Renaissance

The Renaissance was probably my favorite topic to learn about in my AP European History class, only slightly beating World War 1 & 2. The Renaissance, if you did not know, started in the late 1300’s and ended around the 1500’s, mostly in Italy. The word actually means “rebirth,” referring to the rise of Greco Romanian Art, Philosophy, Music, Architecture and so on. Don’t quote me on this, I learned this in High School and they’ll only tell you what they want to tell you, so if you have any questions about the Renaissance, use your favorite search engine and search to your little heart’s content.

Why the Renaissance? Isn’t that like, old people art, ya know, for old people? Of course not! A lot of paintings that are still admired today are from the Renaissance. For instance, Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, also known as Michelangelo, was recorded as one of the best artists of his time. He was a painter, poet, , sculptor, and the one who engineered the High Renaissance.  He was the one who sculpted this bad boy:

Michelangelo's David

Michelangelo’s David

(note: David is actually suppose to be a little boy, but the culture valued the body of man and made them more muscular than they needed to be. Either way, it’s perfection)

And this:

The Creation of Adam by Michelangelo

The Creation of Adam by Michelangelo

If you didn’t know that, congrats, you’re learning a little from this silly blog.

Do you recognize this painting?

The School of Athens by Raffaello

The School of Athens by Raffaello

This painting was done by Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino, also known as Raphael. He, along with Michelangelo, helped to shape the Renaissance during his time. (do a little research on this painting if you would like to find out more. Its highly interesting and the people in this painting make sense. If you look to the far right, next to the man with the glob in his hand, you will see that Raphael even put himself in the painting!)

How about this one?

The Last Supper by Leonardo

The Last Supper by Leonardo

Or this lovely lady?

Mona Lisa by Leonardo

Mona Lisa by Leonardo

How about this journal entry?

The Vitruvian Man by Leonardo

The Vitruvian Man by Leonardo

Yes, these were done by Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci, commonly known as Leonardo da Vinci, or the man of the Renaissance. Da Vinci was a Polymath, which means he studies in more than one subject. He was a painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer! Can you believe that?

These 3 men were the geniuses of the Renaissance and helped other artists like Sandro Botticelli, Titan, Donatello, Filippo Brunelleschi, Caravaggio (one of my favorites), Paolo Veronese, Giotto and many more.

-Ashton

Bad After

Done by Moi.

Done by Moi.

First, tell me what you think when you see this picture. Second, what do you notice different. Third, ask, who the heck is this guy?

Well folks, this lovely man is Christofer Drew Ingle from the one man band, Never Shout Never. If you’ve never heard of him, you’re probably learning of him a little too late. Although loved by many young listeners, most refuse to believe he is a changed man. I beg to differ. Drew is 22, apparently is a member of, not one, but 4 bands, and is covered in tattoos. I guess when people say “People change,” they weren’t considering a bad change.

I’m not a hater, I’m just giving a widely accepted opinion. The new Drew is scary to be honest. Here, let me let you read an old song of his. This is one of my personal favorites.

Lyrics to First Dance

Well, it started with your hips

So I moved up to your lips

To take a chance, ask for a dance

‘Cause you’re the cutest thing

On this side of the world

We call our homes, yet I feel so all alone

Half of the time we gotta live

With what we got and I got nothin’

So I pray you take my hand

So we can conjure up somethin’ rad

And you could move on with your life

Just like you do, just like you shooby do do do

But you could make everything alright and I want you to

Because ever since the first dance

All I thought about was lovin’ on you

So I moved to the dance floor

With instincts and nothing more

I had ants in my pants, I did the boogie dance

And there was nothing to do but laugh

So I took another leap

Hoping to sweep you off your feet

I said, “Baby, maybe we could bust this joint

And see if my place is open to chill”

And you could move on with your life

Just like you do, just like you shooby do do do

But you could make everything alright and I want you to

Because ever since the first dance

All I thought about was lovin’ on you

And you could move on with your life

Just like you do, just like you shooby do do do

But you could make everything alright and I want you to

Because ever since the first dance

All I thought about was lovin’ on you

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Sweet right? Okay, now lets read a song from another one of his bands, Eatmewhileimhot.

Lyrics to Get Up and Die

You are a couch potato
And you know what we do with couch potatoes
We make them get up and die
(die, die, die)

Get off your sorry behind
And do something with your pathetic life
You have become a parasite
Get up and die

Get up and die
Get up and die
Get up and die
Get up and die
Get up and die
Get up and die
Get up and die
Get up and die
Get up and die
Get up and die
Get up and die
Get up and die

Now that you have woken from your slumber
What do you have to say for yourself?
Doesn’t you feel cool?
(cool, cool, cool)

Getting up off your sorry behind
And doing something with your life
Is something everyone should do
(do, do, do)

Get up and die

Get up and die
Get up and die
Get up and die
Get up and die
Get up and die
Get up and die
Get up and die
Get up and die
Get up and die
Get up and die
Get up and die
Get up and die

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Notice a difference? Maybe reading it is not enough for you. Maybe hearing it will be better. Click the two links below and listen to the difference in his voice.

First Dance

Get Up and Die

Now do you notice a difference?

So tell me, which do you prefer? I guess it depends on your musical tastes and such, but many would agree that the old Drew was better. New listeners and fans of his know nothing about the greatness he use to produce. Others will say “He is who he is, he sounds the freaking same!” Yeah, okay.

-Ashton

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