Music’s role on society has changed drastically through the course of its history as it has become ever so increasingly mainstream. As the Swing Era began, music was incredibly easy for any such group of people to listen to. As Swing grew, it “formed racially
In the world today, music has become a big influence on everyone. With the power of music, each person has the ability to accomplish goals even if the music is country or rap. Most people believe that music can change a person’s mood or behavior which is true. Without music people could not control the way they act. Most music has the power to affect a person’s mood and other music can get them out of control. If music did not exist the world would be tedious. Without having music, people would not be able to motivate their moods. With the magic of music all people tend to have clear minds and better spirits. Music has the ability to put a smile on their face and a special song in their hearts. Even though most people feel confident about a special song, this can change their mind about how country music is better than rap music.
African American influence in music has been an ever present and controversial subject in American history. Stemming from many different cultures, religions and backgrounds, large portions of American music was introduced by, and credited to African Americans. Although in many cases, this music was used for entertainment by the masses or majority, contrary to popular belief, black music served a greater purpose than just recreation. Dating all the way back to the beginning of slavery in the U.S. during the 17th century, music has been used to make a statement and send a message. As African American music progressed over the years, there were common themes expressed as the genres evolved. It has been an open letter to the world, documenting and protesting the ongoing oppression faced by blacks in the United States, as well as an outlet for frustration. For many African Americans, the music gave them the only voice that couldn’t be silenced by their oppressors.
Music is a very powerful expression of emotions that come together as a whole to morph your psychological feelings into a sub-reality vision. Over the many years, history has been able to capture the moments at which music has made an impact on human lives. We can start with Manu Chao the artist that sings about left-wing messages and portrays his concerts as “collective therapy”. Or Juan Gabriel the young man that rose out of poverty to become the world’s most beloved artist/songwriter and whose music carried a resonate flamboyant style. Music is a way of communication that is used in many realms such as entertainment, tradition religion and sporting events. So far this semester, Chic 316 has influenced me to seek a more coherent relationship
Music has always been an influence in everyday life for every race and ethnicity since the beginning of time. As the human race evolved, so has the musical landscape. Music in the past was used to tell stories and express significant events, but todays musicians still portray everyday life in their music. Since the emergence of hip hop in the early seventies in New York, it allowed the voices of Blacks and Hispanics to express their daily struggles through music. That’s why hip hop plays a key part in many peoples’ everyday lives because it gives them a way to express how they feel and the circumstances they are in.
Music in the western society is viewed as a separate commodity. Although American music attempts to convey messages and make changes in the society, it is not a highly essential part of their lives. On the other hand, African music is a natural expression of the identity and social values of people in Africa. Music is a cultural activity within the African communities that help people live together and communicate the major values of their social units. It is a tool that explains their existences and adds meaning to their lives.
One must understand that even though our music has a lot of pain and hardship behind it, it is not meant to be kept to ourselves in any way. Music speaks truth and life for all and could even possibly help those in need. Other cultures should fulfill their wishes of arranging, performing, or even composing music derived from the African Diaspora, but know the difference between appropriation and appreciation.
One of the primary purposes of music, as it is a major part of culture, is to buld community cohesion. There have been times during history, especially with the creation and rise of nations, along with war and tragedy, that people have turned to music for comfort, inspiration, and increase in pride for their country. Music has great symbolism behind it that can correlate to one's community and can inspire grand emotions.
Music is everywhere in society today – most people listen to music while they work1, or turn on the radio in the car, and of course, most popular pubs will have a live band playing on busy nights. Music permeates our everyday lives, both the individual and the collective. Despite this, music and the arts are derided as “not contributing to society” by many people. Music is viewed as a hobby – something to engage in, but not worth pursuing as an end goal. Like many other creative industries, its cultural and social importance is side-lined in favor of industries that produce more concrete societal contributions.
Music is a part of the American culture that has been around for many years. It allows American’s to express themselves and share their talents with others. Every genre of music is a reflection of the previous one, allowing there to be multiple divisions of the music world. Halfway through the 19th century, music took a different route becoming the start of something new. By the 1960s, R&B, Hip-Hop, and Rap evolved in the American culture by presenting music that covers creativity, inner thoughts, and feelings about society.
Music Brings us Together. The article argues that in a world full of negative and divided messages, music has a chance
Recently I attended a family gathering to celebrate my brother 's 25th birthday. Ignoring the fact that my grandma could hear, as guest started to arrive, I played more up to date music. Yes, every other word was "nigga" this and "bitch" that but the base but dumping so everyone seemed to be having a good time. That is until I notice everyone was separated. Because I don’t allow my kids to listen to most of the current music on the radio, they were in one area of the house and because the elders refuse to listen they were in another . For centuries music has played an impacting role in building relationships between person to person, families, and communities; but something has changed. What happened ? The two writers, John Blake author of " Where is the Love in R&B Music" and Michelle Alexander author of The New Jim Crow, provide a critical perspective on contemporary black music. Blake believe that black music has somewhere down the line lost its soul and consist of narcissistic artist; whereas, Alexander argues that "Ganger rap" music is degrades woman and compares much of it to minstrel shows of the 19th century. Thou I may not support all of Blake 's reasoning, I do agree with both writers in that contemporary black music has changed for the worst.
Transcending individual differences, music in Africa has proved to be more than just a collection of notes and the production of sounds. Throughout this past semester, Professor B drew materials from West, East and South Africa to demonstrate the powerful ability of music to bring and bind people together. Consistently exemplified throughout African history, music has served as the unifying link between generations. In the documentary, Inanga: A Song of Survival in Daughter’s Rwanda, a family’s dedication to the preservation of the inanga instrument is explored against the backdrop of the Rwandan genocide. Deeply embedded in history, tradition and culture, inanga reveals the primary function of music in Africa. Though it is an instrument specific to Rwanda, it shares many similarities to variety of instruments scattered across the continent. This certainly emphasizes the undeniable function of African music in sustaining unique cultural practices.
Although some may suggest music can only serve for entertainment, music imposes a direct impact on the ideals and actions of today’s culture. In the past, the music of a culture greatly impacts the people and speaks what the people felt afraid to express. Different types of music reach different areas of the human brain, thus affecting the way people act in various ways. Music possesses such a deep impact on human brains it affects the way we act and process different situations we go through. Although music can serve entertainment purposes it affects our brains and actions deeply.