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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, 08:29:16 pm
I find that music like many things in life is something that you cannot argue about. No one will ever fully have the same preference that you have. I honestly go from Andrea Bocelli, to Underoath, to NWA, and then down and dirty classic Clutch. good music is what moves you, not what moves others.
2  General Discussion / The Best Music Ever Written / Re: The Beatles: Great band or greatest band!? on: June 17, 2010, 08:26:56 pm
The way that I view music is how it touches people. The Beatles have touched people in ways that artist today only dream about, I would have to say that the Beatles are the best band that I have ever had the pleasure to listen to.
3  In-Class Critiques / MUL2380 / Re: In-Class Critique #3 on: June 17, 2010, 08:04:18 pm
It isn't where you came from, it's where you're going that counts.

—Ella Fitzgerald

A phrase that I cannot agree with more. Myself with a background of experience way out in left field Musicals and Opera and then over in right field I also have experience in rock and pop I have found myself to have a new understanding and enjoyment of jazz. In this critique I only really enjoyed one of the pieces and that was New Shoes. The tempo was moderate, I really enjoyed the mix of it everything seemed to be placed nicely and no frequencies were clashing. It was such a refreshing change compared to what we used to listen to in class the guitars, keyboard, and the sax were just great.  It was something that I could really vibe to. I would love to record a group like this it really inspires me. In the other two pieces Portrait of Tracy I honestly have never enjoyed bass guitar played like that. The only person that can do a bass solo in that form would have to be Victor Wooten, yeah it was a good song, good technique I suppose but I just didn't feel it. The song Latin Dance was just too stereotypical for me, the song title, the composition itself...I didn't really enjoy it at all. What I did enjoy was the opportunity to take this class and have such a good teacher who was really passionate about what he was teaching. Thank you for taking your time to give us such a great semester.
4  In-Class Critiques / MUL2380 / Re: In-Class Critique #1 on: May 18, 2010, 10:20:25 am
           Jazz is... One of life's greatest gifts: fun found within surprise. The in-class listening was enjoyable seeing as we heard of the greatest jazz artist Duke Ellington, along with a piece by Hoagy Carmichael, and Jelly Roll Morton. The first piece I would like talk about is Cotton Tail by Duke Ellington, the song format that I had heard was hook, improvisation, and then the hook again followed by an outro of improve. The tempo was allegro, had swing, and the role of the bass and drums were steady and had a walking bass line constantly moving the piece forward. The music is very dancy and I personally enjoyed it because it reminded me of when jazz was king. The second piece which we heard was Georgia On My Mind by Hoagy Carmichael. The format that I had heard was AABA, and the tempo was adagio. This song had no improvisation as far as I could tell, mostly because whenever I hear it the sax usually does the same thing so I’m guessing it’s written in the score. It had the swing feel, and the bass and drums for this piece were meant to move it forward and keep it moving. The song made me feel reflective thinking about my past, my present, and it had me thinking of where I’m going. I enjoyed this piece because I felt that there was a lot of care in the sound and I didn’t hear any mess ups and it was recorded fairly well. The last piece we heard was Black Bottom Stomp by Jelly Roll Morton. I couldn’t pick up on the format of the song but the tempo was moderato. The piece honestly made me think of the black and white teli with no sound and a honky dory theme. It felt more comical than anything mostly because that type of music has been used a lot in comical situations on the teli. I think my favourite of them all had to have been Cotton Tail by the Duke mostly because it’s Duke Ellington how can you not enjoy him? As Almad Alaadeen said “Jazz does not belong to one race or culture, but is a gift that America has given the world.”

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