Zhang Zishuang Professor Benjamin Hanna Western Culture III 0126 22 December 2014 Country music and American culture When you walk along the street, you may hear Taylor Swift’s new album kept playing again and again; When you pass by a truck, you may be attracted by the euphonious ‘country road’ by Johnny Denver; When you step into a bar, country music will frequently appear among many energetic Rock songs. Undeniably, country music has been everywhere and even gained worldwide popularity in recent years. Caught by the beautiful sound and moving melodies of the American country music, I decided to lift the veil of American country music to people who have a passion for it. Besides the superficial acoustic enjoyment, the American country music is a perfect embodiment of American history, culture and customs. Once you could profoundly understand and sincerely appreciate the American country music, you are offered a golden opportunity to comprehend what the American truly value.
Joan Chandos Baez ( /ˈbaɪ.ɛz/) (born January 9, 1941 as Joan Chandos Báez) is an American folk singer, songwriter, musician, and a prominent activist in the fields of human rights, peace, and environmental justice. Baez has a distinctive vocal style, with a strong vibrato.  Her recordings include many topical songs and material dealing with social issues. Baez began her career performing in coffeehouses in Boston and Cambridge, and rose to fame as an unbilled performer at the 1959 Newport Folk Festival. She began her recording career in 1960, and achieved immediate success.
I did finally narrow the search down to two songs; both are cover songs, “Have a Little Faith”, and “Hallelujah”. The song “Have a Little Faith” is a beautiful song to begin with, but to listen to just the instrumental version with Frisell on Guitar is amazing. And while I could listen to it all day I had to go with the remake of my favorite song ever, “Hallelujah”. This version is
I grew up listening to country music, because my mom is a huge fan. Right now my favorite country song is “Letter to Me,” by Brad Paisley. It reminds me of myself when I was in high school. He is explaining his life when he was 17 and how it’s only going to get better, which I now understand. My favorite line in the song is “and then I'd say I know it's tough, when you
There are many instruments used in folk music, the one I use in my Folk Group is the 6 string acoustic guitar. Others include the mandolin, the ukulele, the banjo, the twelve string guitar, a few percussion instruments like the maraca. But the main thing is the voice. All folk music has a special type of voice you hear that comes from the head and not the chest. My Personal Experience of Folk Music.
Love Story by: Taylor Swift Love story is a country pop song performed by Taylor Swift, an American singer-songwriter. Love Story was released on September 12, 2008 by Big Machine Records, as the lead single of her second album, Fearless. The song was written by Taylor herself and produced by Nathan Chapman. The song has a length of 3 minutes and 57 seconds. The sources of sound are the drums, the guitar, the banjo and the vocal by Taylor.
Fallyn Dionisopoulos Dr. Garcia MUS 186 05 October 2012 For my Internet project, I chose the country music genre. I focused on modern, or contemporary, country music. I made this choice solely because it is my favorite genre of music and I knew most, if not all, of the artists and songs that fall under this category. I figured the project would be the most interesting and beneficial to me if I chose my favorite genre of music. 1. http://www.crisismagazine.com/2012/materialism-is-killing-country-music/ This article comes from a magazine for Catholics titled Crisis Magazine.
It all comes from a songwriter. B.) Thesis Statement: After listening to my speech you will better understand what Kris Kristofferson went through in his personal and professional life to become the greatest Country Music song writer that he is today. C.) Credibility Statement: I have thoroughly researched Kris Kristofferson using the internet and I feel confident to speak to you today about his life. D.) Preview of Main Points: Starting with Kris’ childhood and going through his life, I will talk about how Kris was raised and how he went through some rough times before he made it to where he is today in his career.
The music played was that of the late John Denver plus some original compositions by Jim Curry, the principal of this performance. The performers included Jim and Anne Curry who both played acoustic guitar, Anne also played mandolin, Richie Gajate-Garcia on drums who played for a few years in John Denver’s touring band, Tristan Garcia, whose father played with John Denver, on electric bass guitar, Chris Wills played electronic keyboard, and Diane Ireland played flute. Jim and Anne sang all of the songs with backup vocals by Chris and Tristan. The music form was that of an eclectic mixture of John Denver’s recorded hit music plus some of his unrecorded works. Jim and Anne Curry are also composers in their own right and played several of Jim’s personal compositions.
Ke$ha’s mother was also a singer/songwriter, which influenced Ke$ha at a young age and got her familiar with writing and recording songs (Kesha). Pebe is known for writing songs, such as, Dolly Parton’s song “Old Flames Can’t Hold a Candle to You”. Ke$ha’s mom also helped her write several of her songs, which included “We R Who We R” and “Your Love is My Drug”(Kesha). When she was 17, she dropped out of high school to move to Los Angeles to follow her dream of making it big. She also changed her name from Kesha to Ke$ha with a money sign.