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Learning Musical Genres Outside My Comfort Zone at St. Francis College Hurricane Relief Concert
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On September 29, 2017, I attended St. Francis College Hurricane Relief Concert. There I was introduced to many different compositions. The piece that I chose was, Tim Desere's Double Guitar Medley. This medley consisted of: I want you back by Jackson 5, Hey Soul Sister by Train, and Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley. The first song was within the genre of Classical soul, the second song was within the genre of Pop music, and the last song was within the Folk-rock…...
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The Objectification of Women in the Pop Music Genre
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Turning on the radio or flipping the television, we often hear music surrounding us, especially popular music of the moment. Artists that appeal to masses sell out stadiums, play Madison Square Garden, and win Grammiesl We categorize these artists and the music they make under ‘pop‘ music. Artists such as Taylor Swift, who’s full-blown pop album 1989 sold over 1 million copies in its first week, or Beyonce, who’s self-titled surprise album become the fastest digital album of all time,…...
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Looking into the Authenticity of Pop Music in Society Today
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Often present cultures tend to look back on the past as something more valuable 0r genuine than the present, modernized era especially when it comes to music. With the influx of new “talent” over the past decade or so, many have criticized whether or not this pop music is “real”. Yet most cultures in history have done the same thing — looking back at music of the past as if it was better or more genuine than the music that…...
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An Analysis of the Song Tank! from Japanese Animated Series Cowboy Bebop
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"Tank!" is a groovy, rather intense song that is the opening to the Japanese animated series, "Cowboy Bebop". It's also been used occasionally in international commercials. You can find it on youtube under "Tank! Cowboy bebop" if you so desire. I'm assuming it's considered a jazz song as sometimes the instruments do their own thing and there's a virtuosic alto saxophone solo. It also does a bit of layering, adding instruments and getting more intense as it goes along. It…...
The Stereotypes of African Americans as Violent People in Rap Songs m.A.A.d City by Kendrick Lamar and I’ll Still Kill by 50 Cent
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Many recent rap songs by a male artists have lines that portray the African American male as extremely violent. The songs "m.A.A.d City" by Kendrick Lamar and "I'll Still Kill" by 50 Cent use lyrics mentioning how the artists have and will kill others and keep weapons near them at all times. This stereotype results in society viewing African American males as more of a threat to others than they actually are. This stereotype has recently turned into a major…...
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A Review of On the Wings of Love, a Filipino Romantic Comedy Series
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“Achieve, kaw na, juice colored, push!“ familiar isn’t it? This line is one of the famous lines from the newest primetime habit of Filipinos and even foreigners, On the Wings of Love. This 2015 Philippine romantic comedy television series directed by Antoinette Jadaone and Jojo Saguin, starring James Reid and Nadine Lustre in their first primetime television series is creating a big commotion worldwide. The rom-com centers around two different people --- Leah, a simple girl with an American dream,…...
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A Review of the Live Performance of Ronn McFarlane
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On Saturday, September 30, [have gone to see a concert of Ronn McFarlane, one of a famotls lutenist in the world, The concert was named is “Ronn McFarlane, Solo Lute", and was held at St. Philip Presbyterian Church. Ronn has composed new music for the lute, building on the tradition of the lutenist/composers of past centuries First of all are a few things about the instrument used to perform at a concert. Lute is a unique musical instrument with the…...
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A Review of the Different Genres of Music in One Concert
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When I first found out that the only concert I could attend before the report deadline was on Monday, October 3", I was unsure of what to expect. I saw the word ensemble, and thought it would be similar to a traditional concert—but I couldn’t have been more wrong, The “Musicircus“ that was performed was completely opposite to what I prepared myself for. It was basically many musicians coming together to simultaneously play their music. This included jazz, folk, classical…...
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A Review of Ben Solee’s Performance of Three Songs at a Concert: Bury Me with My Car, Everything Is Electrified, and Boys Don’t Cry
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The Ben Sollee performance wasn’t a regular concert; rather, it was more of a comedy routine combined with a performance. He told the story of his life and of all his travels while performing songs. These were songs that he wrote and composed himself and I could tell a lot about what he thought and how he felt about issues in life. For example when he told about “Dear Kanye” and how as a successful black artist he’s not using…...
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A Review of an Essay on Understanding Music
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On Thursday, Mar 31, 2016 at around 7:30PM, I made my way to the New Haven Symphony Orchestra to view and listen to their magnificent concert. Before attending this concert, I had not seen a live orchestral concert in a very long time. I was very excited to be able to View a live orchestra again as I myself used to play the violin and viola for 8 years. I had gone to see The New Haven Symphony Orchestra’s Mozart,…...
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“The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of The Ring” Music For Films
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In Chapter 34 of Reel Music: 100 Years film Music History, Hickman argues that with The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring (2001), film music has gone full circle and returned to a style reminiscent of Richard Wagner. This can be readily heard upon viewing of LotR, The epic fantasy genre really lends itself to the dynamic symphonic style of music written by Wagner. The rich textures and epic swells in Howard Shorne‘s pieces such as “The…...
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A Paper on Copyrights and Music
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Copyright may have begun with the idea that it was important to protect the rights of book authors and their families. But for many years now, copyright laws have also protected songwriters, composers and performers. When it comes to recorded music, copyright is pretty complicated. The law wasn't intended to be that way. Truth be told, it's largely a matter of historical accident, precedent and timing. Because copyrights attached to written sheet music were around well before the invention of…...
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The History of the Opera
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In all of Europe, Opera is a very widespread and popular musical tradition and since, the popularity has only flourished. Opera is an art form in which singers and musicians perform a dramatic work combining text along with musical score. It has been said that those who sing opera compare to olympic athletes, but in the category of singing. It is very demanding art and people spend a lot of time trying to master this craft. It doesn't only consist…...
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A Review of the Preface to Alceste, an Opera by Christoph Willibald Gluck
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William Gluck was born in 1714 near the German-Bohemian border. He was enlightened composer who brought about new ideas to opera. His new ideas included changing the opera (opera seria) from being serious and reenacting 'old theatre' to a more fun and comical approach (opera buffa). The new styles focus was on “dramatic expression". The preface to Alceste was written to the Royal Highness for approval. Gluck thought that his new series of work was so special that he needed…...
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A Look Into The Centuries After The Middle Ages
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With monumental television and film series like Game of Thrones or The Lord of the Rings at the forefront of popular culture over the past two decades, it is worth questioning precisely what about the medieval world – and particularly medieval music – appeals to such a wide audience today. It may be tempting to assume to that this trend is a new phenomenon, but a look into the centuries following the Middle Ages (which came to a close around…...
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Many Different Sources of Entertainment
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Even though the medieval times were tough due to war, famine, disease, and thieves, it did not stop people from enjoying the fun part of life. There were many different sources of entertainment, like music, pageant wagons, tournaments, and certain types of entertainers that performed for people. Much of medieval music was influenced by Catholic churches and pagan rituals. Some instruments included harps, flutes, horns and the hurdy-gurdy. Troubadours, which were musicians and singers who specialized in courtly love from…...
The Issue of Sexism in the Hip Hop Culture
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The hip hop cttltttre mushroomed from an atmosphere of disillusionment and disappointment after the end of the civil rights era, Gangsta rap was the first to get popularity. This was a form of hip hop where rappers talked about drugs, sex, smoking, prostitution, and thug life, Hip hop has been accused of often misleading people and advocating for violation of authority. Hip-hop has a sordid relationship with women where male artists dominate the industry. Female artists in hip-hop usually are…...
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Child Due To Divorce
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The individual that I have chosen to write about is Alecia Beth Moore, also known as “P!nk”. Here’s some background, P!nk is a singer/song writer, she got her name from the movie “Reservoir Dogs”, a film that she had seen in her childhood and whose character Mr. Pink is someone that her friends had agreed that she resembled. She was the second born who lived a relatively middle-class life, however she was a child of divorce that caused P!nk to…...
The Lack of Camaraderie in George Orwell’s Animal Farm
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In the Russian Revolution, fellow rebels referred to each other as comrades, In George Orwell’s Animal Farm, the animals adopt this term as well. It conveys a sense of camaraderie, but is this sincere? Although they may seem united, each rebel has a different perspective on liberation. Revolution will never successfully end oppression because the rebels are not unified. Each rebel has different moral ideals, Foremost, their separate perceptions of freedom disagree. When Mollie asks if she could keep her…...
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Sound Effects in Video Game
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In the movie Scott Pilgrim vs. the world the genre shows an action/romance/comedy combo with a unique twist and extraordinary obstacles one young man must overcome to pursue a relationship with the love of his life. While doing all this Scott is trying to navigate his existence and figure out who he is. Scott is struggling to move on after a break up that left him devastated and he has a hard time accepting his ex-girlfriend’s success with her own…...
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A Comparison of the Contemporary Dance Concert at Dayton University and the Wittenberg Fall Dance Concert
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I attended two different dance concerts. I enjoyed both of them very much. My favorite that attended would be the Wittenberg Students’ concert. Both concerts were beautifully presented. You could see the passion in the dancers’ eyes and the pride that the choreographers had for the pieces they put together. The first dance concert that I attend was the Contemporary Dance Concert at Dayton University. The program was called “Emergence”, it was a showcase of work by emerging choreographers from…...
A Review of Dance Videos: Baryshnikov Dances Sinatra, Stop-Brooms and Pilobolus Molly’s Not Dead
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For the first dance I viewed, “Baryshnikov dances Sinatra,” I thoroughly enjoyed the drama and skill with which both dancers (but especially the female) performed this dance. Their movements were very expressive, which is what I personally enjoy seeing in a theatrical dance performance, It allows me to feel more in touch with the emotions of the dancers, and better understand what they are trying to convey through the dance And it was obvious that the movements, although they seemed…...
The Different Elements of the Dance, Sabroso
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The dance Sabroso encompasses everything enjoyable about movement and the act of dancing. The choreographers Del Dominguez and Laura Flores used numerous elements to make their dance a success, from the costuming, to the music, to even the individual pairings of dancers. The entirety of the dance was enjoyable as an audience member, and seemingly for the dancers on stage as well, the energy was apparent throughout The dance shined through as fun in every single element that was used,…...
The Influence of Electronic Dance Music on My Thinking
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Raves weren’t always my thing In fact, I had no idea what a rave was until I went to one. A lot of people hear the word “rave” and associate unpleasant ideas to them like drugs and alcohol, but what they don’t realize is that, it‘s not about that at all. There’s a huge culture behind raving and where it comes from As soon as I got a taste of the rave culture, I did a small amount of research…...
A Lovely Experience of Representing My School in a Musical Concert
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Representing my school in a musical concert that was held in National theatre, Igamu, Lagos State was one experience I'd love to have again. It all started when our music teacher/choir mistress came into the music laboratory during our choir rehearsal to announce the invitation of our school by the Arts and Culture Comissioner to participate in a music concert organised for state government secondary schools in the country. The moment we heard the news, we were all excited and…...
The Significance of Sound in a Football Game
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Can you envision a football field without sounds during a game? It’s impossible not to hear any sounds during a football game. The players are running, panting, and yelling all around the field trying to catch the ball, while the other players from the other team are pushing and hitting them before they can score. Some of them are taunting and booing each other. One coach and his assistant are standing on the side facing the other coach who is…...
My Teachers’ Impact on My Jazz Performance
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This year Mrs. Lewis. our jazz band instructor applied or a grant from the school. This grant was used to hire the old Center band instructor Mr. Rizzo. He taught us how to improvise. He focused on four key concepts: right notes, repetition. sequencing, and peak. In jazz band... especially while soloing there is the common misconception that there is no such thing as wrong notes. Sadly this is incorrect Mr. Rizzo taught us the specific cords and the right…...
The Development of Creativity in High School
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Point - Why school can make students more creative. Proof - (Top 3 Points) Teachers help students become more creative By giving students multiple points of view aside from their own.  They do their best to make lessons interesting and fun so that students will enjoy listening and placing input on the different subjects. Asking students for input on subject and lessons. Goal oriented, prepared for after high school School has guidance staff that help students keep the different options…...
A Review of a Concert Performance of Autumn Midley: An Anime Concert
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“Anime Music: The Butchering" Most, if not all, television is accompanied by some form of musical score, but no other genre of television places so much importance upon musical accompaniment than the series that fall under the classification of Japanese anime (ah-nee-may). Anime series scores thrive on minimalism and repetition, using the fewest possible pieces to create recognizable tunes that convey certain, familiar emotions throughout the show. As a result, composers must create riveting, memorable tunes, from catchy opening themes…...
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Raising Awareness of My Own Voice Through My Vocal Role Model and Non-Model
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When I chose my vocal role model and non-model, I carefully considered the individual's vocal execution. I chose Kerry Washington as my vocal role model and Cardi B, as my non- model. I listen to both of them often and I feel like I can effectively express my opinion on each of them Kerry Washington is a renowned American actress; most known for her leading role in the ABC drama, Scandal. Cardi B is a Dominican singer, songwriter, and dancer…...
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The Different Stereotypes for Metalheads in Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey, a Documentary by Sam Dunn
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Metalheads (fans of the musical genre metal) has been, and still is, portrayed as satanic, death-glorifying, and violent in media since the beginning of the metal genre. These portrayals have been caused by different news stories of rape. murder. and suicide where the criminal (or victim in the suicide case) is said to have listened to metal music, usually the sub-genre "black metal," and blame the genre’s lyrics and singer of sounding demonic. encouraging people to commit crimes of rape.…...
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Are You Influenced: How Jimi Hendrix Influenced Modern Music 
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Jimi Hendrix, born James Marshall Hendrix, was a singer and songwriter, and most notably a guitarist. Hendrix began his career in music by playing guitar for other bands. Later on, he helped form the Jimi Hendrix Experience in which he was the singer and guitarist. Jimi had a large impact on music during his short career in the 1960s. He influenced later musicians, changed the sound of guitars in music, and had an impact on the techniques that later guitarists…...
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Rock & Roll History
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In the 1950s, a new genre of music started to form called Rock’n’Roll. Rock’n’Roll is a Huge part of American Culture because it gave people the confidence to share their ideas along with sharing how they feel during that period. Some Bands, their songs were about rebelling against the government or rebelling against the government's ideas. The Government did not like this because people started believing in their ideas about freedom, which in some cases caused more rebellion. Throughout the…...
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Musical Drug
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1967 or ‘The Summer of Love influenced the music industry that leaped off from hallucinogenic drugs and rebellious-hearted artists, to derange audiences’ senses to create a psychedelic adventure. This progression of rock spread largely in America and the UK, creating a sliver of the soul to the movement of ‘The Summer of Love, where young people flocked to music for hippie spirituals and to rebel from their parent’s conservative lifestyle. The English rock band Pink Floyd charmed listeners with their…...
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A Comparison between the Versions of the Song I Will Always Love You by Dolly Parton, Whitney Huston, and Jennifer Hudson
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Scan a Song Project I chose Dolly Parton's I Will Always Love You to scan and try to decipher. While doing this project, I saw way more differences than I saw similarities. That being said, there still was a similarity or two. One thing I found the same was that the breaks between words and line breaks, in general, are the same. I was kind of shocked and confused at how that was seeing as how each cover was so different…...
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The Best Musical Instrument Insurance Companies
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Musical Instruments can be a serious investment. They can have tremendous. In today’s market, you can (and people do) get insurance for pretty much anything, musical instruments included. So, there is no surprise in professional musicians getting more and more into ensuring their instruments, because the risks of breaking or damaging your instrument, especially if it’s extremely valuable, are just too high for a normal musician to bear. First, you can’t work without your main instrument and secondly the instrument…...
About Mac Miller: Album Swimming And Others
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Since the dawn of music, substance use and abuse have consistently been a hot topic of discussion amongst all genres of music, especially hip hop. Most lyrics have paid tribute to substance use and their blissful affects, emphasizing euphoric feelings and unique experiences. Other lyrics have expressed distress about the negative consequences that comes with drug use, such as addiction, and even death. While some musicians advocate the use of drugs, most usually show concern for substance abuse and the…...
My Research Related To American Black Culture And Rich African Musical Heritage
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I am interested in researching African history, American Black culture and music in the United States of America. I am specifically interested in exploring how human trafficked Africans shape American music. This study will conduct investigative research of the history of African traditions, while attempting to determine the impact of enslavement on American music.Characterizing the Black influence on American music in all its glory is a daunting task. Black influences are so essential to America that there would be no…...
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The Issues of the Copyright Franchise in Brett Gaylor’s RIP
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This documentary explains the copyright franchise and what the laws have cased with in the general population To better organize the video and its points, Brett Gaylor, the director of the film, divides the ideas and the point of views with one side called the “CopleGHT” which stand for public corporations and the other side titled “CopyLEFT” representing the free flow of individuals’ ideas. Featured in the video is Girl Talk, an American DJ who specializes in mashups and who…...
BTS – K-pop Group
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BTS (Bangtan Sonyeondan) is one of the most popular Kpop boy groups in the market. From their amazing songs to their top-notch choreography they are everything men and women love but did you know how it all began. How did BTS become one of the most successful boy groups out there? Well, it all began with one song. BTS or Bangtan Sonyeondan is a Korean boy group under the company Big Hit Entertainment. Despite popular belief, they weren’t popular right…...
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