Category Archives: Musicology

Bad Things: (Very) Public Grammatical Errors

My number one pet peeve. Today I signed up for an account with a website that shall remain nameless, and after I logged in I was taken to my new homepage. On the top, in big bold letters, it said:

“Welcome! Because this is you’re first time here, take a look around and get familiar with the awesome stuff you can do with you’re homepage.” 

Yikes. Clearly, the content editor of this website wasn’t into “Schoolhouse Rock” as a youth. “You’re” is a contraction. A contraction is when you squoosh two words together. Contractions are easy to spot, because they have an apostrophe in them that takes the place of a letter. You are = youare = you’re. See? “Your” is the possessive form of “you.” Unless you are from New Jersey, in that case, I believe the correct possessive form of you is “yous.” So: YOUR education, YOUR reading level, YOUR intelligence.

“Another,” however, is not a contraction. Wanna know how I know? It doesn’t have an apostrophe in it. So you can’t just split up “another” and make it into two words, like people frequently do with “a whole nother.” I get it – it rolls right off your tongue. But it is so far from correct it’s unbelievable. And when you write it out, it just doesn’t look right, Amiright? And when you type it out, take note of the red squiggly line that appears under “nother,” and remember that it is not a word. And when you sing it in world-wide hit song? That’s just crossing the line. When I first heard Katy Perry’s “E.T.” I loved it, despite the strong pro-sexual assault undertones. I also noticed that in the hook of the song, it REALLY sounded like she was saying “you’re from a whole nother world, a different dimension.” But I was like, no way could that have been allowed. No way! She’s definitely saying “a whole other.” It certainly would have gone unnoticed to Kanye West, but there’s no way this blatant grammatical error would have been passed over by the writers, producers, record executives, etc. WRONG. When she performed on American Idol a few weeks ago, I watched closely as she was singing/pretending to sing, and there was no mistaking the fact that she was actually saying “nother.” Then, I saw the music video, and she does it there, too, ever so subtly, around the 2:20 mark. Before you watch – let me just tell you that this was one of the weirdest music videos I’ve ever seen. And I’ve seen every single Lady Gaga music video. Honestly, it just keeps getting weirder and weirder until the very end and then you’re like…oh, this must be a joke. They’re trying to be funny.

It’s hard for me to listen to this song now, as catchy as it is. Especially with Tom around, who often sings “YOU’RE FROM A WHOOOOLE NOTHER NOTHER, A WHOOOOLE NOTHER NOTHER,” loudly over Mrs. Perry. Mrs. Brand? Who cares.

Some Life Lessons, Courtesy of Kanye West – Part Two

Note: In case you can’t read, this is Part Two. Click here for Part One. Although if you can’t read, you won’t know to click that link. So I guess…best of luck to you.

Life Lesson #4: Stand up for what you believe in.

Right before the release of his second album “Late Registration,” “All Eyes on Kanye West” aired on MTV. Kanye said he had a “turning point” when his cousin came out to him.

This is my cousin. I love him and I’ve been discriminating against gays. Hip-hop has always been about speaking your mind and about breaking down barriers, but everyone in hip-hop discriminates against gay people.

He urged fellow rappers (and his fans) to stop using gay slurs.

If your friends jumped off of a bridge, would you jump too? I’m not saying every hip-hop star is homophobic, but homophobic lyrics run rampant in a lot of rap songs. Kanye West stood up for what he believed in, even though it went against the grain of the stereotypical hip-hop image. All sorts of questions started coming out about Kanye’s sexuality after that and he stayed cool as a cucumber. No ranting blog posts, no long rambling speech.

You’re going to experience things in your life that change your perspective, and that’s good – that means you’re growing and maturing as a person. That should never stop. Always go with what you feel is right. Stand up for what you believe in. Don’t ever be intimidated by what other people may think of you. Continue reading Some Life Lessons, Courtesy of Kanye West – Part Two

Some Life Lessons, Courtesy of Kanye West – Part One

I feel about Kanye the way I feel about that super drunk girl who is always at every obnoxious bar you go to. It’s fun to watch for a little while, but then it gets awkward and uncomfortable and it’s like…someone get her out of here.

In the beginning of Kanye’s career, I liked his style. Didn’t everyone kind of go through an aquamarine-and-salmon-polo-shirt-accented-with-a-popped-collar phase? And I’ve always had great admiration for his ability to make good music. And sometimes he pleasantly surprises me. After the whole Taylor Swift thing though…I lost most of what respect I had for Kanye. It wasn’t just because it was Taylor Swift and I’m obsessed with her. It would have pissed me off if he had done it to anyone else, too. He has pulled some CRAZY stunts throughout the years, and it’s kind of like for every good thing he does…he also does three horrendously awful things.

I was thinking the other day of lessons I wanted to teach my future children: how they should act in certain situations, how to treat people, the way you should portray yourself, and I realized that I can teach them everything they need to know just by teaching them about Kanye West. So here goes. Continue reading Some Life Lessons, Courtesy of Kanye West – Part One

Good Things: Grass, Jessie J, Chobani, and Living Social

So. I almost cried tears of joy this morning. Not only was I able to walk outside without a jacket and not immediately start shivering so painfully that I start to twitch, but I could see GRASS. I could see it everywhere. All over the place! It’s beautiful. I’m not even mad about the overabundance of mud. Also, I think daylight savings got rid of my seasonal depression. It’s still light outside when I leave work, and I don’t get the urge anymore to immediately go to bed when I get home. I love it. I’m like a real, live human again.


Continue reading Good Things: Grass, Jessie J, Chobani, and Living Social