MD-90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 8502 posts, RR: 12 Posted (10 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2382 times:
In no particular order, these are three uniquely American developments pretty much from the last century.
1). Collegiate marching bands
2). Black gospel choirs
Obviously, these three owe a lot to what has gone on before, as I'll explain.
As far as I know, the modern university marching band is only seen in the United States. Largely because we're the only ones who play American football, perhaps. They do stem from military bands that long precede the modern marching band, especially from places like the UK. The bands really add to the atmosphere of the football game, and some are worth going to see just for the bands themselves (examples: Ohio State's The Best Damn Band In The Land [TBDBITL], Texas A&M's Fighting Aggie Band, and Florida State's band). Seeing 200 to 400 people on the field doing all coordinated playing together ... it's pretty cool. Even though lots of people use the half to go pee or get a hot dog. And there are few things like hearing Amazing Grace performed by a band.
Black gospel choirs:
If you've never been to a black church you may not understand what I mean and I probably can't explain it that well, but the atmosphere sometimes can get really charged up. It comes from Africa and historically from the spirituals that slaves used to sing (field hollars are now call and response music), but when they get going you're going to WORSHIP, Christian or non-Christian. It's also kind of a Southern thing, especially revivals. Not limited to the US, of course.
Obviously a genre of music, not a specific kind of group. Jazz is far too complex for me to be able to explain well, but I can say that I learned more about music by being in jazz band for four years in high school than I ever did in regular band.
But don't get me started on how sad it is that 50 cent is as popular as he is.
Csavel From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1362 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (10 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2368 times:
Rock n' Roll
2 1/2 out of the three were black contributions (Rock n' roll fused blues with bluegrass, country and celtic music, hence half black, half white) and were attempts to reconcile African musical heritage to European notions and traditions of music.
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RayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 7991 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (10 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2285 times:
There are actually three major forms of music that came out of the USA: blues, jazz and rock & roll.
Blues music started in the 1860's in the southeastern USA. It provided the basis of jazz, which started in the same area in the 1880's to 1890's. Rock & roll started more or less in the Memphis, Tennessee area in the early 1950's, evolving out of certain types of blues music.
Superfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39703 posts, RR: 75
Reply 22, posted (10 years 5 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2209 times:
MD-90: But don't get me started on how sad it is that 50 cent is as popular as he is.
Lord have mercy, the end of the world is cumin' because I agree with MD-90 for once.
I hate all the new garbage on the radio and TV. I've given up on Western music. The only new stuff I listen to is from the Middle-East, Latin America and Carribean.
Another 'Lear' creation was the 8track tape!
The 8 track tape is an important note in music history. It was the first portable audio format originaly designed to play in cars and private jets. It was also the first format that could be played from start to finish without having to flip over or re-thread.
The Compact Disc, DAT, DCC and Mini-Disc are spiritual successors to the 8track tape.
Russophile From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (10 years 5 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2203 times:
Actually, jazz is not an American contribution at all. Jazz is to to America, what pizza is to Italy, or tea is to England.
Jazz was a Jewish 'invention', and the origins of it are Russian -- i.e. Russian Jews. This style of music was later exported to America, where Americans claimed it as their own -- much like Italians do to pizza and English do to tea. Jazz is not an offshot of blues, contrary to misinformation out there.
Also, the compact disc was 'invented' by both Sony and Phillips, which are Japanese and Dutch, respectively. Not American. The idea for it was Dutch in origin.
Texan From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 4273 posts, RR: 52
Reply 24, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2177 times:
Definitely agree with Cash, but would include the whole genre of country/bluegrass music (excluding today's pop country crap). People like The Hag, Willie and Waylon, The Possum, Hank Williams, Patsy and Loretta, Buck Owens, Gene Autry, Dave Dudley, and more would definitely belong in that group. And Tejano and the blues would be the other two I'd put in there.
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