Author Archives: Mary Schranck

How the Blues Changed America

It is well known that culture influences music.  Throughout history, songs and pieces have been written due events in history that have impacted humanity in some way.  However, how often is it that music has not only been written about … Continue reading

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The Blues in History

Do blues songs reflect actual historic events? Over the course of many centuries, work songs have been a very important factor in allowing people to work efficiently and effectively in tedious and repetitive job situations.  The African-American population was well … Continue reading

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Sea Shanty Work Song Tradition

Find another example of a work song tradition, outside of the United States, and compare it and contrast it with the Ghanaian example. Although in class we listened to the work song traditions of African workers in the Ghanaian post … Continue reading

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What Should Music Be?

Music is defined by a combination of different pitches and rhythms that make a distinct pattern of sound.  But to me, music is much more than just a combination of different sounds.  Music helps to inspire me.  Listening to certain … Continue reading

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