson was approached by many record companies. Michaelson, being the amazing person that she is, wanted to retain all of her rights as an independent artist and signed a deal with Original Signal Recordings. Michaelson wanted the label to act as the marketing and distribution arm.

In September 18, 2007, Michaelson re-released her album Girls and Boys into the mainstream market on September 18, 2007. This album peaked at #63 on the Billboard charts. That’s is a pretty great accomplishment. Now, if you are still not convinced that Ingrid Michaelson is a unique artist that you need to be listening to–here are my top four songs/reasons why Ingrid Michaelson is a spectacular human being.

Top Four songs that are also reasons why Ingrid Michaelson is a spectacular human being:
  1. “Everybody”

This is an oldie that sure to put a smile on anyone’s face because “everybody wants to love and everyone wants to be loved.” If you are feeling down you better listen to this song right now!

  1. “Girls Chase Boys”

Originally, intended to be a break-up song Michaelson’s framed this music video to ingrid chases boyssimulate Robert Palmer’s late ‘80s single “Simply Irresistible”. The take away in this song is that “no matter who or how we love we are all the same” –Ingrid Michaelson

  1. “You and I”

This cute and catchy song captures the idea that as a couple we may not have a lot of money but we can make the best of what we do have—and strive to get to where we want to be.

  1. “Afterlife”

This is an empowering song that tells people to face their fears head on and to know that you are capable of doing whatever you set your mind to. This song gives me such a confidence boost.

CONCLUSION: Ingrid Michaelson is a great addition to society and her art through music has such a positive impact on the world and gives people those happy tingly feelings inside.Ingrid_MichaelsonJune15

Ingrid Michaelson is doing a tour this summer called “A Summer Night Out with Ingrid Michaelson” and tickets are on sale now. Click on the link below to buy them! tickets.http://www.ingridmichaelson.com/tour

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ingrid_Michaelson

http://outbuzz.net/girls-chase-boys-ingrid-michaelson-channels-robert-palmer/

http://www.riverinteractive.com/concertguide/Ingrid-Michaelson—Knitting-Factory—June-15-2015-297457281.html

Photography: A Renaissance Girl’s Perspective

When I was a teenager, I attended an art school named Tacoma School of the Arts also known as SOTA for short. At this school, each student is required to choose a major. A few being: Theater, Visual Arts, Creative Writing, Dance, and Music. I can be indecisive at times, and because of this, my major was Renaissance. I got to do a little bit of everything. I was in theater, musical theater, video and graphic design, drawing, songwriting and dark room photography. Photography is such a beautiful way for others to express themselves. Not only is photography a fun activity, but it has this artistic style and flar16-best-panoramic-photography.previewe to it. This style or flare intrigues people like myself to analyze photos.

The way we are supposed to analyze photos are through the elements of art and the principles of art. The elements of art include evaluating: shape, line, color, and texture.

The principles of art take evaluating to another level through movement, harmony, variety, rhythm, unity, emphasis, balance, proportion, and pattern.  Next, I am going to analyze a couple of photos like I did in high school.I have to say this was fun and brought back a lot of good memories. 

B and w Description: In this black and white photo there is a wooden box with a statement on it. In the background there are a couple more wooden boxes with statements on it; these boxes cannot be read as easily as the one in front. In the back of the photograph there is a old style rusty bike.

Reflection: This photo makes me feel happy and confident. It encourages Erik Qualman’s idea of being “FLAWsome” and accept the imperfections about yourself.

Formal Analysis:

Elements of Art-The lines in this picture are straight because of the box in the picture. The shape is a rectangle and because this picture was taken at an angle the lines and shape are enforced more. The black background of the sign immediately pulls the viewer in with the combination of the white letters. The lighting around the sign forces you to look at the sign because it looks lighter than the center. Your eye is drawn upward because of the bike and dark signs in the background. Clearly, there is contrast between the black and white in the picture. Again the white stands out and makes the viewer look at the words.

Principles of Art-Proportion and emphasis is represented here by the box because it is the largest piece in the picture. I feel a sense of unity from this picture because every element in the picture has a black and white scale. This ties everything together. Finally, I sense rhythm in this picture because there are two other boxes in the background of the photo. Harmony is in this inspiring photo because they are using small particles (background boxes) gives a completed whole look to the photo.

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Description: This picture is of nature. Specially a lake surrounded by dark green trees and mountains. The top half of the picture includes a bright blue sky with morphed white clouds.

Reflection: This photo makes me feel tranquil and at peace. This also makes me feel exhilarated and want to explore.

Elements of Art- When viewing this picture its easy to see that this picture is split in half horizontally. Shape is represented in this photo through a triangle shape being made with the trees and the mountains. The shadow on the lake created from the trees and the mountains create a reflective triangle shape on the water. Lines are represented in the sky–its kind of like someone just took the clouds and decided to stretch that out to create those lines across the sky. Color is another element in this photograph. The hue is very bright in the sky, trees, and water. The mountains have a bright hue as well but not as bright as the other vibrant colors.

Principles of Art- There is a sense of balance in the picture because the trees, mountain, and sky reflect onto the lake. There is a sense of harmony and completeness in those photo that creates unity. The sky is emphasized here because it immediately catches your eye when you look at it. The bright and darkness in the sky contiribute to this as well. Proportion is represented strongly here. The mountains and the trees are way smaller than the sky and the lake. I think this helps create the sense of balance because there are two big spaces on the top and bottom me of the photo- and the mountains and trees are about the same size.

I hope you all are doing well. Remember the next time you look at a photograph you may want to analyze it to understand it better.

http://www.getty.edu/education/teachers/classroom_resources/curricula/exploring_photographs/background1.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Principles_of_art

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elements_of_art

Happy Birthday SELENA!!

Picture this: A small child, around age 4, is ready to go to school. Pre-Kindergarten to be exact; the father picks up the child and places her in the back of his black trail blazer. The car is so big she can stand inside of it without hitting her head on the ceiling. The child hears the engine start to rumble as the father pulls out of the driveway. The next thing that is heard is a warm, velvety, voice of a Mexican American singing Bidi Bidi Bom Bom out of the speakers of the car. This singer is Selena Quintanilla Perez; not only a singer but a songwriter, actress, spokesperson, and a fashion designer. This small child was me.

SelenaSelena Quintanilla Perez was born on April 16, 1971 in Lake Jackson Texas. Her parents’ names are Abraham Quintanilla, Jr and Marcella Ofelia Samora. Perez had two siblings, a sister, Suzette Quintanilla, and a brother, A.B. Quintanilla III.

Selena y Los Dinos is the band that Abraham Quintanilla, started when Selena and her siblings were young. This is the same band Selena was a part of when she passed away on March 31, 1995. The murder was done by her registered agent named Yolanda Saldívar. Initially, she seemed like a good influence that wanted nothing but good things for Selena, her career, and her fashion boutiques. Turns out, she embezzled more than $60,000 in forged checks from both the Selena’s fan club and the boutiques. Saldívar border lined on obsession with Selena–which is clearly not healthy.

Selena Perez died at the young age of 23. She not only left her family, b0303_CCLO_selenabook1ut her husband Chris Perez, an American guitarist, songwriter. The man she married a few years back in 1992. Like most couples–this one planned on having little family and a farm together. Sadly, this never happened.

Growing up, my father played Perez’ music all the time. Although I didn’t know what she was saying some of the time, I loved the music. My father constantly tried to teach me Spanish when I was younger and this was one of his ways he taught me. My dad is Puerto Rican as well so I’m sure that helped influence this music as well. I can honestly say that Selena was a great role model for me because she was such a successful woman. She was able to handle her singing career with everything she was doing.

Selena was so influential, a movie was made about her. It is titled “Selena” starring Jennifer Lopez. I love Selena so much that I own this movie on DVD.  It is biographical drama covering the important events in Perez’ life. It’s such a great movie because you can gain more insight on her life, especially if you were old enough to recognize her work when she was alive. I want to close by saying Happy Birthday Selena you are truly loved and missed.

http://www.caller.com/entertainment/chris-perez-selenas-husband-authors-book-about

https://beta.prx.org/stories/82581

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Selena

Below is a clip of the ending of the movie “Selena”–enjoy!