I Want to Hold Your Hand People enjoying the music of today, whether it be on an Ipod, in their car, or even at work, tend not to know the origin of which popular music came from. Perhaps they didn’t know that much of the music that Elvis made derived from early blues artists, such as Muddy Waters, and “Big Mama” Willie Mae Thornton, who originally sang the song “Hound Dog” (wikipedia). Yet, the most influential of all music origins, came from a small island off the west coast of Europe. That country was England, and the musical influx that erupted, was known as “The British Invasion”. The term “British Invasion”, is much easier to define as a cultural term, than a musical one.
The Beat Generation was a significant cultural movement of young people formed in the 1950s after World War II. They rejected conventional society and favoured originality, individuality, experimentation with drugs, free sexuality, modern jazz and eastern religion like Zen Buddhism. Many famous people have emerged from the movement like Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and Gregory Corso who are well known examples of beat literature. When comparing Beat poetry to songs in the last decade surprisingly they explore similar topics, use comparable sound techniques and share relevant styles. ‘Howl,’ by Allen Ginsberg, ‘Bowery Blues,’ by Jack Kerouac and ‘Bomb,’ by Gregory Corso share familiar traits with the lyrics from ‘Where is the love?’ by the Black Eyed Peas.
Published in September, 1798, by Eder in Vienna, the set is dedicated to Countess Anna Margarete von Browne, whose husband, Count Johann von Browne (1767-1827), was one of Beethoven's chief early patrons. The First movement starts out with an upbeat but without a crescendo, imitating the Mannheim Rocket. One of the most important part of this pieces is the monothematic idea that is used. The 4 notes in the beginning (D, C,B, A) is widely used all over the piece, such as the end of bar 10. Look at the first three bars it contains: 1) Octaves (meaning there are no harmonies, just the same notes played at the same time: first there are three D:s, then three C#s, etc.)
Everything from his physical features to his words was portrayed through the arts in a way that would insinuate Malcolm X as “forever young”. The cultural and artistic iconic reputation of Malcolm X witnessed a brief hiatus over the period of 1970s to 1980s until the pop explosion of the hip-hop generation. Numerous artists began to incorporate samples from X’s speech over hip-hop beats into their music. Apart from his words, images of Malcolm X also began to become more visible whether in murals or in paintings. In a way, in a generation and time of newfound Afro-centricism and the Black Power movement, Malcolm X was the perfect fit for being able to speak whatever uncomfortable truths that no other individual could muster to bring forth.
Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin also were wonderful choices for this week. Not only because they are great singers but also because they are African American. Being African American and living with segregation in the 60s, Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin both over came that and even appeared on television shows and made hit songs that are still popular today. My favorite artists in the 60s were the Beatles, The Byrds, and The Who. Even though I was somewhat acquainted with the Beatles before I grew to like them even more.
Both types of music create rhythmic drum patterns, and use slow rhythmic beats to give it a good groove feel that makes hip hop unique. A good rhythmic bass is usually used to also hold the beat in basically every “old school” or “new school” songs. In both eras of hip hop drum patterns are added in addition with the bass to keep the song even more on beat and give the artists a sense of word placement in the songs. They both use the same type of background instrumentals but "new school" rap uses more complex patterns, and "old school" uses a simple kick snare or pattern. However, in the case of melody, many instrumental and song structured difference are created between both of the eras of music.
Often political, some of rap's most famous stars have come from street gangs. Its combination of gritty urban storytelling and beat-driven, technologically sophisticated music has gained popularity worldwide. Famous rappers include Run D.M.C, Rick Ross and Jay-z. African American music has influenced many modern musical styles. For example Chuck Berry (1926-) and Little Richard (1932-) transformed urban blues into what we know as rock ‘n' roll; rock guitarist, singer and songwriter Jimi Hendrix (1942-1970) began his career in a rhythm and blues band; and Stevie Wonder (1951-) and Marvin Gaye (1940-1984), transformed the sound of Motown into soul music.
A couple of examples would be the 60s style, with the long hair, ballad type music that promoted peace, love and drugs. Hence, the hippie was born. Then we had the age of Disco, where the music culminated a cult of cocaine using disco dancing people. This type of music had vocals singing to a steady beat that was easy to dance to. After that came the early Metal music which started an entirely different breed of listener, which dressed provocatively and partied all night.
Sixty of Rameau’s 65 harpsichord pieces were written by 1728, with a final group appearing in 1741. Published in 1706, 1724 and around the year 1728, these collections, with the final collection of 1741, consist of genre pieces and dances in the established tradition of French keyboard music. Rameau's music, so graceful and attractive, completely contradicts the man's public image and what we know of his character as described. Throughout his life, music was his consuming passion. It occupied his entire thinking; Philippe Beaussant calls him a monomaniac.
More unconventional hip hop sub-genres include political hip hop, Christian hip hop, nerdcore, homo hop, and instrumental hip hop (hip hop without vocals, commonly used in amateur freestyle rap)” ()*. This particular source offers that hip hop has created many positive and popular sub-genres of music. Hip Hop cannot be deemed all bad when you have Christian-rap, pro-black (the consciously aware), which promote peace or bringing the black communities together. The fact here is that rap has crossed cultural lines and can be deemed very inspiring, innovative even in many styles of music. A book I started to read named the 48 Laws of Power talks about Reputation being a very important platform of power stating, “So much depends on reputation – guard it with your life”.