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My name is Bekah and I am a sophomore here at Butler. I am an Art + Design major and love sewing and being creative. I also love dancing (I'm on dance team!), eating cereal, and shopping at Target.

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Archive: March 2014

Music Monday: alt-J

Happy Monday friends. The weather is poppin, the sun is shining, and it is the perfect day for you to sit outside and stare at the sky whilst listening to some serene tunes. All signs point to this Music Monday being about alt-J.

alt-J is an English indie rock band from Leeds, England who have been making music together since 2007. Their debut album, An Awesome Wave, earned them a British Mercury Prize, as well as nominations for three Brit Awards. Their songs “Fitzpleasure,” “Bloodflood,” and “Tessellate” have been featured on television shows such as Weeds, Teen Wolf, and Homeland.

Their music sounds as if they were floating in outerspace when they recorded it, and you are floating underwater as you listen; it is kind of eerie, but in the most pleasant way. It is a great combination of indie music with dashes of electronicy dub-step mixed in. I honestly don’t know what words are being sung about 75% of the time because he’s kind of hard to understand, but they just sound so stinkin’ cool. I could listen to them for hours because their music is so pleasant and floaty. Check em out!

Have a great week and thanks for reading :)

“Fitzpleasure”

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“Tessellate”

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“Bloodflood”

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Brainbashing

Today, I mentally deteriorated a little bit. My mind and body is a ball of stress, and I feel as if all my brain cells detached themselves from my brain wall and started fizzing like a shaken carbonated drink, then started buzzing around my brain knocking into each other. Woof.

This brainbashing started today at noon. I went to a discussion about spirituality and religion in relation to gender and sexuality, hoping for some cool insights and stories from likeminded individuals. This conversation did indeed start that way, but then the bigger issue of inclusivity and diversity on Butler’s campus became the focus. I am aware that Butler is not the most diverse campus, and I do believe that for a liberal arts school, it is pretty conservative. A lot of the individuals at the discussion said that they feel that Butler is not a totally welcoming environment for diverse individuals and this campus does not embrace diversity as it should. Since I have never personally felt seriously excluded since I’ve been here, I had never seriously thought about the effect this might have on people who have experienced this exclusion. Hearing people speak of specific ways in which this university is exclusive made me very upset. It is so fundamentally wrong for students to be at a school they chose to attend and not feel totally welcome, embraced, accommodated, and free to be themselves. There is no reason this campus can’t be inclusive and welcoming to everyone. The fact people experienced something otherwise makes me want to cry and simultaneously punch someone in the mouth. After this discussion, I left feeling very unsettled and upset by how this exclusion is clearly a real problem students feel.

My life today. Courtesy of Google

My life today. Courtesy of Google

Right after that, I had to figure out my schedule for next semester and head off to my advising appointment to register for next year’s classes. I always get really overwhelmed with all of the possibilities of classes to take because I honestly never want to stop learning or being around intelligent people who love learning as much as I do. Since I was already flustered, I was even more flustered as I tried to sort out my schedule. Once I got to my appointment and started talking to my advisor, she told me I could easily graduate a semester early. She also asked if I had thought about going to grad school. Both of these things freaked me out since I never even considered graduating early since I want to take as many classes and learn as much as possible, and grad school is an overwhelming, intimidating thing in itself. That obviously rustled my feathers even more. She also told me I need to figure out internships and whatnot and basically start planning and thinking about being a real person because it’s coming sooner than I think. I really hate that. I don’t know what I want to do with my life, and once it’s time for me to do stuff with it, I don’t want to just do one thing forever. Like I said, I get overwhelmed with my desire to constantly learn new things and be around smart people, so naturally when it comes to thinking of a career, I am clueless. I know that I absolutely want to do something with art and writing, and I want to be able to create things that make people feel good and inspired, but beyond that I don’t know.

I feel like my brain is whirling with a miniature hurricane and my thoughts and ideas about my current life and future are spilling out of me and floating all over the room in front of my face. I just feel very overwhelmed and lost. I obviously know I will figure my shiz out, as I always do, but it’s okay that I’m freaking out about all this now. It means that I care about my happiness and future and those around me. It means that the things I’m involved in and the people I’m around matter and are important.

I didn’t write this as a means of complaining at all, although it was a good release to write out everything I’m feeling, but I wrote it to show that heck yeah I’m struggling and confused, but if you are too, that’s okay. We’re not supposed to know what we’re doing, and it’s okay if the situations we’re in aren’t perfect. If everything was perfect, there would be nothing to fight for, no progress or change, and no source of inspiration to keep doing stuff. Moral of the story: I’m obviously unsettled from the talk earlier, and I’m obviously flustered and lost in regards to my future, but I’m glad I’m feeling these things. It means I care about where I am, and I want to make the environment I’m in the best it can be.

That was pretty heavy, and maybe cheesy, but this is my blog and I can write about what I want. Xoxo, Gossip Bekah.

Have a great weekend and maybe take some time to meditate. Thanks for reading :)

Lollapalooza Lineup

Happy Wednesday friends! The Lollapalooza lineup was released today, and I am so excited I could kiss someone on the mouth!

As I mentioned in this post on my summer blog, I went to Lollapalooza for the first time last summer and absolutely loved it. Well, let us take a look at the day-by-day schedule and discuss the bands I’m excited to see, shall we? use

Friday August 1:

Arctic Monkeys, Lorde, Portugal. The Man, and The Kooks. I also kind of want to see Into it. Over it. I’ve never heard of them before and have no idea what kind of music they play, but I dig that band name so hard.

Saturday August 2:

Outkast would be fun, but not essential, Foster the People, The Head and the Heart, Fitz & the Tantrums, Kate Nash-holy cow yes!!!, and Vance Joy.

Sunday August 3:

Cage the Elephant, Young the Giant, who I just saw (check out this post), and The 1975 holy Mother of Pearl!!!!

Obviously there are bands sprinkled throughout all days that I do enjoy, but I will not be heartbroken if I don’t see them. My two essentials, as I am sure you can tell, are Kate Nash and The 1975. I am a bit disappointed, however, that Bastille isn’t playing. That would be prime.

The 3-day passes for Lollapalooza are all sold out, but you can still buy single day passes on their website. If you even have a slight inkling to go, I highly encourage it. It is so worth the price and you get to be surrounded by a vortex of music and happiness for three whole days. Wow, so great.

Have a great Wednesday and thanks for reading :)

Vlog Together Friends Forever

Happy Monday everyone! My friend and roommate Hanna and I made another video together!

As I mentioned in this post, Hanna and I have previously made videos together. Our most recent video was of us breaking up with strangers, which can be found here. Well, we made another video on Hanna’s Youtube channel in which we played a game inspired by the text of Fifty Shades of Grey. Enjoy.

P.S. All editing credit goes to Hanna because she’s a rockstar.

Have a great week and thanks for watching :)

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It’s Okay to Not Text Back Promptly

Recently I have noticed that I have been taking longer to respond to text messages than usual. Upon first thought, I feel anxious or bad for taking so long to respond, but after further contemplation, I think it’s better this way.

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I took this once when I wandered for a bit.

As I talked about in this post, our society functions based on the intense desire to be connected to one another. Social media and text messaging, as well as video calls, have allowed us to be connected to people at literally any moment of the day. While this does prove to be purposeful at times, it can also be problematic. If I am working on a paper, for example, and someone texts me and we begin a conversation, my focus shifts from my present task to this conversation. I become hyper-sensitive to hearing my phone vibrate, or noticing its screen light up. I become kind of anxious waiting for the next message so I can answer promptly. This desire to answer promptly probably stems from not wanting to be rude and leave them hanging, and also to keep the conversation flowing, but I wish I didn’t feel it.

Recently, I’ve had a few instances in which I am too consumed writing or staring at the sky or taking time in my own brain to notice when someone texts or calls. If that person has a direct question or is inviting me somewhere, my immediate reaction to missing their text is anxiety or sadness. “I wish I would have seen this before I decided to go for a walk so I could have gone to Target with Susie,” or something like that. But then I think, “Hey self, did you enjoy this walk? Did you enjoy wandering aimlessly by yourself, feeling disconnected from the world for a while?” And the answer is always yes. If I am engaging in any sort of activity by myself, and I am connected to what I’m doing, it really isn’t a shame I missed Susie’s invite. I can go to Target with Susie anytime, but I might not have the exact same thought I had half an hour ago that prompted the poem I just wrote. Or I wouldn’t have wandered past the same rotting tree that made for a really beautiful picture. If I would have seen her message, I would have abandoned these endeavors for something else.

This lack of interference is necessary. Taking time for yourself and becoming unaware of other people trying to contact you is quite nice sometimes. There is no reason to apologize for answering someone hours after they texted you. You were busy living in your real life, and wholeheartedly enjoying it; do that more often.

Stream of Consciousness Part 3

Happy Friday all. My brain feels like there’s air in it, and I am sitting in a public place where I can make weird observations, so it feels right to have another stream of consciousness post. (See my other two here and here). Let’s begin.

The people in front of me are platonically holding hands. Now they are clapping them together. Friendship really is the best ship. There’s a man with a nice beard sitting across the room. It’s just the right length; more than scruff, but not long enough that his food will get stuck in it. If I were a man I would definitely have a beard. And dreadlocks. In my GHS class, we watched a documentary on Bob Marley (way cool by the way), and there were a lot of dreadlocks in that film. I enjoyed it thoroughly. I spot one of my friends working. I see him through the cracks in the coffee machinery stuff. That didn’t make sense, but that’s okay. Does anything really make sense?

I feel like I have clouds in my head.

I feel like I have clouds in my head.

The other day my roommate Hanna and I were talking about how literally everything is made up. NOTHING IS REAL. Time is not real. All we know for certain is that the sun rises and sets every “day,” but how do we know that that is actually a day? And who said there are 24 hours in one day, and what is an hour even?! Everything is a lie. Also, how crazy is language? Who decided that a chair would be called a chair, rather than a lighthouse? I’m just so unsure, ya know?

I still need to write another blog post because I’m the worst and forgot to post throughout the week. My head feels a little loopy, but I think that’s because I forgot to eat breakfast. Always eat breakfast, kids. Break the fast. Okay, bye.

Matt Jordan and Tyler Filmore

Happy Friday everyone! There’s a free concert tonight in Starbucks at 7, and I want you to know about it.

As I’ve mentioned here and here, I’m a member of program board’s coffeehouse committee that brings bands to Butler every month for free concerts in Starbucks. Tonight at 7p.m., we will be having Matt Jordan and Tyler Filmore. Matt is a country artist, and a Butler graduate, so it’s pretty exciting that he is playing.

In addition to some free tunes, we will be having a giveaway for tickets to The Mowgli’s concert tomorrow night at The Egyptian Room. Also, The Mowgli’s will be performing during finals week for Exam Jam. Woo yeah music yeah!!!! Anyhow, check out Matt’s tunes below and I’ll see you at the show tonight at 7 in Starbucks.

Will It Beard

Happy Friday everyone. I follow an Instagram account called Will It Beard, it’s hilariously creative, and I want you to know about it.

Will It Beard is a Tumblr and Instagram account created by Pierce and Stacy Thiot, and it consists of the pair sticking things in Pierce’s beard and photographing it. Pierce’s journey of sticking things in his beard began during Christmas time when he stuck over 20 pencils in his beard for a family-type talent show. From there, he and his wife decided to explore the possibilities of stuff sticking in his beard, and they decided to document this exploration and put it on the Internet.

I’m not much of a Tumblr person, so I follow their Instagram account, and I thoroughly enjoy it. It’s incredibly strange and all of the images are very striking, so I can’t stop looking. It’s hilarious and clever and sometimes really beautiful, actually. I just really appreciate that there’s no real reason behind why the Thiots stick things in beards and take pictures of it. It just looks cool and is quirky and strange, and I dig it. I also have this weird thing about texture, so I always really want to touch the stuff sticking out of his beard, especially the toothpicks one. Below are a few of my faves.

Beard and Flowers

Beard and Flowers

Beard and Noodles

Beard and Noodles

Beard and Bows

Beard and Bows

Beard and Potato

Beard and Potato

Beard and Picks

Beard and Picks

Beard and Bubbles

Beard and Bubbles

Beard and Pipe Cleaners

Beard and Pipe Cleaners

Have a great rest of break and thanks for reading :)

First Kiss

Happy Thursday everyone! Since you’re reading this on the Internet, and this video has been all over the Internet the past few days, I’m assuming you’ve seen the video of strangers kissing. Let’s talk about it.

The short film titled “First Kiss” was posted to Youtube on March 10 and has already garnered over 40 million views. When I first saw the video, I thought it was a relational art piece done by an artist somewhere to show the extreme vulnerability a kiss requires, and to study how humans interact with one another. After further research, however, it turns out the video is an ad for a clothing company. Say whaaat?

The video was created by the Los Angeles based clothing company WREN and serves as their newest advertisement for their brand. Everyone in the video is incredibly attractive and well dressed, and that is because they are models, singers, and actors wearing clothing by WREN. Although this video is an advertisement, everyone in the video was indeed a stranger to his or her make out buddy, and no one is acting, so it is still very real.

I think the video is incredibly beautiful. The whole piece perfectly captures the vulnerability, tenderness, and awkwardness of a kiss. The film is shot in black and white, which calls attention to the participants without any other distractions; it’s about the interaction of the two kissers. Plus, I think black and white film seems more candid and intimate for some reason. In addition to the filming, the music is perfectly soft as well. It’s tender and passionate just like the actors and actresses in the video. My favorite aspect of the film is the extreme awkwardness and uncertainty you can sense from each and every person on screen. The nervous laughter and joking is such a natural reaction for humans to have in an uncomfortable situation. It is just so real! They fidget and shuffle around a bit and laugh and make jokes, just as any human in that situation would do in order to make an extremely uncomfortable situation seem more relaxed.

My favorite parts are when the kissers are still introducing themselves to one another. The first is around the 58 second mark, and one of the kissers says, “This is actually pretty scary.” I also love at the 1:28 mark when one of the kissers says, “Let’s look at each other for a second, okay?” Both of these are the most tender and human parts of the whole thing. They are so honest and just raw reactions to something so intimate. I just love it!

Melissa Coker, WREN’s founder and creative director commented on the video saying, “We make these fashion films every season. I strive to make them an interesting film that exists on its own rather than something that feels like a commercial.” That is a smart move if you ask me. I think the reason it is so incredibly popular is because it such an honest and candid portrayal of human interaction. I think everyone is seeing this as a work of art first, and a fashion ad second. Well played, WREN. Well played.

Have a great rest of the week, and thanks for reading :)

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Tuney Tuesday: Young the Giant in Concert

Happy Tuesday everyone. Since I didn’t post a Music Monday yesterday, let’s call today Tuney Tuesday. My friend Brandon and I went and saw Young the Giant in concert last night, and they were so fun.

Dat lighting doe.

Dat lighting doe.

I blogged about Young the Giant last year in this post, so obviously I am a fan. I have wanted to see them in concert for a while, so back in December when I heard they were coming to Indianapolis, I made my mind up to go. Coincidentally, a few weeks later, the band tweeted something saying they would give away free tickets to one random person who retweeted them. Since I love the Internet and was already planning on going, I retweeted them, and ended up winning. It was really random and unexpected since I don’t usually win things, but I was pumped that my tickets were free, plus they tweeted at me congratulating my win (I’m kind of a big deal).

The show was at the Egyptian Room, which has proven to be my go-to place for concerts in Indy. My friend Sam has seen Young the Giant before and told me that they were great live, and they were. They had really cool purple and yellow lights going the whole time, and the lead singer danced and grooved throughout the whole show. He danced a bit each time before he sang, so it kind of looked like he was working the notes through his whole body; it was cool. Also, one of the guitar players bopped around the stage the whole time, which was fun. They were all so into what they were playing and clearly enjoyed it. They also sounded fantastic! Probably even better than on their CDs. I would definitely see them again, and one hundred percent recommend their show to anyone who is a fan.

Have a great rest of the night, and thanks for reading :)