Mike Shinoda’s Upcoming “Post Traumatic” Album: The Reasons I Relate to His New Music

On January 26th, Mike Shinoda released his Post Traumatic EP, a collection of three songs which illustrate his grief after the loss of his bandmate, Chester Bennington. I wrote a review shortly after I heard these songs, which I've linked here: Review: Mike Shinoda’s EP, “Post Traumatic” is a Game Changer More recently, on March 29th, … Continue reading Mike Shinoda’s Upcoming “Post Traumatic” Album: The Reasons I Relate to His New Music

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Take It Back Contest – WIN a piece of ART made by me!

First go to my Soundcloud page to listen to the instrumental version of Take It Back: https://soundcloud.com/ay_en/take-it-back-instrumental From April 1st, until May 15th 2018, you're invited to participate in the Take It Back Lyrics Contest. Between May 15th and August 14th, I will be judging every single submission, then I will announce the winner on Soundcloud, … Continue reading Take It Back Contest – WIN a piece of ART made by me!

Don’t Call Geisha Prostitutes

I won't sit here and say that geisha were not, at times, exploited, because women have been exploited in every corner of the globe. But I won't sit here and act like geisha are somehow worse-off than American women, or any other woman in any other part of the world. It's been my experience that if a cultural behavior is different than what we've grown up with, we label it as wrong. Well it's not wrong for a woman to be a geisha, who lives, eats, breathes and performs art. By your logic, the starving artist down the street would also be a prostitute because he sells his paintings. If you think selling your body and selling your paintings are not the same thing, there are thousands of artists lines up around the block to tell you otherwise. Art is, and always will be, an extension of the human form.