Video Montage – Never Forget You

I changed my montage project today and abandoned a project I had been working on earlier in the week. While I was pleased with the outcome, I was having trouble finding the right song to fit the story I was trying to tell. Late last night, I discovered a box filled with some recordings from my college days. Finding this box took me down a completely different path for my montage (although I didn’t necessarily know it at that time).

For my project, I was able to choose a song in which I didn’t have to worry about copyright issues. In college, I became friends with a talented musician who would play the piano after our meals during our freshman year. With a crowd of mostly friends, we amused ourselves with various songs, even creating parodies about the lunch ladies or whatever came to mind. While my music background included middle and high school choir, I never played an instrument (I am an accomplished kazoo player though). Toward the end of our freshman year, the two of us collaborated on some songs I had written. I knew what they sounded like in my head and he masterfully added additional elements (like an oboe). The song “Never Forget You” was the second song we recorded together and was inspired by my decision to leave all my high school friends behind, essentially starting over at college without knowing anyone else. It also foreshadowed losses in my life – the death of my grandfather just three years later and, most recently, the tragic passing of a friend in a motorcycle accident just two months before he was to be married (and the inspiration for this tribute montage). The loss of loved ones has impacted my life significantly and is reflected in this song.

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The Impact of Blogs & Social Networking

michaeljackson09People die. This isn’t any revelation, but the way we find out about someone’s death has certainly changed over the years. It used to be that we read Obituaries in our local papers about someone’s passing. If that someone was a celebrity, we would hear about it on the radio or even see it on television – sometimes breaking news would take us away from whatever program we were watching or song we were listening to on the radio. Those were the old ways. How different have things become in a seemingly always connected (Internet) society? We not only receive the news, but often we participate with it. Some of us even are responsible for the news or have the “power” to publish a response or our thoughts about those events.

Can you recall the first time you heard someone say, “I can remember where I was when ________ happened or _____________ was killed.”  The tragedies of 9/11 brought this to an all too realistic, real-time presence. And, arguably, so did the iconic death of Michael Jackson on 6/25.

How did you learn of Michael Jackson’s death? Did you hear about it? Read about it? Did you text about it? Did you have an online dialogue about it? Did you have a near real-time “experience” online with others through a blog or social networking site?

Dead or Alive?
Dead or Alive? (click on image to enlarge)

Michael Jackson Dies, Almost Takes Internet with Him

Michael Jackson’s Death was Texted, Twittered and Facebooked

Lisa Marie Presley’s MySpace Blog – “He Knew”

“The live web” or “we the media” – “a world in which ‘the former audience’ not a few people in a back room decides what’s important” (Lankshear & Knobel, 85).

Permalinks = the device that turned weblogs from an ease-of-publishing phenomenon into a conversational mess of overlapping communities (Lankshear & Knobel, 85). How have social networking sites fixed this problem? Solved others? Shaped the way we receive and/or participate with information?

Did You Know?
Mashable.com reported that tributes to, and remarks upon, Michael Jackson’s death were responsible for 30 percent of tweets.

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