Monday, October 2, 2017
Music Moves Me - Patterns and Rhythms
Music is full of patterns. We love the rhythms our culture teaches us should be part of music, too.
Today, the first day of the Write Tribe Problgger October 2017 Blogging Challenge (held every Monday and Friday in October), the prompt is "patterns". Since this a week in Music Moves Me (a blog hop that takes place every Monday), I thought, why not feature songs about patterns?
I couldn't find many, so I expanded the topic to include songs mentioning rhythm. And I was immediately transported to my youth - the 1950's and 1960's
Today I made a You Tube Playlist for the first time. That's the wonderful thing about blog challenges - I hope this works.
The playlist includes:
1. Patterns, by Simon and Garfunkel (1965). I owned the Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme album, and probably drove my father crazy by playing it over and over.
2. The Syncopated Clock, composed by Leroy Anderson, which features a clock with a syncopated rhythm. This piece was written for The Boston Pops and first performed by them on May 28, 1945. This brings back memories of growing up in New York City, where, every weekday at 4:30, WCBS-TV would show The Early Show, featuring a movie. My Mom loved the Early Show - it was her time to rest after her housewifely duties were completed. I understand this was used for the Early Show in other cities.
3. The Typewriter, by Leroy Anderson (again). Is there a, um, pattern here? Well, this one dates from 1950 and was also written to be performed by The Boston Pops. I should ask here "does anyone remember typewriters?" If you don't, you may especially enjoy this video, because a pops orchestra can't perform this piece without a typewriter.
4. I've Got Rhythm, with music by another fave (I can't believe I've never included his music in one of my music posts) George Gershwin, with lyrics by his brother Ira Gershwin. This piece was written for a Broadway show called Girl Crazy. There is a lot to this song - I will defer to the true musicians in Music Moves Me to talk about how much this song influenced jazz music.
5. And finally, from a more modern era, Janet Jackson's classic Rhythm Nation, from 1989. I have to admit, I am not a great fan of Janet Jackson, but there is no denying the talent showcased in this song and video. The lyrics still have great relevance today.
If you have any problems with the playlist, could you let me know? This is a learning experience for me, done in hopes that my music posts will load faster for mobile fans.
I hope you enjoyed this little musical journey. Come back again next Monday, same time, same place, for more music.
Day 2 in the Ultimate Blog Challenge, a 30 day challenge this month #blogboost.
I am taking part in The Write Tribe Problogger October 2017 Blogging Challenge .
And last, but not least: Join this #MusicMovesMe blog hop every Monday - here are the people responsible for it:
X mas Dolly is the Conductor of this trip, and the other Conductors are her fellow bloggers Callie of JAmerican Spice, ♥Stacy of Stacy Uncorked♥ and Cathy from Curious as a Cathy.