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1  General Discussion / The Best Music Ever Written / Re: What do you think are some of the good rock bands of today? on: June 17, 2010, 10:53:15 pm
The Fray
New Radicals
The Kooks
creed
Linkin Park
Incubus
One Republic
Switchfoot even though they haven't come out with anything new lately.
Kings of Leon
2  General Discussion / The Best Music Ever Written / Re: ERIC CLAPTON - TEARS IN HEAVEN on: June 17, 2010, 10:40:07 pm
yeah this song makes me not want to take any of my loved ones for granted. It takes me a step back to look at what i have and appreciate it that much more.
3  General Discussion / General Discussion / Re: What's your favorite Aeroemith Song on: June 12, 2010, 01:22:12 pm
Thanks Ashley! I also like Lay it down by Aerosmith. Great Song.
4  General Discussion / General Discussion / Re: I thought this song was a beautiful piece. on: June 12, 2010, 01:20:39 pm
I like Kate Voegele's version alot too! She has a beautiful voice.
5  In-Class Critiques / MUL2380 / Re: In-Class Critique #3 on: June 09, 2010, 01:06:29 pm
Critique # 3
New shoes
This piece was my absolute favorite. I loved the combination of the saxophone, bass, drums and keyboards. It had a jazzy/electric feel to it. The introduction started off with a medium tempo and as the song progressed the saxophone made the pitch go up and the tempo speed up. The beat was pretty consistent with a little bit of improvisation. It kind of reminded me of a Michael Jackson song because the tune was very catchy, upbeat and left a lasting impression on me.

Portrait of Tracy
This piece was too dull for me. The tempo was too slow for my taste and the combination of the electric bass and piano didn’t sound complete. I felt like it was missing something. It didn’t move me like previous pieces because I like to hear something catchier with more instruments or with a steady beat that appeals to my senses.
 
Latin Dance   
This piece had a lot going on in it with the piano, saxophones, bass and drums. The tempo was fast with a combination of jazz and a Hispanic salsa groove to it. Some parts of the song were a little slower, especially towards the end where it sounds like they are hitting the drums with their hands.  The saxophone hits some pretty high pitches which pick up the speed throughout this song. Overall, I really enjoyed this piece, it’s really dance worthy and moving. The only thing I would change is the length of it because it’s too long. When I thought it was over, the song kept playing so that’s the only thing I would improve about this piece. Overall, it’s great!
6  General Discussion / The Best Music Ever Written / Re: The Beatles: Great band or greatest band!? on: June 08, 2010, 12:10:06 pm
The Beatles are a great band with great songs and lyrics! However, I do not think they are the greatest band. I prefer Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, AC/DC or Aerosmith.
7  General Discussion / General Discussion / What's your favorite Aeroemith Song on: June 08, 2010, 12:07:40 pm
Aerosmith is one of my favorite bands of all time and I'm going to their concert this August at the Bank Atlantic Center!  Grin I am so exited! I can't just choose one specific song that is my favorite. What's yours?
8  General Discussion / General Discussion / Re: The Radio, does it play what you want to hear, or what they want us to hear? on: June 05, 2010, 09:55:43 am
I personally dislike the radio and if a song is catchy or semi-good, they overplay which in turn makes me not like the song anymore.  I could listen to 105.9 and 93.1 though because they do play some good old rock music and that's my favorite genre of music. Y-100 though ugh, so annoying. In general today's music can't even compare or hold standards to music back then. the quality and the talent is gone. Some artists are good, but not nearly as good as older bands.
9  General Discussion / General Discussion / I thought this song was a beautiful piece. on: June 03, 2010, 08:22:43 pm
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10  In-Class Critiques / MUL2380 / Re: In-Class Critique #2 on: May 20, 2010, 09:05:38 am
Critique # 2

Billie’s Bounce
The tempo for this piece wasn’t necessarily fast, or slow. It was kind of in between. Its beat was pretty steady, and had a slight swing feel to it. I don’t think it was fast enough for swing dancing though, but it’s definitely easy on the ears. The song seems to have a lot going on in it, with the combination of a little bit of everything consisting of the piano, trumpet, Saxophone, bass and drums. I specifically like the sound of the saxophone and the piano the best. I would say those are my two favorite instruments in jazz. Overall the piece was good, not my favorite, the tune of it was just kind of bland for me, I’ve heard better. The tune of it just wasn’t’ catchy enough for me.

Stormy Weather
Let me just start off by saying how I absolutely love Billie Holiday’s voice. It’s so distinct; there is no other voice like hers. This piece had a blues feel to it, definitely not something I would dance to. It’s easy listening with a gloomy tone to it. At the same time, this song is very relaxing with the combination of the piano and saxophone/trumpet. The beat stays consistent throughout the song and it reminds me of something I would hear in an old time classic music during a scene where the man leaves the woman and she is left with nothing but her tears on a rainy day. I would probably listen to this if my boyfriend and I broke up. The words and tune convey the emotions very well. I really liked this piece, though it reminds me of my grandparents kind of music, I can enjoy it too, since I have a taste for older music anyway.

Manteca
The drums and the trumpets along with the trombones really made this piece come to life.  It’s something I could dance to because it’s very moving. I love how the role of the drums kept the beat steady and consistent, and how the trumpets enhanced the tempo throughout, yet it still had the effect of making me want to keep dancing no matter how slower it got at some parts. Its tune was very catchy and was something I really enjoyed listening to.

Rocks in my Bed
I really enjoyed the saxophone in this piece. It was pretty consistent with a slow pace and higher tempos as it got more into the song. But the beat was steady and had a jazzy blues tune to it. The vocalist also had some high pitches through the song. I also enjoyed the piano mixed with the saxophone. Those two instruments combined always make a song for me. Overall it was a good piece, easy listening.

Mumbles
This piece was definitely upbeat with a Be-Bop feel to it. It was very moving and happy. I enjoyed the vocals consisting of mumbles and the piano. The tempo was fast and made me want to dance.
11  General Discussion / The Best Music Ever Written / Today's music can't live up to older Music's standards, like Led Zeppelin, AC/DC on: May 20, 2010, 07:46:10 am
As i've gotten older, my music taste has changed alot. I mean, I truely do love music in general and I am open to a bit of everything. But I am not a fan of what I hear on the radio these days. Yeah some of it is catchy and I can listen to it when I go out dancing or in the car with friends, but the music itself, the instruments, the quality can't live up to bands like Led Zeppelin, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Guns and Roses, Bon Jovi, U2, the Beatles, and many more. It's just kind of dissapointing how there's not really one band that can be as good as music back then. Times have changed and i wonder when really good music will be re-born once again.
12  In-Class Critiques / MUL2380 / Re: In-Class Critique #1 on: May 13, 2010, 10:29:26 am
Cotton Tail
The tempo in this piece is fast. It’s pretty consistent with its beat, giving it a swing feel to it. At the same time it seems to be mixed with improvisation, making the music sound spontaneous as it approaches its finale. The piano and sax sound great together, which is what my ears mostly heard and what appealed to my senses.  I really enjoyed this song, it literally made me want to jump up and dance with its upbeat rhythm and catchy tune.

Georgia on my mind
The tempo in this piece is very slow, calm and collected. As it progresses there are a few high pitches, but its beat stays nice and steady with triplets. The combination of the piano, sax, and bass are so melodious to my ears. It’s truly a beautiful piece. It reminds me of something I would hear at dinner while drinking a glass of wine with a loved one or in an old time classic love movie like Casablanca. This piece was certainly my favorite of all three. It’s very romantic, sweet and relaxing.

Black Bottom stomp
The tempo in this piece is pretty fast with a standard form. The beat/bass is steady with a triplet subdivision giving it a swing feel to it. Its tone is very happy, pretty high pitched and it reminds me of something I would hear in a cartoon. It takes me back to my childhood when I used to watch Looney Tunes every Sunday morning.  It gives me a warm, blissful feeling. I absolutely love the sound of the sax, piano and bass altogether. It sounded divine.
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