I’m glad to be back at school again. Unlike most high school students (the immature type) I actually love school and look forward to it every day. There’s just something so pleasant about seeing your friends while gaining knowledge, knowing that you’re working harder and harder to getting to a goal that is a dream come true (that being going to a good college and getting a good job. For me, that means being a world-renown author/writer/poet.) Nothing else can bring that kind of joy.
I’m glad I got put into the classes I wanted. I’m in lots of honors courses and so far every grade has been an A+. Not to mention the irreplaceable group of friends that I have. We love to laugh, chat, hang out, collaborate, help, and have fun with each other every day, and we’re always there for each other. (Did I mention that every friend I have is also a high honor roll student like me?)
My friends are very multicultural. I have friends who have heritages from all over the world, including Europe, India, Western Asia, Japan, Korea, and China (like me).
Anyway, that concert two days ago was really good. As I mentioned before, I truly feel that Rush is the best band in the universe, and Lotus Land put on a really good show. They played a ton of obscure songs that I love, including “Red Tide”, one that Rush themselves have never played live. When I heard that they were going to be playing a song never played live before from “Presto” (that was right after they played “Subdivisions”) I remember saying “It’d better be Red Tide.” Then all the lights turned red and after I heard the very first piano note I went absolutely berserk.
I truly feel that Rush has the best lyrics of any progressive rock band. Their lyrics are just like admirable poetry, which I love as opposed to rap or hip-hop.
Thinking about it more, I would definitely say that rap and hip-hop lyrics are a form of poetry. After all, they’re against the run of the mill when it comes to vernacular language. (But even vernacular language can be considered poetry if you think about it, as long as it’s written in an artistic way). There’s no getting around the fact that pretty much any kind of communication involving words and a language is considered “language arts” and “writing”. Rap is definitely poetry.
Just not a very good form of poetry.
Generally, I appreciate various styles of writing and poetry, but rap is probably the only exception. Other people can certainly like it, and I hold nothing against them for that, but I don’t like it. There’s just too much profane language and forced rhymes (and some of them don’t technically rhyme, like “time” and “mind”). And the figurative language is…well…”like a light”.
Anyway, I’m pretty busy today. I have a bunch of other things I want to work on today, like my “Spark”, “Conqueror’s Crusade” and “Calculation Hallucination” novels. See you in the next chapter.
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