Songs about Durham

Music is the soul of life. Not a day goes by where I’m not singing along to the radio or have headphones in my ears as I’m walking to class. It’s one of life’s paradoxes-I’m obsessed with music yet I have absolutely no musical talent and am tone deft most of the time. Some say my enthusiasm negates the poor quality to my voice. Lies.

Songs of love, joy, sadness, broken hearts, pain, etc… they all reach in a special place in me. And Durham has a special place in my heart, too. So I was struck with a thought- are there any songs about Durham?!

I did a little research and the result: there aren’t many songs specifically about Durham, but I did find a few songs that I really like. Durham is by no means a perfect city-it has its problems- but it is still a crazy cool place. I also think these songs do a good job with getting across a realness to the city.

1. Welcome to Durham by: Little Brother ft. Big Daddy Kane

WARNING: EXPLICIT. This is a reflection of the rough side of town, from the words of Durhamites themselves. These rappers are from Durham and have been working hard to break into the industry since the mid 2000s. This song is from 2005.

2. Carolina on my Mind by: J Cole

WARNING EXPLICIT. Even though the state in genenal, J Cole gives a direct shout out to Bull City when he’s referencing some of the towns. I really like this song because 1. The back music is awesome and 2. J Cole is talking about overcoming the issues to do what he wants- that’s the Carolina Way. And that is something I’m proud to be a part of.

3. Live and Die by: Avett Brothers

I included this song in the list because, as a senior, I’ve been feeling terribly nostalgic about everything and have a deep connection to Chapel Hill and Durham. And I really do feel that me and this area of N.C. are same… that we have a bond. Plus, the Avett Brothers are from N.C. so that’s even more love. This song was just released in 2012 from their new C.D.

4. Carolina Sunset by: The Marshall Tucker band

It’s true, what he says. “I love a Carolina sunset. That’s one thing a man will never forget. It brings heaven a little big closer to Earth.” From the mountains to Durham to the coast, this song hits home about the greatness. The good and the bad, Durham is one of those Carolina sunset towns. And it’s beautiful. This came out in the mid 1980s,

5. Durham Town (The Leavin’) by: Roger Whittaker

Sooooo this song may or may not be about Durham, NC… Since this is a British artist, it probably refers to the Durham in England. BUT I still think it counts because it’s a upbeat song and it talks about the sadness of leaving Durham, something that one can relate to no matter where Durham is. I like old songs in general, so it’s not a surprise that I like this song, which was first released in 1969.

I’d love to hear your feedback! Do you know of any songs about Durham?

By: Allie Barnes


It’s Madness!

It’s that time of year again- March Madness!! One of my favorite times of year. Tomorrow, Butler, Gonzaga, Michigan State, Louisville, etc. will be on the court and it’s going to be wonderful. I’m kind of miffed I have to go to school- clearly, Thursday and Friday should be holidays. Nevertheless, despite my classes, I’ll be glued to ESPN and BracketBound during every free second for the next couple of weeks.

As I’ve  been filling out my bracket, it’s always difficult to judge where to go place my faith in Duke. Being a current (and forever) Tar Heel, UNC is clearly where my allegiance lies and being a Tar Heel comes part and parcel with being a Duke hater, if only just in basketball. Taking away my Tar Heel pride, it is undeniable that Duke University helps define Durham as a whole.  And in being a part of The Voice this semester, I have grown attached to Durham and love every single one of our features highlighting the wonderful people of Durham, and I want to support them in any way possible.

But does supporting Duke help northeast central Durham? Is downtown defined by Duke? Do Durhamites revel in the success of Blue Devils or is there more of an attraction to UNC? It is unique to have two consistently incredible basketball program within ten miles of each other, so is the fandom extremely polarizing? Not being a native, I can’t say for sure what Duke’s influence is on the community and I’m not sure if outsiders, including myself, will ever fully understand Durham’s acceptance, love and hate of Duke University. It is complicated and has been developing for the last hundred years.

For better or for worse, I have Duke going to the Sweet Sixteen. Check out my bracket- sadly my ESPN account isn’t viewable to others until after the second round, so here is my bracket in two screen shots. I would love to see who your bracket and if you want, we can have our very own Durham Voice pool! That’s only if we have a lot of entries, though, so spread the word.

Top Half of the Bracket/Bottom Half of the Bracket

bracket1 bracket2

By: Allie Barnes

Honorable Mentions

This semester, the Durham Voice has been getting A LOT of love. To say that I’m proud would be an understatement. It’s almost overwhelming. Like I said in my first blog post, I came into Jock’s community journalism class without the slightest idea of his passion and drive to reach and give northeast central Durham, a wonderful place filled with wonderful people, a voice. Five years after the launch of this “lab” newspaper, we’ve reached beyond the this small corner of North Carolina.

DVblogThe semester for our new group of Durham Voice journalists started on January 9th. Six weeks later, (SIX WEEKS guys- that’s only about 42 days!) we were prominently featured in the News and Observer. Executive Editor John Drescher wrote it, and it was lovely piece, describing in detail Jock’s vision, what we students are doing and the type of stories we are working on. That article alone was shared 179 times on Facebook and was tweeted 77 times. That’s incredible! Since the News and Observer has such a large readership base, it truly made me fee like we reached a larger part of the state, branching out past the communities of Chapel Hill and Durham. We said we were going to burst that college bubble, and we did! I thought that was going to be the highlight of the semester.

Then, yesterday, we were mentioned in a Daily Tar Heel article. It was just a mention- no details, no summary, nothing like that. It isn’t even comparable to the News and Observer piece. Yet, I was just as thrilled. The love we received from the DTH meant that all of the students were exposed to our goal and knew that we existed. Passion may be kindled in a few students who may be able to take the Durham Voice to places we’ve never dreamed. Progress, progress, progress. I really didn’t think we could have much better press, at least not this semester.

DVblog2And then, today happened. We were featured in the Huffington Post. THE HUFFINGTON POST. I was floored. The article, of course, centered around the anniversary of former UNC-CH student body president Eve Carson. But out of all the programs that were inspired from Eve and her death, they chose to highlight us. We have a whole paragraph and a direct link to our site! The HuffPost is a national publication, and we’ve potentially reached millions of readers.

In a matter of two weeks, we’ve gone from mainly only reaching our lovely corner of North Carolina to reaching a the entire UNC-CH student body, to the state, to the nation. We’ve also been featured in local blogs, like John Robinson‘s. It’s been a crazy ride. And just think- we’re only halfway through the semester. Where will the next six weeks take us?

By: Allie Barnes

All for one, one for all

You know us- we’re always trying to come up with ideas to expand our publication and help the northeast central Durham community grow and develop in unity. The community is always so lively and full of fun wonderful events that we get to cover, so we got to thinking… why not make a community calendar?

community calendraAnd so that is what we did. Our Community Calendar even has its own tab on our website so that it is easily accessible. It looks good, if you ask me!

Now, of course it is near impossible for us to know all of what is going on in this wonderful little town. Sadly, our school responsibilities keep up inside our college bubble for a lot of the time. To make sure everything is included, we opted to let the calendar be open to anyone. So, if you know of an event for a school, church, restaurant, community center or neighborhood anniversary party, put it on the calendar so that everyone can see. Sometime we’ll even give a shout out on our social media sites to things going on that day, so that the maximum amount of people know. I personally think it’s brilliant.

As you can see from the picture above, our calendar is pretty bare- it’s just begging for more additions. March Madness should apply to more than our local UNC-CH and Duke basketball teams, so have at our calendar. Spread the word- it will only be useful if a lot of people know about it.

Here’s to another wonderful Durham Voice addition!

By: Allie Barnes