Music Helps

“Jazz came to America 300 years ago in chains.” – Paul Whiteman (Page 176)(Art of Being Human)

This quote is so powerful to me. It really stuck out to me because as a black woman in this political climate it can be very challenging. I understand these struggles very fondly. Jazz is a very known genre to me. My mother is a big fan of jazz music. Artist such as Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, and Miles Davis are just a few that are very known in this genre. As any genre of music multiple cultures try to infiltrate and make jazz there own. Unfornately the black culture does not get full credit for all the cultural aspects they provided and inspired of the course of many years. And in many ways they also do not get respect or the same amount of applause for the impact of music that they made.

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“Blues are the songs of despair, but gospel songs are the songs of hope” -Mahalia Jackson (Page 180) (Art of Being Human)

People write and sing gospel song to create the hope that there is a god that takes mercy and gives us hope of an afterlife. Blues music almost does the opposite. Blues music sounds to me like negro spirituals. They tell more of a sad story. Gospel doesn’t have a big underlying story such as blues. Blues unfortunately is a very old timey genre of music. Gospel is much more current and accurate genre of music in current times.

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“In a world of peace and love music would be the universal language” – Henry David Thoreau (Page 156) (Art of Being Human)

They always say music is the universal love language. Music is played during happy, sad and any occasion possible. Music is used in making fundraisers, carities and many other things to make the world a better place. Love to me is the care and consideration you put into. Music fulfils many different areas of life.

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