The Power of Music

LYNIQUElynique2

Age: 20

Occupation: Student- Junior

Hometown: Gaithersburg, MD

 

What is your favorite form of artistic expression?

My favorite form of artistic expression is music. I am a singer!!!! I sing just about every genre except for country and electronic. Music education is my major here at University of Maryland. My mother says I have been singing since before I could talk. There are many picture of me as a baby holding a mic and singing in my diapers. I loved everything about singing, just because it is an art form that involves the whole body. Although music is something we listen to, it is also something we watch and feel. Going to a concert we don’t want to just hear great music we want to see the artist having fun expressing every word of every song. So I guess I am in love with performing as well as music.

lynique1What are the hardest and best parts of how you express your art?

One of the best things about singing is that I can do it wherever I am because I carry my instrument with me. I am my instrument. The frustrating thing about that is if I am sick I cannot actually sing because my body is too weak to even begin to think about singing. Also, when I am learning a classical piece sometimes it is frustrating because I have to actually spend time learning the notes and rhythms to even begin making music. On the other hand it is a way to perfect the craft of music reading. A way for me to work on perfecting my ear is to listen to music of the Gospel or R&B genre and break apart harmonies. I love breaking harmonies and hearing them together it is one of the most satisfying feelings ever.

What inspires you when it comes to your art?

I feel inspired knowing that someone can be feeling down and they can listen to me sing and that immediately turns their mood around. The power of music is often overlooked. Music is a powerful experience for the performer and the audience. The thoughts that race through the mind during a performance cannot be explained. The emotion that the audience and performer feel cannot be explained. It is an extremely intimate experience but one that can impact life forever. It sounds cheesy I know but there is no other way to describe it.

What do you hope to do with your art in the future?

My plan is to become a music educator. I want to have some sort of impact on students lives. People say it all the time, “Children are the future!” It is a true statement and it actually inspires me. I believe that if the next generations could be inspired the way I was in elementary school then they have a chance to do something greater than the generation before.

Want to hear Lynique sing? Check out her youtube page!

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“An Expression of Life…”

TAYLORTaylor2

Age: 21

Occupation/Placement in School: Dance Major at Alonzo King LINES Ballet B.F.A Program-Senior

Hometown: Washington, D.C.

What is your favorite form of artistic expression?  

I started dancing when I was eight years old and it has been a passion of mine ever since. I have trained in ballet, tap, hip-hop, jazz, and modern and now I have a love for contemporary ballet. I love the way I feel when I dance and I love to share my joy for this art form with all audiences. Additionally, I think it is the most beautiful art form because it is an expression of life itself.

 Taylor 1What are the hardest and best parts of how you express your art?

Honestly, training to be a dancer is very challenging. It is demanding not only physically, but also emotionally and mentally. Also, it requires an enormous amount of discipline and sacrifice. And through all of the hardships, it is incredibly rewarding. I love being able to connect with people and to inspire others with my art. Dance is universal and I have experienced how it can heal a community and bring happiness to many peoples lives.

What inspires you when it comes to your art?

I feel that I draw inspiration from everything like music, art, literature, nature, people, or experiences in life. Through dance, you are able to communicate ideas or concepts that words may not be Taylor3able to express. Additionally, other dancers and choreographers of the past and the present are a huge inspiration to me. For example, Misty Copeland, Alonzo King, and Aesha Ash, just to name a few.

 What do you hope to do with your art in the future?

In the future, I hope to become a professional dancer and inspire other young black girls to dance. I would also enjoy traveling and sharing my love for dance with the world. In addition, I would like to become a physical therapist for athletes and dancers to help people recover from injuries and sustain a career as an athlete or dancer.

Want to get in touch with Taylor? Email her at: taylorcorrine24@aol.com!!

Through the Lens

DEJAHDejah1

Age: 20
Occupation/Placement in School: Federal employee/ Junior at Southern New Hampshire University.
Hometown: Bowie, Maryland

 

What is your favorite form of artistic expression?

My favorite form of artistic expression is photography. I was always interested in taking photos as a child but my interest really flourished when I took a photography class in sophomore and junior year of  high school. After those classes, I began to further my skills on my own.

I’m so drawn to photography because there are so many meanings you can take from a photo. When I look at a photograph, I like to think about what kind of story is behind it. I’m drawn to the emotional component of photography because it is an outlet for me.

Dejah3What are the hardest and best parts of how you express your art?

The best parts about photography is how happy I feel when I finally get the shot I wanted. I also enjoy finding the beauty in simplicity. I feel as if sometimes there does not have to be much going on in the photograph to convey a message. It is also so rewarding when people enjoy my art. I love it when people tell me what they got from my photo and what it means to them. I like to create art that makes people get an emotional response. Even if it is negative, I want to hear what people think. This also brings me to the hardest parts. Sometimes I can get sensitive about criticism. Like Erykah Badu said….”I’m an artist…and I’m sensitive about my shit”, haha. Although I am sensitive to it, I appreciate it. I always want to improve myself. Another hard part about photography…it’s expensive!

 

What inspires you when it comes to your art?Dejah2

So many things! I am mostly inspired by my own emotional pain, personal experiences, the experiences of others, and spirituality. Art helps me express what I am feeling when I can’t put it into words. When I am feeling depressed, frustrated, angry and even happy, I pick up my camera. It helps me to be able to let out my own skeletons in a healthy manner. I feel like I can tell a story to people without having to go into details. I’m also inspired by the good in people. I love seeing the people I love doing well and living their lives happily. I always want to capture those moments and keep the memories fresh.

 

Dejah4What do you hope to do with your art in the future?

I hope in the future my art inspires others. The emotion I feel when I view my favorite artists’ work is priceless and forever. I love to get people thinking and I hope I can just leave a positive mark on people’s lives.

Dejah’s work is available for viewing at:

www.facebook.com/dejahgreenephotos

www.flickr.com/dejahgreene

www.dejahgreene.weebly.com

 

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