Shad is my hero. Dude’s raps are slick as an oil spill and he raps about real life stuff unlike some 22 inch rims and scantily-clad broad on the album cover cats. He is at a whole other level. His stuff will be up on this site a whole bunch.
“The things I needed most there were no classes for. There are no sex classes. No friendship classes. No classes on how to navigate a bureaucracy, build an organization, raise money, create a database, buy a house, love a child, spot a scam, talk someone out of suicide, or figure out what’s important to me. Not knowing how to do these things is what messes people up in life, not whether or not they know Algebra or can analyze literature.”
I have been showing this video to a lot of people lately. It really impacted me the first time I watched it and when I say that it sent like shock waves throughout my whole body. It really makes you think about how privileged we are to live in America. I am trying to keep things in perspective when school gets crazy and I get all stressed and remember that I have it so much better than 80% of the world’s population, if not more than that.
My name is Tyler Strittmatter. I am a student at Bowling Green State University in Ohio studying Journalism. I have started blogs before and ran with them for a while, but then they died down. I think the main reason is because people were always trying to tell me what to do. “You have make sure your blog is a niche market and has a very specific focus,” is what people told me.
Well I am tired of that because I do not want to look at one thing. I do not want a blog just about guitars, or music, or writing or anything too narrow. I want to talk about it all, sure there will be a lot about music but I want it to be more than that. I want to discuss life and share things that inspire me.
This blog will be self-serving because everything is to some degree. You cannot have pure altruism. Even when you give something away and expect nothing back you still get joy from giving , so you ultimately do get something in return. It will be self-serving because I want to keep all my ideas in one place and a blog seems like a reasonable place for an “idea journal” that has multi-media elements.
I called it “piece of stritt” because my last name is Strittmatter and it is a play on the one insult grade school kids had for me, “Shitmatter.” So here is my self-deprecating revenge to those light-up shoe tricksters who could turn any name into something terrible, but I am not bitter (not too much anyway). The reason the Brooklyn Bridge is in the background is because that is where I want to be all the time. It represents something beautiful and at the same time something tough and gritty and I love that contrast. So here goes nothing as we “fly headlong into the blazing unknown,” together or maybe it will just be me throwing shit matter at the wall and seeing what sticks.