my name is magnolia.
this is an american study tour blog.
if you are not Adrian, Deb, James or any of the other study tour students, i'm pretty sure you're lost.
this blog won't make a lot of sense to you.
It is only now that I’m celebrating my last day in the United States
(With Disney theme parks of course)
I’ll be in the air while all the study tour stuff is due haha
As you can see, I post a lot of music on this blog. They’re all from bands that are from the city that I’m currently in. I like to think these songs compose the soundtrack that plays in the back of everything I do in these places I venture to.
I started reading a bit of Shuhei Hosokawa’s article in Popular Music. He describes the Walkman Effect as the way someone interacts with their environment while listening to music through headphones.
These music devices can make a person seem isolated from their surroundings. When the Sony Walkman first came into popularity, they also featured a “talk” button that allowed for the volume to be lowered while you’re engaged in a conversation. It seems a little rude to us now, but portable music device etiquette hadn’t quite been established yet.
Hosokawa describes walkmans as a symbol of an autonomous and mobile self.
It’s true that I can get absorbed into what’s being blasted on my iPod, but a lot of the time I think it enhances my experience. I walk in time to the beat and upbeat songs make me feel so much better about my day.
Hosokawa, S 1984, The Walkman Effect in The Sound Studies Reader by Sterne, J (ed.), Routledge, New York, pp. 104-116
Date With The Night-Yeah Yeah Yeahs
I went to the Black Friday sale at Macy’s on Thursday night. It was crazy in there!
I’ve been to the Boxing Day sale at Myer and it wasn’t as packed as this. Macy’s also has 9 stories. It has anything you could ever need for anyone.
Myer in Melbourne is only a few stories high, but even then, it seems excessive.
The odd thing was that I’ve heard of how much people rush into department stores to get the best sales, but I didn’t experience any big sales on that night. I bought a couple of products and they weren’t even discounted. To be honest, I don’t get the hype.
It’s been a full two weeks here in the States and it feels like it’s gone so quickly. At the same time, it feels like I’ve been with these people for sooo long.
It’s odd how it can feel like both.
It’s something that I’ve always experienced while travelling. The conflict of emotions is difficult to handle sometimes. I don’t want to ever leave New York, but I can’t wait to venture onto San Francisco. And even then, I miss home. (I actually miss real showers. And my wardrobe.) There’s already a longing to come back to this city…and I haven’t even left.
I’m pulled between cities.
Not only that, I’m pulled between individual and opposite thoughts in my own mind.
I want to go. But I want to stay.
I want to spend more time with these guys. But I need to just be by myself. Or with my boyfriend.
I want to buy all the things! But shopping doesn’t seem to be worth it.
I want so much.
But with so many options, I feel a little…
I don’t know, stuck?