Music And The Politics Of Resistance

Or are we just all-consumed by the dancing icons of our “smartphones,” which seem to be making us less smart and more docile? One thing we do know: music in the United States has led directly to environmental action, the equality of our citizens, a movement against war and violence, and it has raised the voices of the working American. We now need to point it toward direct political action. Powerful songs have always been the engine behind the greatest social movements — it is the marching soundtrack that unites the people and gives them focus and resolve, and it’s not limited to the U.S. In 1970s Nigeria, Fela Kuti invented Afro Beat music as a way to protest the oil company regime of Nigeria. His song “Zombie” became a global hit that railed against Nigeria’s military dictators. In South Africa, the indigenous Mbatanga music helped bring about the end of apartheid and it spread a message of peace and reconciliation in that nation. In Chile, Victor Jara wrote songs about his country’s struggles, sparking the Nueva Cancion (New Songs) movement that caused South Americans to rise up against their military dictatorships and replace them with democracies. In Brazil, the Tropicalia movement was created by songwriters like Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, and Rita Lee as a form of protest against the Brazilian military junta, which eventually fell from its own corruption and incompetence. In Australia and New Zealand, popular songs written by indigenous and non-ingenious songwriters sparked an indigenous land reclamation movement that is still active today. The reason this works is because music gets people thinking, talking, and doing.

Taylor Swift opens $4 million music education center in Nashville

Sports is pretty much the last thing that people need to watch in real time. On-demand access improves almost all audio and video except for sports (and the evening news, for older demographics), so the old systems are still in place there. They know the ads will get seen. And if anything, the second screen just offers more opportunity to make money. In terms of live attendance, theres a different allure, too, with the regional pride and competition aspects. Maybe American Idol etc. are on the right track with the latter. Basically, the issue is that Sports and Music are completely different animals. Still, it might be fun to try to draw up a list of possible lessons from the sports industry to the music industry, along the lines of our lessons from the podcast renaissance : People Like Competition Sports, in America anyway, are about winning or losing. This is one reason we dont like to watch soccer. American Idol understands this, as do music competition sites like OurStage , but maybe theres room for a bit more formalized competition in music.

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The singer opened the $4 million center in Nashville. It might as well be Taylor Swift weekend in Music City. The pop star opened her $4 million Taylor Swift Education Center at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on Saturday morning, and will accept her record sixth songwriter-artist of the year award from Nashville Songwriters Association International on Sunday. RELATED: TAYLOR SWIFT SETS SONGWRITING RECORD Mark Humphrey/AP Swift posed with fans at the center. The facility will have classrooms, instrument rooms, and education opportunities for kids. Swift cut the ribbon on the new education center she donated to the museum as part of its expansion campaign and showed reporters and area high school students the new classroom and exhibit space before the museum opened. “I’m really excited about this music education center and the fact that right now they have three different classes going on today,” Swift said in an interview after the ceremony. “It’s really exciting that we can be here on a day when they’re not only unveiling it, but they’re starting to actively use it today.” RELATED: TAYLOR SWIFT MAKES 7-YEAR-OLD GRACE MARKELS DREAM COME TRUE AFTER YOUNG FAN WAS HIT BY SPEEDING MOTORIST Mark Humphrey/AP Swift cut the ribbon on the new education center she donated to the museum as part of its expansion campaign. The center will have classroom space, a hands-on instrument room and ongoing education opportunities. Museum officials say the new center will increase educational opportunities sevenfold going forward. And who knows? Maybe users will find the 23-year-old Swift hanging around some day.

Music | Maud In Cahoots interview

I took to violin and Zoe choose the cello. Although we did play with different musicians along the way, classicalwas our focus throughout school and into college more so than writing our own music. Zoe: That whole world of classical music didnt really appeal to me. We both studied to a highlevel but Id never intended to go too far into it. Maud: It was only when Ileft college that I started to compose songs myself, there was a desire for me to perform and write, whether that be pop music or classical. The genre that we areknown for is something that just happened. When you listen to the arrangements there are some classical elements but they are byno means intentional. Its funny because from playing in New York, London and Dublin audiences take something different from our music. With one of our songs, called Push Me Under, a lot American audiences thought it was traditional sounding and when we wrote it it never struck us that way. It came organically. Do you write the songs together or do you work on them separately? Maud: We kind of write them separately at this point, but I think that could change. Were moving forward and working on the album now and its more of a collaboration. Were getting as many musicians involved as we can to bring in new ideas and styles. I hope that can continue and develop because I think thats when the best music is made, whenyou work with different influences and exposeyourself to as many ideas as possible.