• Where Did the Blues Come From? Origins of the Blues Music Genre

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    The blues is a musical form that came from within the Deep South in the late 1800s after the civil war; especially Mississippi, Texas, and Louisiana. Although the origins of the blues genre are as American as you can get, its roots are steeped in tragedy, thus how the style got its name. Slavery and the Blues Hundreds of years […]

  • The Gift of Music for Health and Healing

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    Music is all around us in many forms. In nature, we hear birds singing, a brook babbling, crickets and frogs chirping in harmony. If you listen carefully, rain falling on a roof can sound like planned rhythm. Music has existed for as long as man, perhaps even before. In ancient times, people gathered around to sing and accompanied their songs […]

  • Top Music Genres and Their Origins

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    There are now over 1,700 sub-genres of music after the proliferation in the 20th century. New sub-genres are usually based on existing ones and created by mixing or modifying them. There are way too many genres to list them all here, but let’s look at the nine most popular music genres, their history, and their classification. What is a Music […]

  • The History of Hip Hop

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    Today, Hip Hop music is one of the most popular genres, loved by young and old alike. Have you ever wondered how it started? Well, it’s quite a tale. Keep reading to discover what we learned. The Hip Hop music genre, sometimes called rap, hasn’t been around that long. Yet, its popularity grew fast due to technology and the internet, […]

Where Did the Blues Come From? Origins of the Blues Music Genre

The blues is a musical form that came from within the Deep South in the late 1800s after the civil war; especially Mississippi, Texas, and Louisiana. Although the origins of the blues genre are as American as you can get, its roots are steeped in tragedy, thus how the style got its name. Slavery and the Blues Hundreds of years of slavery brought field hollers, spirituals and work songs with it. African American’s expressed their sufferings and hope through music that became known as the blues. It’s generally known that the blues came from old African forms of music combined with the styles of country dance and revivalist hymns. Unfortunately, most of the earliest forms of it went to the graves with the first slaves and sharecroppers. Back in those days, it was not possible to record it for all of posterity. The earliest recorded forms of the blues that we have are from the 1920s. If you’re interested in hearing some, look for artists like: Leadbelly Charlie Patton Son House Blind Lemon Jefferson The Blues Goes Mainstream A man named W.C. Handy helped raise public awareness of the blues genre in 1912. He transcribed and published sheet music for...

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The Gift of Music for Health and Healing

Music is all around us in many forms. In nature, we hear birds singing, a brook babbling, crickets and frogs chirping in harmony. If you listen carefully, rain falling on a roof can sound like planned rhythm. Music has existed for as long as man, perhaps even before. In ancient times, people gathered around to sing and accompanied their songs with clapping, using their bodies as instruments. Music, in all its glorious variety, is still a fundamental part of every culture in the world, including tribal groups which are isolated from the rest of society. In fact, in some places, musicians are elevated to god-like status. But why is it so important that it seems ingrained into our very being? Music is influential on our brains and many of its cognitive functions. Brain health, intelligence, mood, learning, focus and age are all improved through music. It is a gift for our well-being. Music sensibility is as fundamental to humans as language is. Music and the Brain Scientists say that music stimulates more of our brain than anything else. It has the power to change the structure of the brain through a process called epigenetics. In fact, the brains of musicians...

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Top Music Genres and Their Origins

There are now over 1,700 sub-genres of music after the proliferation in the 20th century. New sub-genres are usually based on existing ones and created by mixing or modifying them. There are way too many genres to list them all here, but let’s look at the nine most popular music genres, their history, and their classification. What is a Music Genre? A genre is a way to categorize music according to a particular set of conventions or traditions. It is not the same as musical style or form. Music genres have three variables which define it: Valence: The emotional feeling of the song. Arousal: The energy level of the song. Depth: The songs emotional depth level. Keep in mind that music genres often overlap. Since music is a creative field, genre classifications are subjective depending on the listener as well. Not everyone will have the same reaction to a given song. And without further ado, here’s the list of the top nine genres in popular music: Blues The blues originated in the deep south with African Americans. Deep and soulful sounds and enchanting lyrics capture the attention of the audience. Year of the genre’s conception can be placed at around...

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The History of Hip Hop

Today, Hip Hop music is one of the most popular genres, loved by young and old alike. Have you ever wondered how it started? Well, it’s quite a tale. Keep reading to discover what we learned. The Hip Hop music genre, sometimes called rap, hasn’t been around that long. Yet, its popularity grew fast due to technology and the internet, giving it worldwide exposure. Party in the Bronx A young lady from the Bronx planned a back to school party for her friends. The party went off at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue, Bronx, New York in the recreation room of an apartment building. Like most teenagers, Cindy wanted to throw a party to remember. She had an advantage over other party-throwers at that time, her brother Clive Campbell, who called himself DJ Kool Herc. During the party on August 11, 1973, DJ Kool Herc decided to extend one of the rhythm back beats during a song so that the kids could dance longer. He noticed that it was during these extended beat breaks that most people liked to dance, often pulling off their “special moves.” On that day, it was James Brown’s song, “Give it Up or Turn it a Loose”...

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