Posts Tagged ‘Brooke Leone’

Jerks Need Sleep Too!

Posted: October 25, 2012 by jerkmagblog in CRISP -- health
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With the past four weeks being all about midterms, it’s no secret to anyone that sleep hasn’t exactly been top priority. Exams, papers, horrible group projects, and those small tedious “this will only take a second” homework assignments your professors think won’t matter in the grand scheme of things, seem to take over our lives. If they only knew what students really wanted to vocalize in those classes, chances are, we wouldn’t have as much work to do.

Considering how important sleep is and the fact that it’s become a long-lost friend these recent weeks, let’s just make sure it’s not looking for a reunion during your midterm exam or during that time before class that is perfect for a quick snooze, which eventually sneaks into class time because you’re that exhausted. Don’t let your grades or health slip just because of a paper or assignment that could be done during the daylight.

Many students say they feel they’re some kind of nocturnal. Obviously this isn’t true, but it certainly feels like it. For whatever reason, they get that second wind at night time, and can’t shut off the light/computer/cell phone.

According to the National Center for Sleep Disorders Research at the National Institutes of Health, some 30 to 40 percent of adults suffer symptoms of insomnia within a given year.

So here are a few steps to take before bedtime to ensure that your night’s sleep will be satisfying.

Yoga therapist Kate Vogt offers the following practices to help you invite your mind and body to rest.

Say Goodnight: Create a bedtime ritual to signal to your body and mind that all activity is done for the day and it’s time for rest. Finish eating two hours prior to bedtime, and turn off the TV or put aside your cell phone and laptop at least a half an hour before retiring. Literally start to check out and unplug before going to bed. It will make sleeping stress-free a little easier.

Stretch and Yawn: Rest on your back to contract and stretch your muscles from head to toe. Flex your feet, spread your toes, and then curl them under three times. Stretch out one foot and reach the opposite arm overhead. Gently squeeze and release the leg and arm muscles three times. Change sides. Hug yourself and shrug your shoulders toward each other. Hold for three or four seconds and release. Change the cross of your arms and repeat. Rest the base of your palms above your eyebrows and place your thumbs on your temples. Slide your fingertips along your hairline and circle the thumbs lightly on your temples. Yawn three times.

Let Yourself Melt: Lie flat on your belly, resting your forehead on your hands. Feel your navel expand toward the floor as you inhale and pull back as you exhale. With each exhalation, imagine releasing tension from your body. Do this for 10 breaths. Roll slowly onto your back. Rest your fingers on your belly, feeling it rise and fall as you take 12 more breaths. With each exhalation, let yourself melt and be absorbed into radiant love. Then, curl into a fetal position on your right side and rest. You may even drift off to sleep.

To see more tips and tricks to a good nights sleep or to gain more yoga knowledge, visit

Happy sleeping!

-Brooke Leone

Eat That Leaf

Posted: October 20, 2012 by jerkmagblog in CRISP -- health
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What’s crisper than a nice crunchy piece of lettuce? Not much. That’s why you should ditch the bread and start using it.

Take those amazingly addictive lettuce wraps at P.F. Changs as an example for a much healthier snack.  You could put your very own at-home spin on them, which is not only healthy but also cheap!

Now I’m a complete advocate for all things lettuce: salad, wraps, toppings and any everything else. I just don’t think people realize how great this is, so here’s a recipe that I love that is healthy, delicious, and doesn’t fill you up so you can eat a few of these and not feel like a fatty.

James Duigan: Ultimate Clean & Lean Lettuce Wrap
(Brought to you by me with help from

4 leaves iceberg lettuce
4 slices roast turkey
½ cucumber, sliced
250g hummus
Sprinkle of paprika

Put the toppings on the lettuce as if it were bread and roll it up! You can place a toothpick in the wrap to hold it together for easy keeping or just while you’re eating. You can also add other ingredients such as: cheese, garlic, seasonings, other meats, no meat, beans, etc.

If you try this out, comment below and let me know how it goes!

-Brooke Leone

I don’t know how many of you actually went to the One World Concert, but let me tell you something – it was the longest, but most rewarding concert experience of my entire life.

The show lasted about 5 hours, which is just short of festival length, so it was a long one. At about 11:30pm I was getting restless since I’m an old lady and go to bed around that time every night, needless to say, I was ready to crash. But I needed to see my old friends that make up the Counting Crows. Even though we really aren’t old friends I would like to think we are since we’ve been together musically since middle school. So okay to get to the point – I wasn’t leaving until the dreadlock headed man sang to me.

If you were there, you obviously know, it was an amazing performance. Never have I ever seen a performance that got so deep in such a small amount of time. Round here is a solid track that holds a lot of emotion and without Adam Duritz voice it would never survive. He didn’t just sing the song but turned it into a story/conversational piece/something that’s even more amazing than my words could ever describe.

The video above probably doesn’t give his performance in the Dome justice, but it’s the closest thing to it. I’ll be looking into going to another show of theirs and I hope you guys enjoy the song and potentially look into more of the music since they’re pretty great, especially ‘round here.

-Brooke Leone

If there’s any campus that knows how inspiring Dave Matthews Band can be, it’s Syracuse. DMB will be coming to campus on October 9th to sing as part of the One World Concert two-day event. Aside from the Dalai Lama, Dave Matthews is probably the next biggest figure that will fill the dome to capacity.

In 2010, the band didn’t do much touring because they had been touring for the past 15 to 20 years. For some of you freshman, that’s basically your entire lifetime. So it’s no surprise that the band has taken a break to create new music. In 2011, DMB came back to festivals, concert venues, and the world with their tunes and spirit we all know and love. But yes, they did show up a few places in 2010 but not as much as they usually do.

Now, in 2012, the band finally released their new album, Away From The World on iTunes. The album was available for a preview listen, which I was fortunate enough to experience. The traditional DMB sound and lyrics fill the album and shouldn’t disappoint any fan. The album is available for purchase on iTunes now, and is available for your listening pleasure on Spotify.

Hopefully we will also be hearing some of these songs at the One World Concert. I might be upset if we don’t… As Dave sings, “Mercy, will we overcome this? Oh, one by one could we turn it around? Baby, carry on just a little bit longer, and I’ll try to give you what you need.” I think that screams One World Concert right?

Tracks include:

Broken Things, Belly Belly Nice, Mercy, Gaucho, Sweet, The Riff, Belly Full, If Only, Rooftop, Snow Outside, Drunken Soldier

Take a listen and love it as much as I do! Comment and let me know your thoughts!

-Brooke Leone

South Korean rapper Psy, is the latest sensation with his hit “Gangnam Style”. If you haven’t heard it yet, which I’m sure you probably have, you really should.

What I want to know, is where this man even came from. Within what seems like a few days, his hit has majorly skyrocketed, making him a household name in America.

Announced on July 15, Gangnam Style became an instant hit, which now has more than 42 million views on Youtube. The track even surpassed The Bieb’s new tune on August 21, 2012 when it officially charter No. 1 on the itunes Music Video Charts. This, as you may have guessed, has never been accomplished by a South Korean artist in the U.S.

Psy made a huge debut on the Today show a few weeks ago during the Toyota Concert Series. Not only did he bring fans from all over the country to New York City to see him perform, he also taught the cast of the Today Show how to dance the Gangnam Style.

Along with news updates and music videos, the fans are taking the song into their own hands and recreating the “Call Me Maybe” craze. Couples are dancing to the song at their weddings and posting videos of it on Youtube. Sailors are also dancing around their base. I don’t think there are as many videos as the lipcyncs to “Call Me Maybe”, but it’s getting there. No matter how insane this song is, people love it. I’m on the fence though. I mean, what is he even saying?

This ridiculous-upbeat-lets-make-our-own-videos-to-stupid-songs craze hasn’t stopped yet. The only question is, what song comes next

-Brooke Leone

While listening to All For Me Grog, I get the feeling that I’m in an Irish pub or something singing along with the whole bar. You know that feeling?

Joey formerly was in the band The Briggs with his brother Jason. However, he decided to do some solo work in LA and tour a bit around the world. His solo work expresses his interest in the dying music industry and politics along with several other issues. Even with Joey’s success as one, he does discuss on that they will be getting back together as a band. As Joey says, it now will be a mix of the new Briggs and the old Briggs.

Briggs has an interesting sound that will hook anyone with one listen. For instance, I think Briggs brings out his political view points in 37 Cents with lines like, “I’ve got something to say about how your running this country into the ground.” Even though listeners might not be political buffs, the way in which he sings and presents his lyrics catches everyone’s attention.

Maybe it’s just the writing major in me, but what I love about his music, is that everything seems to fit together to ultimately form an overall message. The track titles he uses tell a story relevant to the theme and name of his album title, “The Traveling Salesman, Pariah, and Me.” It’s nice to see clean lines and ties between his music and titles. This type of organization isn’t too common among artists these days.

Joey Briggs was on tour most of the summer overseas and ended in California. Let’s welcome him back to the States with some listening. I think he has a great sound that could be linked with The Avett Brothers, The Devil Makes Three, Flogging Molly (in some cases), and other bluegrass, rock n’ roll type of bands. He hasn’t released a recent album yet, but last year The Traveling Salesman came out with this track list:

Suburban Kid
Let The Night Sleep Without Me
Black Cloud
Bottom Of A Beer
So Let Down
The Sun Will Shine
All For Me Grog
37 Cents
First Page Of My Book
Here’s To You
Talking With The Wind
Walk Away

Take a listen and leave a comment. Tell us what you think!

-Brooke Leone

Hey guys! My name is Brooke Leone and I’ll continue to update you with the latest album releases, songs of the week, and maybe a few playlists here and there. Not only do I love music, but fitness and TV are a must as well. Recently I’ve been watching Breaking Bad every single day.

Year/Major: I’m a double major in Writing and Religion as a Senior, which can be kind of scary at times.

Hometown: I’m originally from Rushville, New York and transferred to Syracuse as a Sophomore from Columbia College in Chicago.

Most Embarrassing Moment: Too embarrassed to tell

Biggest Lie I’ve Gotten Away With: We can’t always tell the truth can we?

Movie I could Watch Over and Over: I am always up to watch Sex and The City no matter how awfully made it is.

While following my stories on JERK, you can also see me on Twitter @Blleone33. Let me know if you’d like to see a certain band, genre, or whatever!

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I watched the full Opening Ceremony for this years Olympics and within those 4 ½ hours, amazing music was shared. From classics, to MIA, music was heard throughout the world and it was all from that country. It makes me wonder what our Opening Ceremony would be now if we based it around music. Bad thoughts come to my mind and hopefully we could at least pull the amazing artists together to form something similar to London’s opener.

Since I loved most of the music shared at the ceremony, I thought I’d share it with everyone else. Here is a list of the motivating, yet brilliant songs played.

The JamGoing Underground
The ClashLondon Calling
Vangelis Chariots of Fire
Rizzle Kicks – When I Was a Youngster
Eric Clapton – Wonderful Tonight
The Who – My Generation
The Rolling Stones – Satisfaction
The Kinks – All Day and All of the Night
The Beatles – She Loves You
Led Zeppelin – Trampled Under Foot
The Specials – A Message to You Rudy
David Bowie – Starman
Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody 

Duran Duran – The Reflex
New Order – Blue Monday
Frankie Goes to Hollywood Relax
Soul II SoulBack To Life 

EurythmicsSweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
Underworld Born Slippy
Blur Song 2
Dizzee Rascal Bonkers
Mark Ronson & Amy WinehouseValerie 

Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out
Kaiser Chiefs – I Predict a Riot
Roll Deep – Shake a Leg
Oasis – The Hindu Times
Emeli Sande – Heaven
Pink Floyd – Eclipse
The Beatles – Hey Jude

-Brooke Leone

I feel that even if country music made you cringe you might still like this song. I know when I hear it on the radio I can’t help turning it up and singing along. Not only does Zac Brown Band capture us with his guitar and high paced tunes, he also has the lyrics to tie it all together.

With their most popular song, Chicken Fried, Zac Brown Band rose quickly to the top. The band has several popular songs that will be brought to Syracuse University’s Carrier Dome in November. Tickets will be on sale this Saturday, July 28th through Live Nation and the Carrier Dome Box Office. Every student got the email but I have hopes that more than just SU and ESF students read these articles.


-Brooke Leone

On May 22nd of this year, Ingrid Michaelson released her music video for her single Blood Brothers, which takes on costume changes to become Amy Winehouse, Marilyn Monroe, Gene Simons, John Lennon and many more. This concept is a new one for Ingrid, but while creating the idea for the music video, this came directly from her.

I honestly love Ingrid Michaelson and think she’s a unique innocent artist with a lot of talent. She gets a lot of credit for her music, but I think she deserves even more.

As the artist gets attention for this video, she also is packing venues with her upcoming tour. She’s visiting us in Upstate New York July 20th in Buffalo and the 21st in Rochester. I’m personally going to the Buffalo show and would love to see some familiar faces there with me! For more concert dates and Ingrid info visit .

-Brooke Leone