My son is into rap music, but I just don’t get it. Is it like spoken word poetry with swears? Could you please explain the appeal of rap music to me?
Dear Rappin' Roger,
Yes. Rap is spoken word poetry with swears - BUT ONLY IF THE SWEARS ADD SOMETHING TO THE LYRICS. Rap music is about passion and expressing that which cannot be expressed in any other way (things like wealth, fortune, power, money, butts, etc.). Instead of booing your son's choice of music, try listening to even one rap song without breaking down and crying for the beauty of it. I literally dare you not to move your hips or grab your crotch as the music flows through you. Rap is definitely spoken word poetry with swears - to a beat. Right. Right. I forgot about the beat part. There's a beat to it.
IT'S ABOUT WORD PLAY AND HONESTY. Rap is beautiful because you can say "She can f*** all night" and it's talking about love. In a new way. A beautiful way.
RAP IS OUR ANCESTORS TURNING THEIR TURMOIL INTO MUSIC! Well, not MY ancestors. My ancestors were German and English and actually were probably pretty mean to the poor folks in Germany and England back in the day. They probably caused more turmoil than turned it.... but a lot of enslaved people sang the blues and told rhythmic tales over drum beats to keep the mood light when things were rough. That turned into rap. And my ancestors turned into bird food when they were executed for trying to assassinate other members of the royal family.
Try listening to 2Pac or Sisqo. You'll soon understand why RAP is such an amazing art form.
BEAT BEAT BEAT BEAT,
Kevin Sorbo here. You might remember me in the title roll in Hercules: The Legendary Journey and Kull the Conquerer. I recently read an article on One Year in Texas (great site BTW) that mentioned me several times, which was very flattering. I was wondering why your article hasn’t mentioned me yet. I skimmed your posts to see if my name was mentioned and it wasn’t. Do you dislike me? Your friends seem to enjoy my body of work, why don’t you?
Dear Kevin Sorbo,
I had to Google you. My impressions of your "official" "website" were (in order):
Cool movie reel graphic up top! He's obviously been in the pictures.
He's an actor.
He wrote a book called True Strength. On the cover his hair and shirt are quite youthful.
The 'What's New' and 'Latest News' links on the side bar are redundant.
Where are the photos? I keep clicking 'Photos' and it takes me to more links to click for photos.
Personal photos of your Hawaii vacation? Now I feel creepy.
'Andromeda'? Oh, cool. An entire page devoted to a character you played. What a nice 6-line poem you wrote about that character. I like that you rhymed 'eyes' with 'goodbyes'.
Click 'Hercules'... Whoa. Was he actually Hercules or did he just play him on TV? (Does he actually know the answer to this??)
Acting must be hard. I bet people really lose themselves in their characters a lot.
Click 'TV/Film' credits. Question marks make you look dumb, dude.
Click 'Fan Clubs' and... it says you don't have any fan clubs. Just delete that page, dude. You don't need to advertise that.
How often do you send emails out to your mailing list?
I'm glad you like One Year In Texas. I'm really sorry I'm just getting to know you. Maybe it's because I'm so much younger than my friends. Who knows? Hercules might.
Sarah, my wizardress,
I am a wizard. I can cast spells on anyone. Is it wrong to cast sleep spells on my child when she doesn’t want to go to sleep? Is it okay to cast a charm spell on a new client at work or should I try to win her over using my own skills? The ethics of wizardry is very undeveloped so I have come to you.
Also, how can I log into my yahoo email? Thanks,
- Wizard Wes
Dear Wizard Wes,
It's cool that your profession and your name allow you alliteration - you will have great success in life because people find those names catchy (Marilyn Monroe, Ronald Reagan, Bob Barker). Congrats with some jealousy.
As far as the wizard ethics go, it's hard for me to say since I only recently read Harry Potter and am still letting the seventh book sink in. It was very troubling and a lot happened in that last chapter that I skimmed because I just really wanted to find out if Voldemort killed Harry. My instincts say don't use your skills for anything bad, but my other self says, What is bad? What is good? We can never know. All I know is that a screaming child is the worst thing in the world and if a sleep spell is what it takes to not miss Conan's opening monologue, then a sleep spell it is.
You mention charm spells. I will assume these are different than sleep spells. With a name like Wizard Wes and your knack for alliteration, I would say try to charm the client at work on your own. Be charming instead of charm spelling. Just, don't mention you don't know how to work your Yahoo mail. Just put your phone number on your business card and write, "Texts ONLY Please". They'll get it.
PS- Did you see I wrote METHics??