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jueves, 26 de noviembre de 2015

Songs About Violence Against Women (and Staying Strong and Positive)

One of the most powerful and creative methods of raising awareness about taboo subjects like Violence Against Women (VAW) is through music and song. From medieval bards to protest folk singers of the 1960s to today’s Pop, Rock and Country songwriters, musicians, singers and songwriters continue to play a vital role in spreading the message about social issues via heartfelt lyrics and musical hooks that ensure that the song stays with the listener until the message sinks in.

 1-A Broken Wing – Martina McBride
American Country superstar Martina McBride is a staunch supporter of the cause to end VAW and her songs often reflect her commitment to empowering women. A Broken Wing is no exception.
https://youtu.be/dgjTO5eAbZY

 2-No More Drama – Mary J. Blige
Grammy-award winning singer, songwriter and producer Mary J. Blige sings about surviving and transcending harmful relationships, emerging stronger than ever and leaving all the drama behind.
https://youtu.be/em328ua_Lo8

3- India Arie
This song by India Arie calls on women and girls everywhere to accept and be happy in their own skins and to appreciate themselves for who they are inside and out!
https://youtu.be/Mq86e4Fhja0
4-You Gotta Be – Des’ree
British singer Des’ree had a hit in the late 90s with this feel-good song about being the best that you can be as a woman.

3https://youtu.be/pO40TcKa_5U
5-The Rose – AHMIR
AHMIR – the 1R&B band on YouTube and The Pixel Project’s YouTube Music Ambassador – recorded Amanda McBroom’s The Rose in April 2012 as part of The Pixel Project’s Music For Pixels campaign. The Rose is their message of love and healing to survivors everywhere

https://youtu.be/buzP5I845PI

miércoles, 25 de noviembre de 2015

CONTRA LA VIOLENCIA CONTRA LAS MUJERES Manuel Carrasco "QUE NADIE"





LETRA:

https://youtu.be/Yur4PXOozdc



Empezaron los problemas 
se enganchó a la pena 
se aferró a la soledad 
ya no mira las estrellas 
mira sus ojeras 
cansada de pelear. 

Olvidándose de todo 
busca algún modo 
de encontrar su libertad 
el cerrojo que le aprieta 
le pone cadenas 
y nunca descansa en paz 
y tu dignidad se a quedado esperando a que vuelvas 

Estribillo 

Que nadie calle tu verdad 
que nadie te ahogue el corazón 
que nadie te haga mas llorar 
hundiéndote en silencio 
que nadie te obligue a morir 
cortando tu alas al volar 
que vuelvan tus ganas de vivir 

En el túnel del espanto 
todo se hace largo 
cuando se iluminara 
amarrado a su destino 
va sin ser testigo 
de tu lento caminar 

Tienen hambre sus latidos 
pero son sumisos 
y suenan a su compás 
la alegría traicionera 
le cierra la puerta 
o se sienta en su sofá 
y tu dignidad se a quedado esperando a que vuelva 

Estribillo 

Que nadie calle tu verdad 
que nadie te ahogue el corazón 
que nadie te haga mas llorar 
mintiéndote en silencio 
que nadie te obligue a morir 
cortando tus alas al volar 
que vuelvan tus ganas de vivir 

Que nadie calle tu verdad 
que nadie te ahogue el corazón 
que nadie te haga mas llorar 
hundiéndote en silencio 
que nadie te obligue a morir 
cortando tus alas al volar 
que vuelvan tus ganas de vivir..

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. November 25 2015


Prevention is the 2015 theme  of the International Day for the Elimination of violence against women  on 25 November and of the UNiTE to End Violence against Women Campaign’s 16 days call for action. You can see more at:www.unwomen.org. The United Nations Secretary-General’s Campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women invites you to "Orange the world: end violence against women and girls".  We have sixteen days (since November 25th till December 10th) to collaborate by using the toolkit and sharing our photos, messages and videos showing how we can  orange our world at facebook.com using #orangetheworld.

I would  also like to tell you about  www.plan-uk.org,  a webpage with plenty of resources  that you can use to raise students' awareness of the need to fight for a world in which girls and women can live safe from violence, go to school without fear, marry who they want and have their voices heard.

As I  focus my councelling in school contexts and as most of my readers work in school contexts too, I have chosen a resource that fosters reflection on  how violence  against girls can take place  in or around schools. You can find it here

The following video can serve as a starting point:

https://youtu.be/OOSRtbvT6kk  


My humble contribution to this campaign of prevention outlined above can very well include a song because I cannot agree more with Hans Christian Andersen when he said that  "where words fail, music speaks".  On this occasion, my choice is "Try", by American singer Colbie Caillat. I consider this is an empowering  song because I believe that the best prevention starts by making young girls understand that they do not have to be someone else in order to make others happy. 

CONTRA LA VIOLENCIA CONTRA LAS MUJERES Colbie Caillat - Try. Letra y traducción

Colbie Caillat - Try. Letra y traducción







Try, by Colbie Colliat


Oooh
Oooh

Put your make up on
Get your nails done
Curl your hair
Run the extra mile
Keep it slim so they like you, do they like you?

Get your sexy on
Don't be shy, girl
Take it off
This is what you want, to belong, so they like you
Do you like you?

You don't have to try so hard
You don't have to, give it all away
You just have to get up, get up, get up, get up
You don't have to change a single thing

You don't have to try, try, try, try
You don't have to try, try, try, try
You don't have to try, try, try, try
You don't have to try
Yooou don't have to try

Oooh
Oooh

Get your shopping on, at the mall, extra credit card
You don't have to choose, buy it all, so they like you
Do they like you?

Wait a second, 
Why, should you care, what they think of you
When you're all alone, by yourself, do you like you?
Do you like you?

You don't have to try so hard
You don't have to, give it all away
You just have to get up, get up, get up, get up
You don't have to change a single thing

You don't have to try so hard
You don't have to bend until you break
You just have to get up, get up, get up, get up
You don't have to change a single thing

You don't have to try, try, try, try
You don't have to try, try, try, try
You don't have to try
You don't have to try

You don't have to try, try, try, try
You don't have to try, try, try, try
You don't have to try, try, try, try
You don't have to try
Yooou don't have to try

Noooo
Oooh

You don't have to try so hard
You don't have to, give it all away
You just have to get up, get up, get up, get up
You don't have to change a single thing

You don't have to try, try, try, try
You don't have to try, try, try, try
You don't have to try, try, try, try
You don't have to try

Take your make up off
Put your head down
Take a breath
Look into the mirror, at yourself
Don't you like you?
Cause I like you






Maquíllate,
que te hagan las uñas,
rízate el pelo,
esfuérzate a tope (go the extra mile),
mantente delgada para así gustarles,
¿les gustas?
Compórtate de forma sexy,
no seas tímida chica,
quítatelo,
esto es lo que quieres, encajar,
para así gustarles,
¿te gustas a ti misma?
No tienes que esforzarte tanto,
no tienes que darlo todo (o tb acostarte con cualquiera),
solo tienes que levantarte, levantarte,
no tienes que cambiar una sola cosa,
no tienes que esforzarte, esforzarte...
no tienes que esforzarte, esforzarte...
no tienes que esforzarte, esforzarte...
no tienes que intentarlo,
no tienes que intentarlo.
Dejar a deber en el centro comercial (shopping on tick),
llegar al límite de tus tarjetas de crédito,
no tienes que elegir, cómpralo todo,
para así gustarles,
¿les gustas?
Espera un segundo,
por qué deberías preocuparte de lo que piensan de ti,
cuando estás sola, por tu cuenta,
¿te gustas?
¿te gustas?
No tienes que esforzarte tanto,
no tienes que darlo todo,
solo tienes que levantarte, levantarte,
no tienes que cambiar una sola cosa.
No tienes que esforzarte tanto,
no tienes que doblarte hasta romperte,
solo tienes que levantarte, levantarte,
no tienes que cambiar una sola cosa.
No tienes que esforzarte, esforzarte...
no tienes que esforzarte, esforzarte...
no tienes que esforzarte, esforzarte...
no tienes que intentarlo.
No tienes que esforzarte tanto,
no tienes que darlo todo,
solo tienes que levantarte, levantarte,
no tienes que cambiar una sola cosa.
No tienes que esforzarte, esforzarte...
no tienes que esforzarte, esforzarte...
no tienes que esforzarte, esforzarte...
no tienes que intentarlo.
Quítate el maquillaje,
suéltate el pelo,
toma aliento,
mírate a ti misma en el espejo,
¿te gustas?
porque a mí, me gustas.

martes, 24 de noviembre de 2015

The human voice

1. The human voice




The human voice consists of sound made by a human being using the vocal chords for talking, singing, laughing, crying, screaming, etc. Generally speaking, the voice can be subdivided into four parts; the breathing, the vocal chords, the articulators and the resonators.

The lungs must produce enough airflow to vibrate vocal chords (air is the fuel of the voice). The vocal chords are the vibrators that produce the fine pitch and tone. The articulators (tongue, palate, cheek, lips, etc.) articulate and filter the sound. Finally, the resonators amplify and intensify the sound: the end result of resonation is, or should be, to make a better sound.


The vocal chords, together with the articulators and the resonators, are capable of producing a lot of sounds. The tone of voice may be modulated to suggest emotions such as anger, surprise, or happiness. Singers use the human voice as an instrument for creating music.

2. Vocal resonation, vocal registration and vocal  ranges




Vocal resonation is the process by which the timbre and/or intensity of the sound is enhanced by the use of the air-filled cavities in the body. There are seven areas that may be listed as possible vocal resonators. These areas are the chest, the trachea, the larynx (voice box), the pharynx, the oral cavity, the nasal cavity and the sinuses.

Vocal registration refers to the system of vocal registers/range within the human voice. A register/range in the human voice is a particular series of tones that possess the same quality.





Vocal Ranges:


 A typical choral arrangement divides women into higher and lower voices and men into higher or lower voices too. The four main vocal ranges are:

-Soprano – A high female (or young boy’s) voice.

-Alto – A low female (or young boy’s) voice

-Tenor – A high (adult) male voice


-Bass – A low (adult) male voice


There   are   some   ranges   between   the   main ones:


-Mezzo-soprano – In between soprano and alto

-Contralto – Contralto and alto originally referred to the same voice. But some people today use  “contralto” to refer to a female voice that is even lower than a typical alto.


-Countertenor – A male voice that is unusually high, light, and agile, even for a tenor.

-Baritone – A male voice that falls in between tenor and bass.



Voices are as individual as faces; some altos will have a smaller or bigger range, or the softest and strongest part of their range might be in a different place than other altos. These are approximate, average ranges for each voice category:




TENOR
Male voices
BARITONE

BASS


VOICES


SOPRANO
Female voices
MEZZO SOPRANO

ALTO






3. Choral music


A choir, chorale, or chorus is a musical ensemble of singers. Choral Music, therefore, is the music written specifically for a choir to perform. Choirs are often led by a conductor or choirmaster and can be categorized by the voices:

       Mixed choirs (i.e., with male and female voices). This is perhaps the most common type, usually consisting of soprano, alto, tenor and bass voices, often abbreviated as SATB.

       Male choirs, with the same SATB voicing as mixed choirs, but with boys singing the upper part (often called treble or boy soprano) and men singing alto (in falsetto), also known as countertenor. This format is typical of British cathedral choirs.

       Female choirs, usually consisting of soprano and alto voices, two parts in each.

       Children's choirs, often two-part SA or three-part SSA, sometimes more voices. This includes boys’ choirs.