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Duke Ellington
Duke Ellington By the time of his passing, he was considered amongst the world’s greatest composers and musicians. The French government honored him with their highest award, the Legion of Honor, while the government of the United States bestowed upon him the highest civil honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He played for the royalty and for

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“Changes” compared to “Where is the Love”
The lyrics of the songs “Changes” written and sung by 2 Pac and “Where is the Love” by the Black Eyed Peas, both have strong opinions about todays problomatic issues. Some of them being racism, war and greed. Throughout their songs the writers express there thoughts on these subjects, in both different and similar ways. Focusing more on some points

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“Like A Prayer” by Madonna
An Analysis of the Video “Like A Prayer” by Madonna

Madonna first arrived in the national popular culture in 1984 with
her song “Borderline”. She moved very quickly in the ensuing years
to make several records (many of which have gone multi-platinum)
and to take several world tours wit

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Billie Holiday
Billie Holiday was born Eleanora Fagan on April 7, 1915 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
but spent most of her poverty stricken childhood in Baltimore. Lady Day, as she was named by
Lester Young, had to overcome many tragedies in her lifetime and yet still became one of the
most popular jazz-blues vocalists of all time.

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A History Paper-Rock ‘n’ Roll
Many people and many styles of music influenced Rock and Roll. The styles included Blues, Jazz, Gospel, Bluegrass, Boogie-Woogie, and Rockabilly. Each was a major factor into the introduction of a new style of music called Rock ‘N’ Roll.
Popular music places a premium on accessibility, represents various meanings to boost both instant appe

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A Musician’s Passion
Music is a most clear aspect of my life. Just after I turned three years old, I had begun to show signs of musical skills. As years have gone by, music has become more of a part of me. I have learned to play various instruments, develop skills for writing music and lyrics, and developed a sense of emphasis for when it comes to things such as writin

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A New Turn For Punk
If you’re getting tired of played out punk, sold out ska, and eccentric emo, then you’ll love South Florida’s coming of age skate punk band Empty Noise. Empty Noise consists of vocalist Christian Montes, 18, of North Miami Beach Senior High; guitarist Elvis Gomez, 20, of Miami Dade Community College; bassist Eugene “Fruity” McGuyver, 19, of Broward

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A View on Censorship in Music and the Government
The censorship of music and other forms of entertainment by the government have long been the topic of discussion among social and political circles. Some forms of censorship such as warning labels for parents can be helpful. However the censorship of music is just not right, and the government has no right to do so. All too often the government ge

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AC/DC
This concert took place at the Pyramid Arena in Memphis Tennessee. The main performance was by AC/DC and the band Gutted Snake opened for them. The members of AC/DC are Malcolm Young on guitar, Angus Young on guitar, Brian Johnson on vocals, Cliff Williams on bass, and Phil Rudd on drums. Gutted Snake opened at 7:30 PM and played until 8:00 PM.

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African American Music
In W. E. B. Du Bois’ “The Sorrow Songs” he characterizes slave songs as “…the Negro folk-song−the rhythmic cry of the slave−stands to-day not simply as the sole American music, but as the most beautiful expression of human experience born this side the sea” (137). Du Bois perceived something else in the splendor of spirituals, a confir

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Against Music Censorship
Music censorship has been a major problem plaguing America for over fifty years. In 1957, Elvis Pressley was only allowed to be filmed from the waist up on the Ed Sullivan show (Nuzum 1). Plenty of controversy has taken places between then and now, but more recently it has become much more prominent in the media, and people and organizations are be

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Against Music Censorship
Music censorship has been a major problem plaguing America for over fifty years. In 1957, Elvis Pressley was only allowed to be filmed from the waist up on the Ed Sullivan show (Nuzum 1). Plenty of controversy has taken places between then and now, but more recently it has become much more prominent in the media, and people and organizations are be

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All City Choir
What do you think about when you think of singing? Do you think about the latest rock or pop craze? Or do you think about some opera singer on stage? For me, when I think about singing, I think about All City Choir.

All City Choir is a try-out choir made up of about 60 kids in grades four through eight who’ve come together to sin

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Analysis of Strawberry Wine by Deana Carter
What is the meaning of passion? Passion can be described in many different ways. According to Webster’s Dictionary, passion is defined as any powerful or compelling emotion, feeling, or strong sexual desire. Deana Carter produced a song in 1995 called “Strawberry Wine”. She is refers to her occurrence with passion. In the song, she describes it as

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Appalachian Music
Appalachian Music
Appalachee – people on the other side

Folk music – What is folk music?
Traditional songs existing in countries.
Handed down through generations.
Passes on by word of mouth, not written in musical notation.
Don’t know who wrote it.
Melody and lyrics change as they are pas

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Art Tatum
“God is in the house” That is how most pianists all seem to regard Art Tatum. The rest of the world takes a slightly more moderate view, but there is no doubt that Tatum was a virtuoso of stupendous technical power. Arthur “Art” Tatum was born in 1910. Mr. Tatum was, for all intents and purposes, blind. A child prodigy who studied piano at the Tole

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ASPECTS OF PERFORMANCE
ASPECTS OF PERFORMANCE

In the following report I will focus on two factors of performance, they are
 PSYCHOLOGICAL ASPECTS ON PERFORMANCE
Nerves / stress, including manifestations
Relationships between members
Communication with audience
Audience response
 THE DEVELOPMENT OF

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Backstreet Boys
In a world full of imitations, the Backstreet Boys are definitely not just another fabricated, bubblegum-pop boy-band, but are a multi-talented group of real musicians. With each Backstreet Boy having his own unique experiences in such areas as: acting, singing, modeling, and playing instruments, it is obvious that it would add flavor to their phe

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Beatles Misconception
Why the Notion that the Beatles Changed the World is a Misconception


The Beatles had a minimal effect on the world’s course of events. They jumped on the hippie bandwagon at the perfect time to capitalize from it. Their fame did not reach as far nor did not unify as much as some people would think and they are merely an ico

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Beatles Z320
For my second concert report I thought that I would write about my only experience hearing songs of the Beatles live. The Rib America Festival was hosted by The Beatles Live Repertoire. The group dressed exactly like the Beatles, even had the same names, John, Paul, George, and Ringo. I had never heard any Beatles songs live before, so that was

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