VIBES

VIBES is an organization that analyzes the musical genres of hip-hop, RnB, and rap, some of the original sounds of music, in an attempt to connect and understand the artists, as well as each other.

Despite being one of the most popular forms of music, some consider these genres to be braggadocios, misogynistic, and egotistical in nature. Yet rap is so much more than cars, women and money. It is an expression of the experienced oppression, initially faced by African Americans in this country Thanks to them, rap stretches to the furthest corners of the globe, being expressed by every race, ethnicity, and gender. VIBES will seek to understand the root of the music in this sense: the historical context to the beats, reasons behind a particular lyric, signs of particular emotions, wordplay, lyricism, flow, and many more elements. This form of coding allows many artists express to their emotions and insecurities through music, but not so blatantly. PSU VIBES will seek to decode music in an attempt to understand the artist’s’ true intended meaning. Club members will attempt to resonate with the artists as well as come to an understanding of each other via their own experiences as it relates to the expressions of the artist.

PSU VIBES is so much more than a music club; it serves as a safe space for any race, gender and ethnicity who feels a passion for music, oppression of any sort, or the need to express themselves. The recent events across the world have left many feeling distraught, unsafe, angry, confused, hopeless, lonely, or even bitter among one another. There are many things we as human beings will disagree upon – be it politics, religion, and society itself- but PSU VIBES will allow individuals to set aside their differences, and connect through the familiar sounds of music.

With only a week of advertising this club I have been able to draw in a crowd of 30 people and multiple organizations that would like to collaborate with VIBES.

As Author Neil Noddings wrote: “ The school, ideally, is a setting in which values, beliefs, and opinions can be examined both critically and appreciatively. It is absurd to suppose that we are educating when we ignore those matters that lie at the very heart of human existence.”

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