Hip-hop seems to have a bad case of the blues. This much is clear from a quick turn of the radio dial, or skim through of Spotify’s Rap playlists. There, artists have dominated hits by embedding depressing, dark, and melancholy lyrics into their songs. However, the perfect counter example to this trend has been released—Logic’s 1-800-273-8255 song. The song has been named after the phone number of the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, featuring Logic, Alessia Cara and Khalid, offering a completely different take on self-destruction, a cry for help, and a comforting voice on the other end of the phone willing to help. The songs cinematic music video portrays a teenage boy struggling with his sexuality, who isn’t accepted by his loved ones
Although art and music before the Enlightenment era provided an outlet for emotionally intense and dramatic performances which people looked to for entertainment, the Enlightenment period in Europe from the 16th to 18th centuries created a turning point for art and music by adding a level of complexity, a sense of balance, and by incorporating ideas from reality into the art piece which embellished the fine arts genre throughout Europe.
Throughout history, music has evolved and branched off into many different categories, each of which have distinct styles and orchestrations; there is classical music that is centuries old and today there is modern contemporary music that is often synthesized or played with electronic instruments. There are also many ways that the two styles can cross over each other; this is seen in popular music and a lot of video game music. Though many people cannot see any similarities between modern and classical music, modern music is really an evolution of classical music; the roots of modern music go back to classical era.
American scene was bubbling with different forms of music in the 1950s. The nation was blanketed by Romantic ballads of vocalists like Perry Como, Eddie Fisher, Harry Belafonte, Nat King Cole, Patti Page, Kay Starr, Teresa Brewer, Rosemary Clooney and the Andrews Sisters. Rhythm and blues music started early in the 1900s and gained popularity with variety of musicians and a record label called Motown, one of the best known labels in music history. Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, John Lee Hooker, Howlin’ Wolf and Elmore James played Mississippi Delta blues. In the south T-Bone Walker and B.B King were pioneers in the style of guitar music that combined jazz and blues. African American song writer Berry Gordy became a record producer in the
During the renaissance, Europe went through many changes politically, socially, and psychologically. Most of this change was due to the reformation of the church, and the humanist movement. The humanist movement focuses on revisiting Greek ideas, and the church supported these thinkers, artists, and musicians (Oxford). The church slowly became morphed with politics, to the point where the church was also the law. Different churches wanted to attract new patrons, so they tried to impress others through the use of art and music, and no longer just their words.
In the following decade of the 1960s Rock n’ Roll music became more accepted and began to evolve from the Rockabilly sound audiences have grown to know before to a freer sound. However, the 1960s was also the time of the infamous saying “Sex, Drugs, and Rock n’ Roll” became the reality of the newly found style of music.
The evolution of music and its ability to have multitudinous uses is what makes the notion of music unique when compared to anything else. Communication was one of the first uses of music. Utilizing music as a style of communication required the creation of complex and subtle acoustic techniques, each with the purpose of articulating a specific idea. These musical gestures developed from manipulations of the various parameters of music. When Guido D 'Arezzo first improved and reworked standard notation by adding time signatures and inventing solfege in 1000 CE, this was the beginning of music taking on the form of art. As musical advances continued many elite composers began to arise. Music was then employed as a form of expression, representing joy, sorrow, and pain. Music can also paint scenes and take the listener to distant places; however, this requires an experienced composer, who can manipulate pitch, tempo, dynamics, instrumentation, texture, and form. If the composer can exploit these properties of sound and music to paint a vivid world of emotions, he can paint a musical masterpiece. This use of musical gestures is prevalent throughout Western composition, particularly in the form of program music, “which is a piece of instrumental music, usually for symphony orchestra, that seeks to re-create in sound the events and emotions portrayed in some extra musical source: a story, a play, a historical event, an encounter with nature, or even a painting” (Wright). When
With its mid-tempo reggae flair and Lily's angelic high notes, 'Smile' makes for an interesting and pleasing track. Lily Allen's morose lyrics tell a tale of betrayal by her a guy she was involved with, as well as Lily's retribution by not taking him back. Anyone who's suffered a broken heart from someone who's mistreated you will find a certain
The history of American music begins with a fundamental process of exchange through all different social lines, where diverse cultures meet, and mix. Music has and always will be defined as sounds that are arranged in a particular pattern that are played to be meaningful and pleasurable. The chronology of music began in the Medieval period, when chanting was introduced into the Church. Music has then moved its way through many stages: renaissance, baroque, classical, romantic and leading up to 20th century American music. American 20th century music is made up of a diverse number of styles that are reflected by cultural traditions and the era’s of the past. Immigrants from Spain, France, England, Germany and Ireland all contributed and brought their own unique styles to the forefront, hence creating American music. African Americans created influential musical traditions that include rhythm and improvisation that were later combined with European traditions and other indigenous music.
Lemonade touches on many different topics but ultimately it is about her husband Jay-Z, being unfaithful. Throughout Lemonade you watch an emotion journey beginning at the first signs of infidelity in Beyonce and Jay-Zs relationship to, ultimately, her forgiveness. Each of the twelve songs in this visual album show how Beyonce gets to the point of forgiveness and show her journey and how she dealt with the situation before her. The first song of the visual album is “Pray You Can Catch Me”. When we are first introduced to Beyonce in the visual album she is in the middle of a corn field. No makeup, simple black hoodie on. She is distraught. She is saying “I'm prayin' you catch me listening," because
On the highway there is always noise. The sound of cars honking and rushing by is all I can hear. I hit the FM button on my radio. When the radio comes on, I hear a song I have never heard before. Really enjoying it, I sing along and jam out to it. The music is the soundtrack to my drive. It blocks out the sound of the highway winds and cars driving by. An hour later, I get back into my car and hear the same song. I sing along but do not jam as enthusiastically this time. After hearing that same song more than ten times in a week, I feel as if I am a movie character who is stuck in the same scene singing the same song. I am tired of hearing the instrumental of the song; I get bored of singing the melody I once enjoyed. I flip through different radio stations and hear the same old songs I always hear. Giving up on the radio, I hook up my phone to my car with Bluetooth and play my own music. I open up Spotify and hit play. Spotify makes a playlist that plays songs it thinks you will like based on what you have listened to in the past. Fresh melodies flood my car; fresh harmonies flow through my speakers. Song after song, I hear something I have never heard before. Like a lot of people, I do not buy my music. I listen to it through music streaming companies like Spotify. Streaming companies are nice because you can listen to almost any song or album for free. It saves a lot of money because songs are usually $1.29 and albums are around $12.99. This has become an