Art’s Greatest Controversy: Nothing is Truly Original

 

I was watching the news yesterday and saw that Bruno Mars was accused of stealing “Uptown Funk“. At first this sparked my interest. But the song that followed the accusation, sounded little like “Uptown Funk” at all. There was a somewhat similar beat, and it did have the words “funk you up”, but by no means was “Uptown Funk” an outright copy of this song. The news anchor followed up by saying that the group who wrote “Funk You Up” claims their song is where Bruno Mars got their inspiration for Uptown Funk. Okay stop there. Inspiration? There is a HUGE difference between stealing and inspiration.Read More »

Travel Theme: Abstract

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abstract (adj): existing in thought or as an idea but not having a physical or concrete existence.

My take on abstract is destination. Many of us feel like we don’t know where we’re going in life. Our destination is an inconstant glimmer in our minds; we never really know what obstacles we will meet along the way, ones that will change our path forever. It is good to have an idea of what we want in our futures, but it is also good to be open to change. Rarely does anything go exactly as planned, but when we meet these obstacles with an open heart we may find something we never would have discovered otherwise.

I see myself as the seed of a dandelion, landing here and there for moments, considering settling in, until a gust of wind picks me up and carries me away to somewhere new. I haven’t found the perfect place to grow yet.

Travel Theme: Abstract

What No One Tells You About Headlines

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Can I rant? Well I’m going to so buckle up. Attention grabbing headlines infuriate me. Why? You know that person at The Bay who sprays perfume on you and tells you “this scent was made for you“, or that person at the cash register who says, “you’re only getting one of these shirts? But it’s 2 for $25, you’d better get two.” Well basically a catchy headline is no different from these salespeople pushing their product on you. This irked me to begin with, but what makes me even more mad is that I feel like I’ve reached a point whereneed to become that pushy salesperson or else be lost in the realm of un-clicked articles sitting neglected in some dusty corner of the internet.

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Winter’s Facade

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It is amazing how much life can be found beneath winter’s barren front. As I walked through the forest today a chorus of songbirds and the gentle trickle of the melting river comforted me. Several woodpeckers knocked in the distance; I wish I had binoculars so I could have looked for them.

Winter has a solemn way of appearing still and silent when seen through a window, but doesn’t everything lose its vigour when viewed through glass? Once you finally venture outside, you discover how much life is bustling amidst the frozen world.

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January Goals Update

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Hey guys! I’ve been absent this week because I made a spontaneous trip home to Canada. My body clock is traumatized; my views of beaches and gum trees have been replaced by snow and sunsets. And the sunsets are beautiful. While this shift is sudden it is necessary. I needed to come home and get out of debt and go back to Australia with a working holiday visa. Even if I’d rather be down south right now, it feels good to do the right thing. I’ll be back there in no time.

So as January draws to a close I’d like to take a look at the progress I’ve made on the goals I set for myself at the beginning of the year.

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The Lies We Tell Ourselves

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It is too easy to focus on every bad choice, and ever mistake we’ve made in the past. In fact, I think that all too often I get so caught up focusing on one mistake after another. How did I let it all go so wrong? The thing is, while it is important to recognize where we went wrong and how we can learn from it, dwelling on our mistakes for too long is harmful. Especially when we dwell for so long that we forget to recognize all the times we did something right.

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