Something Personal: A Life Update?

Hey, all. It’s been a minute since I last posted – sorry about that. I’ve been out of commission for the past week: no access to the internet, et cetera. I won’t go into detail, but the important thing is that I’m much better now and ready to go.

Anyway, exciting things have still been happening. Remember that project that I was talking about? It officially went live as of Thursday. It’s called a Catalyst Conference project, and it’s the final project for my Gender Studies class. The goal was to find an issue in each student’s local community and figure out how gender studies concepts could be involved – obviously, I chose music.

 

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A screenshot of the beginning of my page – I’m so excited!
For my Catalyst Conference project, which you can check out here, I interviewed four musicians (or parts of bands) who I admire. While talking to Sierra Mollenkopf of First Responder, Marie and Noah of Corbezzolo, Jesamie and Joey of Flashback Humor, and Ben of One Small Step, I explored six unique experiences with gender and music. There were threads of similarity, of course, but every story was totally unique – and that just goes to show how important it is that we don’t generalize when it comes to gender and sexuality. If we do, there’s a danger that we’ll miss the incredible diversity of the Columbus scene, or that we’ll overlook a story that could change someone’s worldview.

 

Essentially, what I’m saying is to go check out these four stories and my project! I definitely appreciate the fact that each of these six wonderful people took time out of their day to meet me and talk. I’ve also incorporated their music into the project, so make sure you check out these bands if you haven’t already. We’ve got a wide range of genres, from fuzz pop to indie rock to shoegaze, but each band is truly awesome.

 

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The playlist was a little funky to get up, but I finally got some music working!

I’m sorry for the weeklong break, and to the friends whose shows I missed. We’ll be returning to your regularly scheduled music blog on Sunday, but until then, please check out that Catalyst Conference project! Not only did I put a lot of work into it, but these people who I interviewed are really something special – they (and their music!) often remind me why I do this stuff. Even while writing this, I couldn’t help but think, “Man, it is good to be back.”

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