Posts Tagged ‘genres’

Genres and Genres OH MY!

Filed under: Music Genres — Hope on June 8, 2009 @ 1:10 pm

I was thinking the other day how interesting it is how people are constantly reinventing new genres of music. Sometimes people mix genres and make them a new one in order to appeal to a bigger audience or just because they love those genres so much they can’t settle on one. Anyway, I looked it up on Wikepedia to see the different genres and I had no idea how many there were, but now I do….since I counted. ;) I just counted the different types from A to M (and forgive me if my counting is a little off): Genres beginning with the letter: A= 27, B=95, C= 174, D=75, E=43, F=47, G=81, H=57, I=36, J=47, K=73, L=42, M=121. That’s 918 genres just for A-M!! Unbelievable. I’ll count the rest of the alphabet tomorrow. ;) And I wonder how often these genres are updated or added to.
So I’m randomly picking a label today, how about Bakou:trilling vocals that accompany Wolof wrestling. Awesome. What is Wolof wrestling?.. you may ask. “The Wolof are an ethnic group found in Senegal, The Gambia, and Mauritania. The Wolof Empire was a medieval West African state that ruled parts of Senegal and The Gambia from approximately 1350 to 1890.” “The trill (or shake, as it was known from the 16th till the 19th century) is a musical ornament consisting of a rapid alternation between two adjacent notes, usually a semitone or tone apart, which can be identified with the context of the trill.” Anyone want to write a Bakou song with me? We could write hundreds of them and then we would have boucou Bakous. I just realized that most of you may not know what boucou means, considering it’s a Louisiana term, only found in the Urban Dictionary. It means alot, for example, he has boucou money. But I guess it’s also very close to the French term for alot. Now that we’ve learned some pointless jargon I’m going to get ready for work.
Have a loverly day!

House Music and Kibitzers

Filed under: Music Genres — Hope on June 5, 2009 @ 5:39 pm

Rainy rainy day,
all day nothing but rain,
guess I shouldn’t complain,
tomorrow I’ll see the sun again.

Walking home in the rain, Thai food to-go in hand, I noticed a 40-something year old woman wearing a “House Music Festival” t-shirt. I thought to myself, I know a little about House Music, but not much, what better time than now to really find out? To me, it’s always seemed like one of those forgotten genres of music, usually the artists are only known by people who spend most of their time looking for it or just searching for new music. I am not one of those types, I tend to stumble upon it, or hear about it from others. But I don’t even listen to the radio anymore, so I’m probably a pretty bad example of a music lover. But hey the music that I love I really do love. For those that don’t know House Music is a style of electronic music infused with soul, funk and disco, at least that’s what Webster says about it. (Speaking of Webster’s dictionary, today’s word of the day happens to be kibitzer: one who looks on and often offers unwanted advice or comment, which is what I’ll be doing on this here blog. If you don’t like that I apologize in advance.) So back to House Music. It actually originated in Chicago in the late 1970′s and early 1980′s. Then it moved on to New York and Detroit and eventually caught on in Europe. It seems like house music is predominantly played at clubs and as background for runway shows. This one track I just listened to had a beautiful violin underlying it’s reggae beat: “Jazz-Funk Mix” by Billy Davidson. I found a pretty cool rendition of Superfreak, which develops into other popular songs, on youtube.com. Check it out, it’s called “house-music SESSION by JOJO)”, it gets better the further it plays. The downside for those wanting to guard their eyes is that the video is a collage of half naked woman, so there’s your warning. Happy music hunting music lovers.

Yay for a new word: kibitzer!


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