What song will you sing on your way to VOTE today? The Tune of the 2016 Presidential Election

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Let’s talk about everyone’s favorite topic: politics. With the presidential election coming to a close, I thought I’d look at the influence our culture has on politics. Musicians and other celebrities have become increasingly more involved in Presidential elections, often creating music for and supporting candidates. This interesting and controversial election season has provided some great fodder for musicians looking for inspiration. Rapper Eminem has recently released a track called “Campaign Speech.” In the 8-minute…

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“Stel-lahhhhh!”: Reading A Streetcar Named Desire Today

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My American Literature class just finished our reading of A Streetcar Named Desire. This play was first performed in 1947, and it was produced as a movie in 1951. Whether or not people have read the play or seen a production of it, most will still recognize the famous cry of “Stel-lahhhhh!” that echoes in pop-culture references (Williams 41). Even if Stanley’s plea doesn’t ring any bells, most individuals will recognize the renowned play solely…

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Hamilton and History

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So much has been written about the Broadway megahit Hamilton: An American Musical that it seems almost impossible to break new ground on the subject. Nevertheless, I am going to contribute to the growing number of articles and posts devoted to the groundbreaking musical. Hamilton certainly deserves its hype: the musical is revolutionary (pun intended) for its complex lyrics, assimilation of contemporary music into theater, diverse cast, and relation to current issues. My interest in…

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