Let’s face it. Music touches us. It brings about all kinds of emotions. People choose to play musical instruments because music has made some sort of impression on them. They want to be a part of that feeling themselves and be the one to cause those emotions. I know this is true for me. I begged for “Guitar Hero” when I was little because I wanted to be like those famous rock bands. I loved playing that toy guitar. I even moved up from Guitar Hero to Rock Band, and my entire family joined in. Me on the guitar, Mom on the drums, and my sister at the microphone. It was awesome!!! After I got older, I thought it would be cool to have a real electric guitar and learn to play. At that time, I was going through a phase where I listened to bands such as Slipknot and Metallica. I thought I would learn to play and be as good as them. I quickly found out that it took dedication. Something I wasn’t ready to do yet. Recently, I have picked up my mother’s guitar. I am picking out a few notes here and there, but have decided that it might be best for me to just let the professionals entertain me.
This is a picture of my mother and fellow teachers at their school performing “Thriller” for their students.
When you think of Hip Hop or Pop, the first person you think of should be Michael Jackson. I was introduced Michael Jackson for the first time when I was around five or six years old. I found this old cassette tape of my mom’s in a box with a bunch of other stuff. Before I continue, I must say that I owe all my “love of music” to my mother. Anyway, the cassette tape was actually one my mother had made back in 1980. One side had Michael Jackson and the other Barry Manilow. I will let you guess which side I liked best. The cassette was full of his songs from the 70’s. The one that I liked was, “She’s Out of My Life” and “Shake Your Body Down To The Ground”. Of course whenever I listened to the tape, I would get to hear lots of reminiscing from my mom. Michael Jackson was born on August 29, 1958, in Gary, Indiana. He was not only a childhood star, but he was a star his whole life. Michael sold over 750 million albums and counting. Jackson was an amazing and talented singer and dancer. Teenagers and young adults strive to copy his dance moves. On June 25, 2009 Michael Jackson died being known as the “King of Pop”. Even though he is no longer with us, thousands of albums still sell each year, with “Thriller” still being the best selling album of all time.
Writing about music has got me to thinking. I know that music has existed from the beginning of time, but why play it at weddings, funerals, dates, and other events? I think it is because listening to music evokes certain feelings, depending on the type of music being played. For example, since weddings are a time to celebrate, then music is used to help us to feel the emotion of happiness. I have only been to one funeral in my life. My friend’s favorite song was played, which brought a smile to everyone’s face, and then there were slower, more emotional ones. I think this allowed the people his friends and family to think about the past that was spent with him. My sister loves it when her fiancé dances her around their apartment, while they listen to music. Music brings people together too! Friends listen together and share music. If it’s good enough to bring out different emotions in one person, why not have a gathering of any type and have everyone share in that emotion?
Since I talked about a few different genres of music during my last blog, I thought it would be fun to blog about some different musicians that are, personally, my favorite. I am a “BIG” AC/DC fan. I guess I would have to say that my parents introduced me to this group. I can’t tell you how many times, as a kid, I would hear my mother’s favorite, “You Shook Me All Night Long”, blasting while she cleaned the house. I must add though, that both she and my dad would skip over some of the songs. Counting sold-out concert tours and global sales totaling more than 200 million albums and counting, AC/DC is by far one of the best Rock and Roll artists of all time. This Australian hard rock band, formed in November 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young, and they are still playing and singing today. I believe that hearing them from when I was a little kid and continuing to the present has made me a true fan. One of the band’s biggest hits, (that everyone seems to know)”Back in Black”, sold over 22 million copies in the United States. Personally I think Rock and Roll wouldn’t be what it is without AC/DC, and as long as they are still going, rock and roll will never die!
Music is something I cannot imagine my life without. I, as well as the rest of society, listen to music as a way to express my emotions, thoughts and feelings. It’s obvious that since people are all different, that they would also have different tastes in the music they listen to. Have you ever thought about how many different types of music there is? You may have never thought about it, but there are over 100 genres to choose from. The music genre that has been forgotten about for the past couple of years has been Alternative music. Alternative music emerged in the 1980s and became widely popular in the 1990s. This genre is characterized by bands who have a “do-it-yourself” or non-conformist attitude. This music consists of Punk, Hard Rock, Indie Rock and more. Hip Hop is another genre that became extremely popular in the 80’s and 90’s. It was considered the “backing” for Rap. In the last few years, Rap has been “all the craze” with young adults and teenagers. However, not all people approve of Rap. I will blog about this later. I feel I must mention Country music, because I actually listened to this on the way to grade school each day with my mother. This genre originated in the rural regions of the Southern U. S. in the 1920s. It mainly consists of ballads and dance tunes with harmonies accompanied by instruments such as banjos, acoustic guitars and fiddles. I finally want to mention a type of music that everyone knows about. Dance music is played almost anywhere, and is played for mainly one thing…to dance. Dubstep, Garage, and Techno are very popular in dance music and is helping all other types of music get noticed. I have mentioned just a few genres of music , but I only wanted tO talk about the ones I am most familiar with. With so many different types to choose from, you can easily find a genre to fit your personal preference.
In 1877 inventor Thomas Edison invented the phonograph record machine which allowed you to record two minutes of sound. From 1900 to the mid late 1950’s record players became the most popular way you could listen to music. It allowed you to play 78, 45, and 33 RPM records. This enabled the listener to hear a total of about an hour of music. The stereo made way in the 1960’s which enabled sound to be issued by different speakers. This made listing to music in your car possible. The 8 track tape (invented in 1963) was most commonly used in cars, making it possible to listen to your favorite artist on the go. Only one year later the audio cassette found its way into portable players and in cars. The audio cassette was used for almost 20 years until the CD (compact disc), with its laser beam technology, was invented in 1980. The CD is still used today because of its numerous advantages over its competitors. Finally just 12 years ago the iPod was created. This made way for all new ways you can listen to music and download CD’s. Technology is advancing everyday and making it easier to invent new ways to listen to music, who knows how we will listen to music next.