A Brief History of Music Part 1
I know a lot of people will think history is so boring, I know I’m a bit weird in how it’s always been one of my favourite subjects, but whether you’re utterly bored by it or are super interested like me, it is still kind of relevant in some places. I think Music is one of those places because you’ve got to know where you’ve come from, and also, if you’re stuck on what to do you can sometimes find some awesome ideas from old songs that haven’t been used in ages.
So I’m going to tell you a very short amount about where some things have come from, in the hope I won’t bore you to death, and if I’m wrong then feel absolutely free to correct me, I think the administrators have set me up with an email you can contact me with. But what I say is generally what I have been taught by the Victorian school system and I’d like to think that it’s usually pretty good but I’m not going to guarantee anything. Alright, so let’s start with Soul and R’n’B music.
Now we can all be pretty much sure that these genres of music were formed in America, but where did they come from? All genres of music develop from other genres and these particular ones started mainly when African slaves were brought to America. The slaves would sing songs tied to their heritage back in Africa as they worked, so then when slavery was abolished the music of Africa began to be combined with the music popular with America at the time and so you get Blues music, and the beginning of R’n’B music, and once this music was combined with Church music you got Soul. At that time it sounded VERY different to what we would call R’n’B or Soul today, but that is nevertheless the beginning of it.
This music became an industry, true blues singers would simply sing on street corners, but a lot of it became merged into the Pop industry of the time, where the musicians were just the face of hundreds of nameless, faceless people telling them what to say and how to act and what to sing or play. Of course this didn’t happen to every musician, I’m sure you all know some great artists from that time, a personal favourite of mine was Aretha Franklin who, later in her career, broke away from the Jazz that she had been told to play and brought Soul back into the limelight.
So that was a VERY basic overview of where those sorts of styles came from and a little of how they matured, of course there’s heaps of info on the internet if you’re really interested but I just thought that if you knew a little about all of this then it might help you in some way. Growing your knowledge about any aspect of music cannot be a bad thing. Anyway, next week I’m going to try to do a bit of an overview of Rock music.
--New Kid On The Block