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Sing for Hope, Sing for Change

Sing for Hope, Sing for Change

SingForHope.org does what every human being in this world wishes to do: they help uplift people’s spirit through music. Music, as we know it, possesses this magical ability to replenish people with a new kind of energy so their life will not be as bleak and dull as it were before. The website does just that and the best thing about it is that it offers its service for free and for public. Anyone can enjoy the benefits this organization offers and everyone can have them without paying at all. Its programs include bringing art to those in dire need of cheering and supports. Music performances are held at public spots and anyone who finds themselves in a hard situation can improve their moods just by listening to the music being played.

There is this event held annually where pianos are placed at public spots and everyone is invited to play the instrument the way they please. However, there is one condition for this, after certain time, the event will be closed so as to avoid disturbing the neighborhood with unwanted sounds.

Sing for Hope is an organization focusing on this service but their work is not limited to music only. The organization encourages anyone working in any disciplines of art form to give something to the event. If you think your art can change the world, in any ways, you can try to apply to the organization as a volunteer and be featured as one of the artists in this year’s roster. Again, there is no limitation as to what kind of art forms to be featured in this event. You can be a singer, providing your voice to entertain and change people or you can be a sculptor whose statue clearly depicts someone’s feeling everyone can relate to.

Learn to Play Piano in 10 Minutes

Learn to Play Piano in 10 Minutes

download (4)There are many people who always wanted to learn to play piano since they were kids. In fact, 8 out of 10 people wanted to have learned to play the piano when they were young. While some kids even had piano classes, others didn’t. So, if you’re one of this people, what’s holding you back?

It will only take you 10 minutes to learn to play the piano. Here’s all you need to do:

* Step 1: Getting Ready:

– Sit at the piano and rest your fingers on the keyboard. You need to watch out for your elbows. They should be slightly bent, so make sure you adjust your bench properly.

– Sit right in the center of the bench with the keyboard in front of you.

– Move a bit to the front edge of the bench and put your weight forward and your back straight.

– Rest your feet on the floor.

– While maintaining a good posture, make sure you are comfortable.

– Move your hands above the keyboard and allow your finger to touch the center of the white keys. You shouldn’t rest your palms anywhere.

– With the pad of your finger, just below the fingertip, stripe the key. Make sure each finger is curved and when you strike a key, you need to keep your finger joints bent.

* Step 2: Playing by Finger Numbers:

With your right hand you should play the notes with stems going up, and with your left hand you should play the notes with stems going down.

* Step 3: Pick a Music You Like:

By trying to play a music on the piano that you like, you’ll be more willing to learn it. Besides, you know its melody and you’ll immediately notice if you’re missing a note somewhere.

* Step 4: Keep Practicing:

As everything in life, practice brings perfection. You already know the posture you need to maintain when you’re playing the piano, you know how to position your hands and where your fingers should touch the keys. It really is a matter of devoting more time to something you like and always wanted to learn.

Here are some additional tips that may help you:

* Instead of using both hands at once, try to use just one until you feel comfortable enough to use both.

* When you choose the music you want to play, try to play it slowly. It’s the best way to learn.

* If you’re struggling with the music you chose, don’t give up. You can always try to break it into smaller sections. This way you won’t be so overwhelmed.

* When you keep trying to play some specific music, you’ll feel tired of it at some point. When this happens, choose another music you like to play. And later on, pick up the first music again and try to play it.

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Inspirational Female Singers That I Love

Inspirational Female Singers That I Love

download (3)As a touring inspirational singer, I meet a lot of amazing musicians and singers. I really do love female singers probably because I have a lot in common with them. That’s not to say that male singers are not incredible, I will just focus on the female singer for today’s article. These are all singers that I have met at one time in my life.

One of my favorite inspirational singers is Jennifer Russell. Jennifer combines the high mysticism of Mother Mary and numerous other ascended masters and angels with the soft sounds of piano. She plays piano in a very beautiful way. Of course her CDs are layered with bass, guitars, string instruments, drums and angelic voices. The result is songs that make your soul sing. She has an abundance of releases- ‘Lie down in that grass’ (one of my favorites), ‘One with the One’ (another favorite), ‘There is Only Light’, and so many more. A lot of her songs will draw the listener right into a meditational bliss. I often listen to her music while driving long distances. Her vision has to do with empowering the world through songs that open the heart. Go ahead, Google her!!

Another one of my favorites is Gia Ciambotti. Her powerful, sultry voice immediately moves the listener. Her song ‘Right as Rain’ blends spirituality with daily human experience. It gives me a sense of peace and easy-going joy. Gia is one of those artists where you feel like you’ve known her for years at the first meeting. She is always right in the pocket with her sometimes raspy, sometimes angelic voice. I highly recommend her!

Georgia Anne Muldrow is another incredible female musician. Her voice emanates hip-hop, jazz and a variety of vibrational sounds that blow me away. Her song ‘Great Blacks’ is nothing short of transformational. With lyrics like ‘My direction has shifted from being ignorant and gifted suicidal and explicit to being humbly committed and prayerfully submissive to the source of all existence’ you just know that she’s an incredible force to be reckoned with… And with her mom being the amazing Rickie Byars-Beckwith, we know she’s got it going on.

Finally, I’ll talk about Christy Paige.This amazing rockstar moves me to the core. Her music has a powerful folk style. Christy plays the guitar with a strum that pulls the audience into the song right away. She covers everything from feeling un-worthy to feeling free. Her energy and conviction are contagious. She even does a cool rap in her song “New World”. In this song, she talks about how we ‘say how it goes’… And everybody should put their weapons down. I love it.

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Can Soca Be Called Music?

Can Soca Be Called Music?

download (2)I know this may sound very harsh, especially as I am a trini, but can Soca really be called music?

It is indigenous to these shores, and it is a derivative of Calypso, and I know many people would disagree with me, but how can modern Soca – with its super fast paced (studio produced) beat and music (in fact, are there any live instrumentation in this ‘artform’?), repetitive, narrow-minded party lyrics and constant screaming (not singing) of a ‘melody line’ (if one can even call it a melody to begin with) be called music?

In fact, may ‘Soca Artistes rip-off songs from other popular groups/singers from around the world. And many a song for the Annual Carnival season all share the same beat and musical key. Almost as if it was a ‘Buy one, get 4 songs added on, all for the low price of… ‘

But I guess just like how there are a few Jamaicans who would say ‘Dancehall’ is an abomination to ‘Reggae’, I would like to state that Soca music is an abomination, an insult to what it came from – Kaiso music.

At least Kaiso had a nice, swaying, danceable beat, intelligent lyrics, a sweet melody line that anyone could sing along to, and real live instruments. Calypsonians prided themselves on being original and witty.

Maybe I am biased, but it crawls my blood when I hear young kids saying ‘Soca is we culture, not Kaiso!’ and I want to shake them up and say ‘Wake up, Soca is a child of Kaiso! What nonsense are you talking?’

Lord Shorty! May you rest in peace, I’m sure you never dreamed this nightmare that Soca would become. You invented at the time, a nice, faster derivative of Kaiso, and it had all our ears perked when you first performed it for us all way back when, but what a monster it has become now.

Thanks to Super Blue and everyone who followed after that, we’ve been ‘Jumping, counting to four and waving’ our disgusting, nasty, germ-infested, sweaty rags/flags for the last 21 years. Good Lord!, that’s a long time to be doing the same damn thing. Can’t all these brilliant soca ‘artistes’ write something else for a change? Do they get inspired to write something else other than a party-hit? Do they think/get inspired at all? Can’t they change the music market for the better rather that just trying to make easy money by packaging crap and selling it as ice cream.

I wish our listening public was a smarter one. Truly, I do. I love Kaiso, I just find Soca absolutely rubbish. Quantity vs. Quality?

Soca lovers and artistes alike all talk about this music going to the billboard charts and winning a ‘Grammy’. Amazing! The audacity to think this!

Reggae has its own category at the Grammys and as way back as 2005, it was said that Soca has it’s own category starting from the 2006 Grammys. But I just checked a listing of Grammy categories and I didn’t see Soca mentioned at all. Wonder why?

As an interesting side note, try googling ‘Why Reggae is more successful than Soca’

My question is, how can this music ever reach the US market, gain a spot on Billboard if no one outside of Trinidad and Tobago can understand what the heck these great, talented soca artistes are singing/screaming/shouting about? It all sounds like blah, blah, blah, mumble, mumble, mumble to me. Much less to foreigners who hear our ‘music’, most of them who are convinced we speak a different language than English here. And that’s when we talk slowly to them, so much less when we’re blasting our great ‘culture’ music at top speed and volume – 100 syllables a minute.

But then again, I’m sure we think most visitors here for Carnival can understand what ‘Jump and wave’ means. Surely!? If nothing else, just those two words. Don’t forget to count to four though. Then Jump! Ready? One, Two, Three…

All this nonsense is killing our brain cells, and it’s a crying shame we can’t see that? Our intelligence is jumping up and away in a flag, a rag, a Soca band that consists of a drummer, a bassist, a few keyboard players running ‘brass lines’ and a few quality ‘singers’ – rags included, and maybe a herd of scantily clad dancers.

All the foreigners who come to witness our ‘greatest show on earth’ must think we’re all a bunch of circus clowns that don’t know the first thing about music.

But then again, no one with ears to hear can really call Soca music. Noise definitely. Music? No way.

Francesco Emmanuel is a classically-trained guitarist who is madly in-love with the electric guitar. He teaches guitar for a living, and when he’s not composing music for film/TV, he’s off touring with Canadian world-beat group Kobo Town.

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3 Mistakes You Must Avoid When You Learn To Play Scales On Guitar

3 Mistakes You Must Avoid When You Learn To Play Scales On Guitar

You probably already know that scales are important for your guitar playing, but very few guitar players know how to practice scales correctly. This makes it hard to improvise guitar solos and limits how good of a guitarist you become.

Here are 3 big mistakes you must avoid when you practice scales on guitar:

Mistake #1. Learning Without Application

Learning more scales doesn’t make you a better guitar player – applying the scales you know on a deeper level does.

When you learn any new scale, learn how to improvise with it and become familiar with its sound. Listen to guitar players who use this scale, create your own guitar licks with it and learn how this scale is applied in songs you love. When you feel confident enough with a scale to use it in improvising, you have mastered it on a deep enough level to learn another scale if you wish.

Note: this does NOT mean you must only practice one scale for years… just don’t overwhelm yourself with dozens of scales you never learn how to use.

Mistake #2: Learning Scales In 1-2 Positions On Guitar

Do not make the same mistake as most guitarists by overwhelming yourself with tons of new scale patterns in only one or two positions. To master any new scale, you must learn to play it all over the fretboard. Getting stuck playing scales in 1-2 areas on the guitar severely limits your creativity.

To avoid this problem, you must consistently practice fretboard visualization. Visualize the guitar neck as ONE giant scale pattern and learn to navigate it fluently.

Warning: many systems for learning scales make this step very hard (more on this below). Work with a proven guitar teacher to learn how to visualize scales easily and fast.

Mistake #3. Not Following An Effective Process For Learning Scales On Guitar

You must have an effective process for: learning, visualizing and applying any new scale in your guitar playing.

Do NOT assume that “any system for learning scales is equally valid”. Many systems for learning scales on guitar are incomplete and damaging to your progress. The CAGED system is one such system. Using it creates A LOT of problems in your guitar technique and musical creativity.

Learn why the CAGED system sucks and what you should do instead to master scales on guitar. Avoid these mistakes in your guitar practicing and you will become a better guitarist and musician a lot faster.

About The Author:

Tom Hess is a successful professional guitar player, composer and guitar teacher to thousands of guitarists worldwide. With his online guitar lessons, he has helped guitarists drastically improve their guitar skills. To become a better guitar player, go to his website about guitar instruction and see guitar playing video lessons, read guitar practice advice, and check out a free guitar soloing lesson to learn why the CAGED system sucks.

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Musical Impact on Culture

Musical Impact on Culture

I love music. There is so much beauty and culture to be found in varying genres of music. Of course, we all have different tastes. I personally am quite partial to what is commonly known as “Indie” music. Artists like Lighthouse and the Whaler, Young the Giant, and Chet Faker dominate a large portion of my car time. I have friends who are more partial to country music, favoring relatable lyrics and catchy melodies. My own brother enjoys the incredibly rhythmic properties of rap and hip-hop. Even within these categories, there are thousands of sub-categories with tens of thousands of artists all with varying degrees of fandom. These fans swear by their taste in music and often belittle those who like anything else. Why is that?

I had a friend in high school who grew up in a very musical family. His mother and sister are both very talented singers and his father composed and recorded music for years. He played in concert band for much of his schooling and is an insanely good drummer. He has a rich background in music, but would often swear that rap and hip-hop do not qualify as music. This style was foreign to him. He did not enjoy it and did not see how it pushed forward music as an art form. It had no relevance to his culture, so he disregarded it.

Music has the unique property of being a sort of second language for a subculture. Rap and Hip-Hop are commonly tied to urban areas and lower-income upbringings. Country music is often played in the Midwest and South. This music provides us with an easy way to relate to each other and to interact on an emotional level with strangers. It can provoke a vast array of emotions from sadness and anger to affection and joy. I hear it often said that artists are influencing youth culture, but I would propose the exact opposite is true. Popular music is a reflection of the culture that produces it.

My friend grew up in a middle-class household surrounded by classical music. Rap was simply not relatable to him. However, my hope is that as he grew up, he recognized that what is often being rapped about in these songs is actually an amazing window into a different culture. Music is an incredibly easy, accessible way to learn about other cultures. I believe that, given the proper exposure, it could be one the most unifying tools our generation has to offer.

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How To Find The Best Songs

How To Find The Best Songs

If you clicked on this article that means you are curious about where to find the best music or you just did it by accident. Oh well, you are here now so you might as well stay right? Great, because you’re about to find out how to find the best songs. What I mean by best songs is personal to me and it will be different for you as well. You have had a different life than I, and we may also hear things a bit differently. A bad song to one person could be someone else’s favorite song. The best songs for me may not be the best songs for you, but that is what makes music so great! Now that you see the surface I am going to give you a few steps you can take that could help you find the best songs out there.

The first step you can try is changing your radio station or playlist that you listen too. If you listen to the same set of songs from the same genre all the time you are definitely missing out on some quality music.

There are a lot of different kinds of music in this world and all have something unique to offer. Try changing your radio station to the first song that comes on. Even if you do not like it stay on that station until they have played at least five different songs. If at that point you still are not satisfied with the songs move to the next one and repeat this process as often as you can. If you do not listen to the radio and prefer getting your music online then switch up the websites you are surfing. Or if you are like me just start clicking deep into YouTube, you will definitely find some gems there.

Another step you can take is searching a certain word and listening to every song that comes up with that word! This is particularly great for those of you who use streaming sites or for those of you who blog and use YouTube frequently. It can be really fun picking a random word and seeing what comes up. I sometimes like to scroll all the way down to the bottom and start listening to the last five down there and then work my way up. I would encourage you to use unique words though, simply typing in “you” or “the” will not be as enjoyable of an experience as would be typing in something more original. Places like iTunes and Spotify are ideal spots to do this. Apple’s endless catalog will make sure that you find a great song. I have had a lot of fun in my down time by using this step. There are billions of words so be sure to explore even if it is not English. Use French words and Spanish words to shake things up!

This next step is one that not many people like to do. However, I have found in my music experience that this step can go a long way. Listen to a song again even if you do not like it at first. If you are still unsure listen again. Are you still not sure? One more time. Listen to it until you are truly sick of it. By no means force yourself to like a song, just be willing to give it another chance. Sometimes it can take a few days to fully digest a song and hear everything in it. I find this tactic very useful as far as complete albums go. Most of the time an artist will have albums that contain at minimum ten songs and at maximum twenty songs. This is a lot of music and a full album cannot be fully listened to in one sitting. Sometimes full albums might take weeks to set in and you will realize yourself starting to like a song that did not really catch your ear at first. Do not be so quick to judge a song; sometimes you need to just keep listening. Combining the last step and this step makes a great tool to finding new music you never thought you would listen to and you end up loving it.

The last step here is a simple one. Have your own opinion. I have met way too many people that will pretend they like a song just because everyone else does. I strongly encourage you guys not to be this way. Like what you like and don’t like what you don’t like. Just because a song is the “most popular” song at the moment does not mean you have to like it. Have an opinion that is truly yours. Music is made for the individual and this is the key to understanding how to find the best songs for you.

These are steps I think that any and all music enthusiasts should take to finding good songs. Here is just a quick recap of the steps: Change your playlist or radio station, and stop on first song and listen to that station until you have heard at least five songs; You can search a keyword on a website or streaming service and listen to all songs that come up; Take your time when listening to music and give songs repeats even if you do not like it at first; and finally is just have your own opinion of music that is not influenced by the outside world. I have personally used all of these steps more than one time. Every now and then I like to search really deep for some hidden gems and these are the ways I do so! Really the key takeaway from this is to just be open and curious about music. I have my favorite genres that I listen to a lot more than other genres that I am not so fond of. Everyone has their own “style” of music they like the most and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Just try new genres every now and then.

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Importance Of Music Education In School

Importance Of Music Education In School

Music has been an essential part of almost every culture. In fact when we talk of any culture, music is one of the things that distinguishes each community and society from each other. So, undoubtedly, music is what makes every culture even richer. And what would be a better way to teach your children about different cultures? It is not only about learning cultures, it is about developing an attitude, cognition, and maintaining the emotional and psychological balance through music. There are many studies that have proven how beneficial music could be in the overall development of kids. Many parents and schools believe that learning music is fruitless, but some studies have shown the direct connection between learning music and better academic performance. According to experts, students who were exposed to music lessons in childhood are more likely to score higher in math, languages, and science. It is because music contains all of the aforementioned factors. To know how music impacts the emotional and psychological development of your child, read further.

Personal and Emotional Development through music:

You might have spent more than half of your energy teaching discipline, cooperation, values in life, and other social skills to your kids in various ways. But a simple music lesson can teach them all of these valuable lessons. Children are most likely to take time for music classes, especially, when they are learning with other peers. It is highly likely that they would do this for other subjects. Music helps them become self disciplined, organized, coordinated, and cooperative. When they are learning in a group they also learn about team work, reliability, taking responsibility, and being accountable, etc. Apart from this, children get an opportunity to learn about the history of music, artists, different instruments, different types of music and the elements of music. They also discover how to make new instruments, how to repair instruments, and much more. This certainly adds to their knowledge and takes them closer to the lives of artistic people who can provide them with valuable insights on life.

Music in itself is a form of self-expression and creativity which imparts complex thinking abilities in children, which in turn, improves their cognitive abilities. With music it is easier to think about abstract things as it improves the imagination when one tries to invent or create his own tune or learning the old ones. So music is also a great way to express oneself which can help in reducing the emotional and psychological stress. In fact there are so many psychologists who use ‘music therapy’ to treat patients with mental disorders. Hence, music is plausibly the only tool that can provide your brain and mind with exercise as well relaxation. Apart from this, music can serve as one of the ways to boost a child’s self-esteem, especially someone who is poor in academic subjects. Imagine playing violin or singing a solo song at an annual function of the school. This can do wonders for your kid’s self-esteem. Therefore, music is certainly healing and is very important for the personal, emotional, mental, and psychological growth of children.

Academic Development through Music:

A boost in academic improvement can certainly be the incentive for many parents and schools to allow or start music classes for children. Many scientists and child development psychologists have come to the conclusion that music does improve a child’s academic performance and they certainly gain more expertise in core subjects such as science, language, math and history. Learning music involves rhythm which is achieved by time sense and counting. For example, children need to find out how long or short each musical note is, or when to stroke which cord, or what the dot on the note signifies, etc. So one has to have a good sense of timing and ability to multiply and divide time in order to achieve the same. And there are many studies to support this fact that music improves math. In fact there are many musicians who are exceptionally good at math.

You must be aware that musical notes are generally some symbols that one must learn in order to read them. Learning such musical notes also helps in improving the linguistic language to interpret its real meaning and delve deeper into the subject. While learning music they also go through different poems and songs written by previous artists, lyricists, singers, and poets. This helps children learn more about literature and different instruments, notes, and styles. They try to discover what sounds better together or how sound waves work, what mechanical corrections need to be done to get the exact sounds, and connection between distance and sound waves, etc. It indeed helps them find out more about science and through practical experiences it is easy to learn scientific theories.

Music enhances one’s logical intelligence, mathematical intelligence, linguistic intelligence, spatial intelligence, along with intrapersonal and interpersonal communication. Hopefully by now you have realized the importance of music education in schools. So when are you having a meeting with your kid’s teachers about starting a music class?

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Hip Hop Samples To Make Awesome Beats

Hip Hop Samples To Make Awesome Beats

Music is just a wonderful feeling that has the potential to blow our minds and we sometimes wonder what it takes to create this magic. Well surely it is not easy to get all your instruments and tools right and synchronize them perfectly as you wish. The fact is that you have to be a genius or a legend to create an absolutely fresh piece of music without any base. Every time we hear something, the sound gets stored in our mind and when we look to create music then we figure out ways to recreate those sounds through sound instruments. Take help of the hip hop samples to get some idea of how to proceed and hip hop drum samples will guide you with the sounds.

Hip hop sound kits are the marvelous gift for the modern world of music where you can have a simple electronic interface to produce all the sounds without needing to have all those instruments. Just imagine that with a sound kit, you can produce all the desired sounds with just a touch and you can manage all those instruments virtually at one place on your screen. This is the power that a sound kit brings. It is like having all the instruments and moreover able to play them from one place.

Sound kits provide a simplest and easiest way to create your music. However, you would need to enhance your kit by including hip hop loops and sounds. You must always look for sound kits that can provide a variety of sounds with a crisp sharp sound quality. You need to have a sound kit that can produce hundreds of sounds without compromising the quality. It is very important to choose an authentic retailer for buying it. Always look for those retailers that use customized sounds.

You can enjoy a lot of flexibility with hip hop sound kits like you can always modify or edit your performance later without needing to start all over again. This is an excellent option to monitor and enhance your performance with minimum effort and time. Also, you enjoy the availability of multiple instruments virtually at one place. It is a compact and versatile option. Hip hop drum loops and drum samples are available easily from many online stores. Creating music is now easy and a lot of fun if you have a hop hip kit with lots of hip hop samples.

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Detroit and Soul Music History

Detroit and Soul Music History

They say the birth of soul came in the 1950s, when the parents of gospel and jazz came together to form a more contemporary and dance-friendly style of music.

The Motor City is no doubt the backbone of modern soul and R&B. It became a powerhouse and industry standard for soul music throughout the country, competing with Atlantic Records and Stax for chart-topping hits throughout the 60s.

BLACK EMPOWERMENT

The one thing that stands out about Detroit’s golden era of soul music, which isn’t covered very often in many music documentaries or biographies, is the reverberation and inspiration drawn during the civil rights era occurring alongside its timeline.

Soul music isn’t just a genre, its black poetry set to the sounds that emanate from the soul.

If that sounds like a profound statement to be made, well, it’s the only way to describe what anyone feels when they identify deeply with the lyrics, the passion, and the power that soul music provides to black culture.

LOSING TOUCH IN DETROIT

As with practically every music genre in history, once soul music began to dominate the charts and the money showed record labels, the music scene began to fill with copycats and water-down imitations, inspired by the pop movement craze overseas in the UK.

They began using elements of Motown’s greatness to appeal to wider audiences, i.e. white suburbia, even though soul music was very popular with nearly every demographic.

As the inner cities began to transform, gentrification and appropriation of black culture began to push Detroit communities to the breaking point, spurring the infamous Detroit riots in 1967. The destruction spelt the end of the once dominant and influential city of Detroit, as well as the golden era of soul for Motown Records. During their final years, Motown churned out, arguable, their most soulful and raw records of their time, with lyrics laced in civil rights violence, suffocating poverty, calls for peace and unity; even Marvin’s soothing voice could not turn the tides.

THE TRANSFORMATION OF DETROIT SOUL

After the destruction and fall of a city that lead the country in both music and manufacturing, there came a new era of soul music, even with Motown now relegated to Hollywood pop hits. In Detroit, new eras of electronic music were giving way. Dance and techno exploded on the scene, the younger generations’ music didn’t sound the same, but it shared that same spark of music pioneering that Detroit is infamous for.

NEW TECHNOLOGY, SAME SOUL

Along with the new era of electronics brought more tools to produce, birthing the next major black culture of hip-hop. Hip hop is a culture that is derived from soul, the poetry is sped up, but the elements of expression and raw emotion are all there. It didn’t happen until the late 90s, but Detroit officially gave birth to a new genre of soul music, dubbed “Neo-soul”, which was created from the sounds of the late hip-hop producer James “Dilla” Dewitt Yancey.

His heavy sampling of classic soul records and basement sounds of the hard-hitting 808 drums is his signature, which left big impressions on soulful R&B singers, like Lauren Hill, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, and Amel Larrieux. Who partially owe their success to his creative genius and love for Detroit soul.

Detroit is a city that is a testament to how powerful music is, as long as it comes from the soul, no matter how dire situations may be. Inside, we all have a drum in our chest that connects us all to the sound of music.

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