On Halloween

In which Mattie discusses the many ways one can enjoy the Halloween festivities this October.

Hello all! Halloween is a little more than a month away and it’s time to start planning Halloween activities to engage in as October creeps up on us. There are a multitude of things to do in Louisville that revolve around Halloween, so let’s get started!

  1. Huber’s Orchard & Winery: The biggest and most popular pumpkin patch closest to Louisville, Huber’s has time and time again brought in crowds of all ages to try and find the biggest pumpkin or simply to participate in a wine tasting. Just a short drive away in Borden, Indiana, Huber’s never fails to make Halloween feel closer than it actually is. 15Priebes-Pumpkin-Patch
  2. Baxter Avenue Morgue: Although Louisville offers a slew of haunted houses, Baxter Avenue Morgue is among the most popular (and scariest!) haunted houses available for tour during the Halloween season. Like the name boasts, this haunted spot was actually a morgue for over a century before it became abandoned and later turned into a haunted house. If you’re searching for something even more intense, I would also suggest Waverly Hill Sanatorium, a former hospital where hundreds of people died from tuberculosis and is supposedly one of the most’s haunted places in the entire world, not just Louisville. imag001.jpg
  3. St. James Art Fair: An annual art fair that has been going on since 1957, the St. James Art Fair made this list not for the feeling of Halloween it induces, but rather, the feeling of autumn. As someone that has been attending this art fair for the past 15 years (ever since I was 6!), the St. James Art Fair has always been a quintessential part of the beginning of fall for me. Happening October 6-8, it is a perfect way to kick off the month of October. st-james-court-art-show-201210056678-750xx550-309-0-0

On The Impending Future

In which Mattie discusses the trials and tribulations she is dealing with as she fumbles through her last year of college.

Over the past three years of college, I can say with the utmost confidence that I’ve had my fair share of “college” experiences, ranging from sub-par to incredible. The late nights, the new friends, the heartbreak, the never-ending pile of homework constantly sitting beside my bed… As I stand before my final year of college, I can’t decide if I’m going to miss this part of my life or not. I remember writing a journal entry three weeks into my freshman year, at a different college in a coffee shop I would never visit again, reflecting on how “in the spotlight” I felt at the time. I said that the simple state of being alone most of the time was forcing me to really reflect on who I was, what I wanted, etc etc etc. I promised myself in that journal entry that I was going to find myself during that year.

It’s now three weeks into my senior year, and I realized I’ve failed my 18 year old self. Have I really distracted myself with frivolous thoughts and activities for three entire years? How have I managed to do that? At least I’ve decided one thing that may be a step towards a reasonable future…

As I’m typing this, my GRE workbook lays next to me, untouched… unopened. Sometime during the hazy summer months, I hastily decided that I wanted to go to grad school and I still think it is a good idea, but I’m not quite sure if I’m ready. But that’s always my problem — the constant overthinking and worrying ruins everything that might be a good decision. So, am I ready? Should I pack up everything, move away from everything I’ve known, and go to grad school? I wish someone could decide for me. How much easier would life be, right? I know I’m the only one that can decide for myself.

The deadline to apply for the GRE is September 22nd.

The clock starts now.


On “…Ready For It?”

In which Mattie discusses Taylor Swift’s second promotional single from her upcoming sixth studio album Reputation.

On September 3rd, 2017 at 8:00 am, Taylor Swift released her second single from her next album, Reputation, coming out November 10th.

Swift departs from her recognizable country twang but does not rid of her signature confessional lyrics. “…Ready For It?” competes for one of her most pop-ish songs to date; it calls to mind some of her past songs such as, “I Knew You Were Trouble” or “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”, but “Ready” has a much darker undertone than these songs of her past.

“Ready” is quick to takes its listeners to a paradise filled with island breezes, lowered lights, and stolen hearts. We hear a much rarer, more intimate side of Swift that was surprising to hear after all of the controversy she has been through recently. How can one be so intimate with their lyrics after all this time? Swift continues to shine despite the backlash; as Swift once said, “people throw rocks at things that shine.”

Filled with hurried talks of killers, jailers, heists, and robbers, one starts to wonder if this song is based off a real romance or is another satirical song like “Look What You Made Me Do,” the first single off Reputation. Swift is known for being a hopeless romantic and any regular fan knows that this type of love would not appeal to Swift so is “Ready” perhaps another dig at how the media portrays her relationships?

Hopefully more context will help fans answer this question.

Pre-order Reputationcoming out November 10th, on iTunes.


On “Look What You Made Me Do”

In which Mattie dissects Taylor Swift’s lead single from her anticipated sixth album Reputation.

In Taylor Swift’s return to music after a three-year hiatus, she proves herself to still be the reigning ruler of music and streaming sales. “Look What You Made Me Do,” the lead single off her upcoming sixth studio album Reputation, may be one of her most daring tracks to date — Swift’s snarky voice tiptoes over the track while layers of symbolism punctures every line heard throughout the song. This is not uncommon for Swift who is known for her confessional lyrics, but something is different, and much more sinister, about this song.

Over the past three years, Swift’s name has been dragged through the mud more than your average celebrity, but why? From the Kimye phone conversation leak fiasco, to her controversial streaming views, to being hated on for everything you could possibly think of, Swift cannot catch a break. In “Look What You Made Me Do,” Swift unapologetically recognizes the unfairness of it all. For her loyal fans, Swifties, this was a rallying call to once again solidify as Swift’s full-fledged defense team. For her haters, it was yet another excuse to roll their eyes and say, “There she goes, playing the victim again.” For the rest of us, it gave us the opportunity to marvel at the speed at which the song broke records (most watched lyric video in its first day of release of all time, most Spotify streams in its first day, and most watched music video in its first 24 hours of all time garnering 43.2 million views) while having no promotion whatsoever.

As for Swift? She sits on her throne, unbothered by the ensuing chaos pooling at her feet. After being in the music industry for 13 years, Swift has finally learned to accept what people will say, good and bad. “Look What You Made Me Do” was made because her reputation was destroyed because people made a sport of making fun of her. And now, as Taylor said, there will be no explanation, just reputation.

Pre-order Reputation, coming out November 10th, on iTunes.