Owner(s): Margaret Mulrooney
Description: JMU in the 1970s
Owner(s): Brian Cockburn
Description: The pedagogies of the three most important string pedagogues of the twentieth century
Recently downloaded onto my phone is an autobiographical book entitled Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis. Anthony Kiedis is the singer in the band The Red Hot Chili Peppers. He uses the name of one of their songs, a song he describes in his book called “scar tissue” as the title. I have listened to The Red Hot Chili Peppers for a long time but never thought much about the lives of the band members when one of my friends told me to read this book. I had no idea what to expect of this auto biography but if you know this bands music you get a sense that these are some eccentric humans so I knew one thing I wasn’t expecting was any sort of normalcy. The book starts out with Anthony and his mom and dad living in Michigan until his dad leaves his mom for a more adventurous life in Hollywood, California. His dad, in the seventies was a cocaine dealer amongst other drugs and would not do much to hide it from Anthony. His dad even taught him how to roll a joint when he was nine years old. What was interesting about reading this book was that Anthony seemed to tell these stories with no ill will, like he was thankful for the way he was raised because of where it brought him. A kind of understanding that I think his experiences gave him.
While reading I also learned so much about how the band was formed and how a lot of their songs became what they are today. Another thing listeners don’t realize is what bands or musicians go through to get recognized and what our favorite bands were before the riches. I learned that Anthony experienced more hardships than I could have guessed. For all the money he has now he spent years sleeping on friends couches and in cars.
Like the tile of the song and book implies, Anthony divulged a lot in this book about his battle with drugs. What started in his life as a recreational habit became a painful, all encompassing addiction preventing him from living the life he wanted to. On multiple occasions his drug use caused him to miss important shows, caused band members to quit and almost got him kicked out of this entity he helped create, The Red Hot Chili Peppers.
In the actual song scar tissue the lyrics say
“Scar tissue that I wish you saw
Sarcastic mister know it all
Close your eyes and I’ll kiss you ’cause
With the birds I’ll share
With the birds I’ll share
This lonely view
With the birds I’ll share
This lonely view”
I think that when he refers to himself flying with birds its partly to do with the fact that he’s high and that the lonely view just shows how much he tears himself from everyone when he gets high.
I really enjoyed this book because it gave me an insight into how so much great music was made and what it took. It also makes the songs by them mean so much more to listen to. It’s interesting that artists expose so much about themselves through their music, yet their listeners never really know their life’s story, and this book lets you learn about their life. If you are a fan of this band I highly recommend this book! Enjoy this clip from their song “Scar Tissue.”
Help is a song written and performed by the famous band called the Beatles. The Beatles was initially formed by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr during the 1960. Despite the fact that it has been fifty plus years since its band’s initial formation, these performer’s name are still much known to the young generation. Partly, it has to do with how remarkable, great and loved the band was. The band received seven Grammy awards, 15 Ivor Novello awards, 45 Gold Albums, 39 Platinum Albums and much more. Needless to say, this was probably one of the best bands of all time, and Help was one of their earlier songs created in 1965 only 5 years after the band’s initial formation.
“Help, I need somebody. Help, not just anybody. Help, you know I need someone, help!” That was first the first few lyrics of the song, and it is already insanely catchy and addicting to be listening to. If you don’t believe me, then listen to the music video linked below, and you agree how insanely catchy the song is. Another thing you might notice is how energetic the song is, you may or may not find yourself tapping your feet or nodding your dead along with the beat. I personally irresistibly do both at the same time, and sometimes I don’t even realize that I am doing it. It is almost like the music blends into you as one as music is a type of food to the soul. If you are ever feeling down and simply unmotivated to do anything, perhaps listening to this track will reenergize you. Personally for me whenever I am having a bad day or just feeling a bit stressed out, I would open this bad boy track up and listen to it on repeat for a few times and just simply let the energy recharge me. This neat trick works like recharging a battery as it always makes me feel rejuvenated every time after being charged.
However some people disagree with how outstanding the song actually is. People compare this song to their other selections such as Let It Be, Yesterday and or A Hard Day’s Night. My response to them is that Help is not like the traditional songs that the Beatles would normally write and perform. Instead, Help is special in that the style of its percussion was the beginning of what to me is the modern day pop. With that emplaced, the old fashion of the Beatles’ moody feeling has changed to this energetic and exciting song. We can see this transition happening with its previous album A Hard Day’s Night beginning to pick up these traits. The disagreement would simply because of the change in taste of the music. But nonetheless, the Beatles doesn’t create bad music and this is a wonderful song that may have you find yourself in a delighted mood for the rest of the day.
Music Video Clip of: Help!
After reading about career development take some time and think about your future…
I always think about the future, it’s a constant thought that leaves me worried. No one knows what the future holds, but yet everyone makes plans around the future. When people ask me where do I want to be in five years, my response is always the same; happy. I want to be happy. Being undeniably happy will always bring a bright future in tow. As for in my professional field, I juggle with whether or not I really want to be a speech pathologist or just travel the world for a few months to possibly find my calling. I want to pursue my passion, craft it, and perfect it. Sure, it doesn’t seem really logical, but life isn’t logical. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to find out my calling as I take on different opportunities in life that are presented to me.
Right now, I’m a junior at James Madison University. I have a major in Communication Sciences and Disorders with two minors in Exceptional Education and Human Resource Development. I’m the Treasurer for the Black Student Alliance and a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. I work as a Multicultural Attaché in The Center for Multicultural Student Services. I throughly enjoy my job and extracurriculars because it gives me an opportunity to search for avenues that may provoke interests. I have a strong interest in giving back to my community, teaching, traveling, writing, and diversity training. If I could mash all of that up into a job, I would!
I have to remain head strong and open to opportunities that may come my way. I have to postion myself to be open and available to new experiences that could possibly benefit my future. I’m going to finish school, maybe take a few years off to gain experience/travel, and then come back for grad school. I don’t know what the future entails but I’m definitely excited to see where I’m headed!
With the wind howling into the tunnel, I cross under Interstate 81 from the West Side of campus to the East Side. Walking through you notice all of the organizations that represent James Madison University (JMU) on the walls from start to finish. All of a sudden I realize that I am a part of something bigger than just me. I am proud to be here in the mountains of Harrisonburg, known as the Windy City of Virginia. I myself am a part of three different organizations; Office of Resident Life, being the President of Gifford Hall, The Rotaract Club and the JMU Ski and Snowboard Racing Team. The opportunities at JMU are ultimately endless.
I make it out of the tunnel and stand atop the front entrance of the University’s Recreation Center (UREC) free for faculty, employees and students. Soaking in the ice cold wind and the vibrations of the trucks barreling North and South on 81, I gaze into the darkness. The doors to UREC sound like a musical from beginning opened and closed constantly by a diverse amount of members of JMU taking advantage of the massive wonderland full of vast activities that UREC has to offer.
Checking into UREC an enormous 70 foot rock wall is in plain sight. The motion of people passing to each side of the building and the multiple conversations going on flooded the entrance and energized me for my adventure and later workout. Not only does JMU have opportunities outside of UREC, inside the ability to do any sort of physical activity is at your venue. Walking up the steps to the second floor your paths are boundless, you can take a left towards the gymnasium, right into the weight room or continue up the steps to the third floor.
I choose to enter the gymnasium, which has four courts that are at full capacity. As I entered, chants were echoing from the courts to the right from two co-ed intramural games in progress. On Court One the smack of the spikes were ear popping by the Men’s Club Volley ball team. They all are walking skyscrapers towering over me. It seems as if they are hopping on pogo sticks from the height they are able to generate jumping. As they began to scrimmage the force behind each shot had no mercy as the ball were pelted towards their teammates bodies. After each point the teams cheered as if they were playing a game and the atmosphere was energetic.
Carrying on to Court Two, I feel the intensity instantly as the scoreboard reads 50 to 52 with seven second left and the team that is down has an inbound pass from under their own hoop. Each team is calling out plays preparing for the pass in. The play calls were so sophisticated it made me eager to see what about to happen. Quickly I realized it is the Men’s Club Basketball team preparing for an upcoming tournament. I talked with one of the players afterwards who looked like a captain, he explained the urgency, “You have to practice like you play too imitate the actually game speed of the tournament.” Before leaving they all huddled up and cheered “Team!” Showing the special team bond and the passion each player has for the sport and each other. From a distance you can see the parade of members repeatedly circling the track on the third floor.
I enter the gym, which is two stories and has multitudes of the same exercise in so many different ways it would take anyone an entire week to fully use each machine or free weights. I find it comical that the bottom floor is filled with males and the top floor is mostly females. If you think about it, it makes sense since the cardio machines flood the upper floor and the free weights are all downstairs. Only the tough girls have the courage to show their body and work out on the bottom floor in front of all the guys. Also it is odd that there is so many people in this confined space and only a select few communicate and if so it’s a short conversation. You can feel the desire of each person to spend their time wisely by the focused look on their faces as they pass by.
I make my way up to the second floor, adjacent to the Gymnasium I sit by the ping pong tables and racquet ball courts. To the right you hear the dance music of the Zumba class going on. The room is full of only females all focused on one instructor. The rhythm of which the ladies are performing is entertaining by the motions they make and the fun it looks like they are having just exercising. To the left the sound of the ball bouncing back and forth on the ping pong table replicates the sound of a metronome. The noticeable fist pump after one opponent receives a winning a point is quick but deliberate. It is bizarre to watch the racquet ball players and see them shout and not here anything because of the sound proof room. Watching the ball spring off the walls and around the room like a bouncy ball becomes dizzying. The room beside the court has a Training Resistance Exercise suspension training system that only the daring members try the intense full body workout. With all of these activities you could waste your day away easily enjoying fun exercises. Whether you are in shape, out of shape or just looking to have some fun with your free time UREC is the place to do it. It is your opportunity, the activities are waiting for you, take advantage of this privilege!
Keirsey Temperament Sorter Results
Extravert(78%) Sensing(1%) Feeling(62%) Judging(11%)
- You have strong preference of Extraversion over Introversion (78%)
- You have marginal or no preference of Sensing over Intuition (1%)
- You have distinctive preference of Feeling over Thinking (62%)
- You have slight preference of Judging over Perceiving (11%)
Multiple Intelligences Results
NCSU Learning Styles Results
Results for: Patricia Barry
ACT X REF
11 9 7 5 3 1 1 3 5 7 9 11
SEN X INT
11 9 7 5 3 1 1 3 5 7 9 11
VIS X VRB
11 9 7 5 3 1 1 3 5 7 9 11
SEQ X GLO
11 9 7 5 3 1 1 3 5 7 9 11
Personal Learning from Assessments:
I found the 3 assessments to be an interesting exercise and a helpful tool in acknowledging the different aspects of my personality. While many of my results were in accordance with my preset assumptions, some did surprise me and seemed somewhat inaccurate. According to the temperament assessment, I am highly extroverted and feeling based which is very true of my own perceptions. However, I do not see myself as “hyper-vigilant” as I was categorized. In terms of the career options, the assessment was in line with the type of work I am trying to pursue, placing me in a job that involves high interaction as well as community care. I am a Communications Major with a minor in HRD which involves both of these things. In a similar way, the multiple intelligences test highlighted my interpersonal and intrapersonal strengths as well as my body and naturalistic intelligence. I am very social and very nature oriented with interests in group settings and outdoor activities and exercise. Finally, I was somewhat confused about the results of my learning styles but on each scale I was balanced between 1 and 1 which I am assuming shows that I am consistent in my approaches to learning. I genuinely enjoyed this assignment because it made me analyze myself in ways that I had not before. I think that it is important to be aware of your sense of self and the way that you are inclined to act with others.