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Blog Post 8 Nirvana

By admin on Oct 21, 2015 in Music History Blogs - 0 Comments

Nirvana & Style

I chose Nirvana for this blog. They are basically the poster child of the entire “Grunge” Era. After Kurt Cobain’s death they changed Grunge into indie/alternative rock. Their style is of their own Kurt’s raspy voice and singing about his past, addiction, problems with wife etc.

Characteristics

Kurt Cobain’s unique vocals which has not been mimic’d, as well as the style of playing of bass, and guitar riffs. It’s more like pop rock grunge, bubble gum type characteristics.

Impression

I grew up listening to a lot of Nirvana. I thought myself how to play bass before guitar and the song “Come as you are” was the first bass riff I learned. All of Nirvana’s songs are continued to  be heard to this day which shows just iconic the band really was. One of my favorites of all time is “Heartshaped Box”

Nirvana vs Pearl Jam

Though Pearl Jam has a lot of the grungy sound Nirvana has they are still not the same compared to Nirvana and Kurt Cobain. The vocals are irreplaceable in Nirvana and could not be replicated.

Conclusion

Nirvana is by far the most well known starter of the Grunge rock era! They are the stepping stone that started the movement which opened doors for many other great and talented acts to follow suite, bringing their own style to the table.

References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nirvana

Blog Post 7 MC Hammer

By admin on Oct 21, 2015 in Music History Blogs - 1 Comment

MC Hammer & Style

I Chose MC Hammer for this weeks post. MC Hammer was  a hip hop artist of the 80’s and 90’s and most known for his flashy dance moves and his two hit singles ” U Can’t  Touch This” and “2 Legit 2 quit” His ability to put on an outstanding show and entertain the vast audience is what made MC Hammer the hip hop Icon he is today!

Characteristics

One of his characteristics would be his ability to dance with his choreographed steps. and second would be his ability to put on an outstanding show for the crowds. His music was very upbeat and kept the party going but people were more interested in seeing him dance.

Impression

I felt both singles were very good at the time I heard them. I was in I believe fourth or fifth grade. At the time no one really has been exposed to the awesome choreographed steps MC Hammer would throw down on his performances which made him very entertaining.

MC Hammer vs Vanilla Ice

I Chose to compare the two because during my younger years fourth or fifth grade time frame, we would always argue who was better rapper/ entertainer. I believe MC Hammer was way better at what he did than vanilla ice and thought vanilla ice was quite corny. Though I respect Vanilla Ice for making that one hit he sampled, I just don’t really care for him.

Conclusion

MC Hammer won in the debate always because at the time no one could master his dance moves and showmanship at the time.

References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MC_Hammer

 

Multimedia Presentation 4

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Vocals: Marvin Gaye

Rhythm Section: The Miles Davis Second Great Quintet

Fantasy Band Project Prezi Link

Blog Post 6 The SugarHill Gang

By admin on Oct 19, 2015 in Music History Blogs - 0 Comments

The SugarHill Gang

I chose The SugarHill Gang for this blog post with their hit song “Rappers Delight” The bass line in this track has been used re used again and again. I want to say one of the most copied bass lines to date.

Style

  The SugarHill Gang is  a Rap Group from New Jersey. They used instrumentals from the  single Good Times by Chic. They only had one hit in America after rappers delight they didn’t manage to make it on the US charts again.

Characteristics

The three artists got together to establish the SugarHill Gang and their own record label. They managed to get another hit out on the European charts after “Rappers Delight” but their career was not very long to say the least.

Impression

When I first heard the song “Rappers Delight” I heard it in a playstation game called Thrasher which was a skateboarding game and fell in love with the track ever since. It had it’s own up beat style to it with that repetitive bass line that many still use today. I didn’t really hear much else when it came to their music except for that one single that they were known for. Rappers Delight was my favorite song on the game though so I would try to keep it on repeat.

The SugarHill Gang vs Chic

The SugarHill Gang used the instrumental from Chic’s Good Times to make Rappers Delight. Though both songs are good in their time, I feel The SugarHill Gang did an excellent job as one of the earlier rap groups of their time with a song that is played to this day

Conclusion

My conclusion is that SugarHill Gang was one of those “One Hit Wonder” kind of groups due to my research on their career. Still a song that will be played on for decades and decades to come with the bass line in constant rotation.

References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sugarhill_Gang

Blog Post 5 Tears for Fears

By admin on Oct 18, 2015 in Music History Blogs - 2 Comments

Tears for Fears & Their Style

 I chose the band Tears for Fears for my fifth blog due to the song “Mad World”. They are a British born band, The song was their third single and first chart hit. They are an English Pop/Rock Band and part of the second British invasion.

Characteristics

Two characteristics is the style they play and introductory to using a lot of  synths in the creation of the later albums. They later changed more into Rock Pop.

Impression

The song Mad World was one that left an Impression due to the vast number of covers that have been recreated. Though they were the originators and writers I prefer the slower tempo version the lyrics suite that style much better.

Tears for Fears vs Peter Hollens

I chose to compare Tears for Fears vs Peter Hollens due to his version of “Mad World” As Tears for Fears version is more uptempo rock style still a good piece. I prefer Peter Hollens version better due to the slow tempo and use of choirs. Brings out a better emotional feel to the song.

Conclusion

I respect Tears For Fears original product “Mad World” and enjoy the song though I feel as though Peter Hollens nailed it with his slow tempo euphoric version with Choirs sining.

References 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tears_for_Fears

 

Multimedia Presentation Brian Eno

By admin on Oct 14, 2015 in Music History Blogs - 0 Comments

Prezi

Brian Eno Multimedia Presentation

Click the Prezi link to view the presentation.

Grammy Award Winners Assignment

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Prezi Link

Blog 4 Bob Marley

By admin on Oct 05, 2015 in Music History Blogs , News - 2 Comments

Bob Marley & Style

Bob Marley Singer, Songwriter, was born Feb 6th 1945 in St. Ann Parish Jamaica. He formed his first band “The Wailers” in 1963 and also served as a world ambassador for the reggae community. He has had tremendous success through out his career selling more than 20 million records. Many say he was the first Superstar to come from the  so called “Third World”. Bob lived in Trench Town a very poor neighborhood.  He worked under the guidance of Joe Higgs and Improved his singing techniques drastically. His style is the sound of the Caribbean, very upbeat positive vibe sounding bass lines. Very soothing to the soul.

Characteristics 

Two characteristics of Bob Marley per the article would be 1. He didn’t have very much success as a solo artist. 2 He worked better together in a group hence why he got together with a group of his friend and behold the Wailing Wailers emerged! He was a very spiritual person and started exploring more in depth his spiritual side and found great interest in the Rastafarian movement.

Impression

Bob Marley’s impression has been embedded in to my soul as it has in so many other’s who enjoy great music. Two of my favorite songs is “No Women No Cry” and  “One Love” which has been featured in countless numbers of films. When you are feeling blue nothing like a little Bob Marley to cheer you up!

Bob Marley vs Eric Clapton

I chose to compare Marley and Clapton due to Eric’s cover version of “I Shot The Sheriff” in 74. Eric’s sound is completely different to Bob’s with Bob’s thick Jamaican accent and B3 Organ with an Island swing bass line. Eric’s verison is more like smooth rock. His vocals lack the Marley’s Islander dynamics and the choir’s harmony is not quite the same.

Conclusion

In conclusion Eric Clapton is a very talented musician and I respect his cover version. Though his version can’t be compared to Bob Marley’s original version. It lacks the emotional feel that Bob’s gives you through out the piece.  Bob Marley’s soul with live on as well as his music for many more years to come. He has impacted the planet in ways many artists have leaving behind his own foot steps people continue to follow.

References

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http://www.biography.com/people/bob-marley-9399524

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Shot_the_Sheriff

Blog 3 Pink Floyd

By admin on Oct 05, 2015 in Music History Blogs , News - 0 Comments

Pink Floyd & Style

Pink floyd from the UK, consists of David Gilmour on guitar and vocals, Syd Barrett on guitar and vocals, Nick Mason on the drums, Roger Waters on bass, synths and vocals, and Rick Wright on keyboards and synths. Unfortunately Syd Barret and Rick Wright have left this realm and went on to the next. Their style can never be copied. Their music is more like an “experience” with their psychedelic sound and becoming prominent during the time when psychedelic hallucinogens were being abused at an all time high. They took the rock and roll aspect to a whole new “higher level of listening”. They became one of the most influential bands to date.

Characteristics

Two characteristics that set Pink Floyd apart from any other Psychedelic group of their time is the length of there songs. Some of their tracks go for over 23 minutes. The second characteristic that sets them apart from the pack is their vast use of instruments and recording techniques, mixed with their masterminded effects to emulate many sounds from eery to air planes and helicopters dropping bombs.

Impression

Pink Floyd has left an impression on me since I first started listening to them  in Junior High. To this day I listen to them every day one of my favorite albums of all time is the “Wish You Were Here” catalog. Favorite song would have to be “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” Full version. They influence me in all my guitar and bass playing. I have even bought Pink Floyd sheet music for piano to brush up on my piano chops.

Pink Floyd vs Led Zeppelin

So choosing from the playlist given of artists it was very hard to find an act to compare to Pink Floyd. As you may already know from my previous blog post Led Zeppelin is notorious for using other artists and songwriters material and calling it their own. While Pink Floyd writes and composes all their own stuff. Led Zeppelin still has that psychedelic feel to it but more the opposite feeling you get when you listen to them. Pink Floyd is more of a journey through space and time or through your own emotional highway, Highlighting the negatives first than bringing you back to the positive vibes. Led Zeppelin is more of an angry approach with their high energy guitar licks and tempos.

Conclusion

In conclusion I enjoy both Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd. Though I would have to say Pink Floyd is my all time favorite band. They both have their place depending solely on what type of mood your feeling at the time you choose who to listen to. I can’t really say it’s a great comparison of bands but if you are a Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin fan I believe you will understand when I said Pink Floyd is more of a spiritual journey while Zeppelin is more of an angry approach to the same conclusion.

Reference

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum. (n.d.). Retrieved October 5, 2015.

https://rockhall.com/inductees/pink-floyd/bio/

Blog 2 Marvin Gaye

By admin on Oct 05, 2015 in Music History Blogs , News - 0 Comments

Marvin Gaye and his Style

Marvin Gaye is the pinnacle of Motown Records. He started that Motown sound and an Rhythm and Blues Icon. Every R & B artist that is around today has been influenced by Marvin Gaye in some way, shape, or form. He has gospel roots mixed with his own twist of soul, jazz and R & B. Was also the first to break way from the Motown’s restrictions they put on artist’s creativity.

Characteristics

Marvin played a huge role in the sound of Motown in the 60’s from being a session musician and as a solo artist with his string playing hits! His later recordings influenced Neo- Soul and Quite Storm. Fun Fact: Mobb Deep has a huge hit called “Quite Storm” maybe it was influenced by Marvin Gaye? You tell me.

Impression

With Marvin’s hit single “Let’s Get It On” I can see the gargantuan impact it cratered into today’s R n B music from the 90’s R n B music as well. Marvin in my eyes is like the R & B founding father to the Tyrese, Tank, Brian Mcknight, Neo, 112, Joedici, Jagged Edge, R-Kelly, and so many more. People still sample Marvin’s music today. Look at the Pharrell lawsuit that happened.

Compare and Contrast

Comparison to Robin Thick with the law suite of “Blurred Lines” I believed the song “Blurred Lines” sounded nothing like Marvin Gayes song but was influenced by Marvin Gaye. But with Marvin’s legendary status the courts would indefinitely side with Gaye’s family. I chose no sides in the case royalties should be paid where they are due.

Conclusions

I don’t think Robin Thick and Pharrel Williams single  “Blurred Lines” sounded anything like the subject matter presented in court. Though Pharrel said he in fact was influenced by Marvin Gaye doesn’t mean he stole the work. I choose no sides in this case. I feel if royalties and respect is due to be paid than the courts have decided the fate. Marvin Gaye will continue to live on with his love songs and influential singing style.

References

Marvin Gaye. (n.d.). Retrieved October 5, 2015.

(https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marvin_Gaye)

 

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