Rhythm & blues emerged from the African American community in the late 1940s to become the driving force in American popular music over the next half-century. Although sometimes called ´´doo-wop´´, ´´soul´´, ´´funk´´, ´´urban contemporary´´, or ´´hip-hop´´, R&B is actually an umbrella category that includes all of these styles and genres. It is in fact a modern-day incarnation of a musical tradition that stretches back to 19th-century America, and even further to African beginnings. The New Blue Music: Changes in Rhythm & Blues, 1950-1999 traces the development of R&B from 1950 to 1999 by closely analyzing the top 25 songs of each decade. The music of artists as wide-ranging as Louis Jordan; John Lee Hooker; Ray Charles; James Brown; Earth, Wind & Fire; Michael Jackson; Public Enemy; Mariah Carey; and Usher takes center stage as the author illustrates how R&B has not only retained its traditional core style, but has also experienced a ´´re-Africanization´´ over time. By investigating musical elements of form, style, and content in R&B - and offering numerous musical examples - the book shows the connection between R&B and other forms of American popular and religious music, such as spirituals, ragtime, blues, jazz, country, gospel, and rock ´n´ roll. With this evidence in hand, the author hypothesizes the existence of an even larger musical ´´super-genre´´ which he labels ´´The New Blue Music´´. Richard J. Ripani is a faculty member at Hume-Fogg Academic High School in Nashville, Tennessee. He is also a professional musician and songwriter in Nashville, performing with artists such as Ronnie Milsap, Ronnie McDowell, the Kentucky Headhunters, and Lee Greenwood. He has worked on numerous national television programs and earned gold and platinum records. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kenneth Lee. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/003714/bk_acx0_003714_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
What is music? How is it constructed? How is it consumed? Why do you enjoy it at all? In Music: A Very Short plays Introduction, Nicholas Cook invites us to really think about music and the role it plays in our lives and our ears. Drawing on a number of accessible examples, the author prompts us to call on our own musical experiences in order to think more critically about the roles of the performers and the listener, about music as a commodity and an experience, what it means to understand music, and the values we ascribe to it.This very short introduction, written with both humor and flair, begins with a sampling of music as human activity and then goes on to consider the slippery phenomenon of how music has become an object of thought. Covering not only Western and classical music, Cook touches on all types from rock to Indonesian music and beyond. Incorporating musical forms from every continent, Music will make enjoyable reading for beginner and expert alike. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Suzanne Toren. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/000906/bk_adbl_000906_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
What does classical music mean to the Western world? How has it transformed over the centuries? What relevance does it have today? Julian Johnson inspires readers to explore over 1,000 years of music and examines how music is related to some of the big ideas of Western experience, including spirituality, emotion, the weight of history, and self-identity. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Geoff Ridden. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/boli/001153/bk_boli_001153_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A meditation on music as a non-sensory experience. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ben Tyler. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/097955/bk_acx0_097955_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Have you ever wondered how great musicians get that way? Would you like to get more practicing done in less time and grow your talent to the highest level possible? Berklee-degreed 30-year veteran musician/instructor Stan Munslow has culled together six powerful, proven practice strategies used by the world´s top players that will give you a lifetime of life smarts that will save you countless hours of time no matter what style of music you play or what level you´re at. Even school band musicians will benefit from these easy-to-follow techniques. Stan Munslow is a Rhode Island-based musician, writer, and instructor with over 25 years´ experience both onstage and backstage. He holds a BM from Berklee College of Music and has been leading musicians, professional and amateur alike, onto the stage since 1981. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stan Munslow. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/live/000561/bk_live_000561_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
As early as 1954, a new style of music - a combination of country and rhythm and blues - was unfolding. To the parents of teenagers, it was worrisome, perhaps even evil. In this collection of original recordings from interviews and press conferences, artists talk about the early years of rock ´n´ roll, their challenges, and their successes. Includes legendary moments from Bill Haley; Carl Perkins; Elvis Presley; Frankie Laine; Ricky Nelson; Roy Orbison; Sam Phillips; Gene Vincent; Jerry Lee Lewisl Paul Anka; Little Richard; Bobby Darin; Buddy Holly; Chuck Berry; Frankie Avalon; Sammy Davis, Jr.; James Brown; Johnny Cash; the Beatles; Jim Morrison; Jimi Hendrix; and John Lennon. 1. Language: English. Narrator: full cast. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/008552/bk_blak_008552_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
So, you´re a music teacher. Or perhaps you are an administrator hoping to start a music program at your school. Maybe your program is running, but you have no idea how to drive it, give it a long vision and productive implementation. Is it working? Is it doing what it should be doing? What is that goal in the first place? Or maybe you are a parent, wondering how to put your child or yourself on the path to music literacy. This book is for you. Once a culture restores the priority of training its people in music, the task shifts to finding what type of instruction should be present in formal school education. In this book, you will find practical help in answer to this search and so much more: Music as a language Four principles for music literacy Common pitfalls in music training Music making vs. music history The teacher as curriculum It´s time to revive robust music training again, training that imparts great skill modeled after the Triune God who authored all truth, goodness and beauty. Whatever your role in this endeavor, this book will offer tools to again bring musicians like Bach to the Future. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jarrod Richey. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/083100/bk_acx0_083100_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Music is a performative art. It stresses movement through time and engages our suggestive sense of its passing. Music has tendency, it normally invokes goals of various sorts, both near and far. Music has closure, a sensation not just of ending, but of expecting no more. Music also has accent. It is a dynamic process of stresses and nuance that often varies in dimension from one performance to the next. This course is not designed as a chronological survey of musical history and its many stylistic periods or moments, nor an exploration of the lives and output of individual composers. Instead, these lectures focus on the development of listening skills. Through this course you will develop new levels of aural awareness that will allow you to better appreciate the richness, complexity and excitement at the heart of all great concert music.PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Richard Freedman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/002179/bk_reco_002179_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Exploring American Folk Music: Ethnic, Grassroots, and Regional Traditions in the United States reflects the fascinating diversity of regional and grassroots music in the United States. The book covers the diverse strains of American folk music - Latin, Native American, African, French-Canadian, British, and Cajun - and offers a chronology of the development of folk music in the United States. A chapter includes detailed information about the roots of hip hop. Exploring American Folk Music also introduces you to such important figures in American music as Bob Wills, Lydia Mendoza, Bob Dylan, and Muddy Waters, who helped shape what America sounds like in the 21st century. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Rene Zuzel. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/025958/bk_acx0_025958_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.