jill malinowski

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The Smashing Pumpkins - 1979

The Smashing Pumpkins??

The Smashing Pumpkins is an Alternative Rock band originating from Chicago Illinois. The band was formed by Billy Corgan and James Iha in 1988, and also included Jimmy Chamberlin and D’arcy Wretzky (the original Smashing Pumpkins of course). The song “1979” appears on the album Melancholy and the Infinite Sadness (my favorite).


Corgan chose the year of 1979 because it rhymed with a lot of the lyrics, and because 1979 was just in general a good year. In 1995 (when the song was released), people who were born in or around 1979 were teenagers at that time. This song focuses on what teenagers/the youth DO. The idea put into my head whenever I hear this song is that teenager years don’t last long, so it’s important to make memories and sometimes mistakes. The video shows clips of teens driving around in cars at night, going to house parties, and causing trouble in public (typical teenagers, you know). In this part of the chorus, “And we don’t know Just where our bones will rest” Billy focuses on the idea that as you get older you think about the future, and what you will become. Billy references the idea of growing up, and that its bound to happen, so you should accept it. A lot of the clips in the video looks shaky, and almost like the teenagers were recording it. This makes sense because the band wants the viewer to see what teenagers do, and for you to feel youthful while watching, or even be reminded of your own teenagers years.


I think the band is successful towards getting their message out. They include clips of events that your typical teenager would be doing. I think the goal for this video was to express the idea that youth is not forever. The lyrics in the song are easy to understand, and they’re pretty straightforward. Constantly repeating that they don’t care, mentioning what will become of the future, and the “Zipper Blues” (the feeling one gets when they’re constantly moving around, and cannot settle in place). The overall theme in this song is relatable to anyone over 16 because they know what it feels or felt to be a teenager. "1979" is a good tune to play on a nighttime drive home.

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Genius Hour Proposal for 2014-15 (A very rough draft)

Title: A Different Perspective

Think up a descriptive title. Try to be creative if it fits.

Member(s): jocelyn

Challenge: Get to know the residents, record the information through writing/videos. 

Learning: Learn about how much time has changed, how it feels to have lived through important decades. That you can learn a lot from people who are older than you. 

Materials: Computer, Camera, Party Supplies (possibly) 

Main Steps: 1.) Go to nursing home, give our information, tell them what days we will be coming in. 2.) Try and go every week get to know residents, build friendships with them. 3.) write about residents, ask them about when they were teenagers. Roles: Jocelyn and I will both be doing and even amount of writing, plan an event together at the nursing home. We will be posting to our blogs (stories they share). 

Time: 3 months

Resources: Timbers? Villa Fran? Jocelyns mom

Difficulties: What parts of this project might be difficult? How do you expect to handle them?

Sharing/Audience: Powerpoint, speech, video(maybe) using iMovie. Targeted towards teens 

Evaluation: We will define success based off of what we gained from the project. What values we learned, or the friendships that were built. We will share our experience through stories about the people we met. 

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Is Money Ruining Music Festivals?

What is a music festival? Music festivals started out as small artistic events, to sample different genres and up-coming artists. In this case, the smaller the better; the irony for small artists is getting their foot in the door. Most people immediately think of the three big festivals of North America; Coachella, Bonnaroo, and Lollapalooza. In recent discussion of music festivals many argue that every year festivals are spending too much money. They are focusing on “wowing” the crowds, but at the same time they are focusing too much on one genre. When in reality the audience is only capable to see about 20 bands out of 100.

I do agree with the statement that vendors are spending too much money on festivals, in the case of music festivals; less IS more. Being an experienced festivalgoer I know that it is stressful choosing between your favorite artists, because it’s physically impossible to see every artist at a festival. This year, Lollapalooza 2014 had whopping 139 artists, which seems Ludacris when compared to the first Lollapalooza in 1991, having 7 artists.