Benjamin started her singing career singing at nightclubs, community dances and other social events. Powerful women figures like Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald influenced her sound as a musician. Other very influential people in Benjamin’s life include Duke Ellington and Abdullah Ibrahim, her husband who she had a child with. Following the Sharpeville massacre, Benjamin and her husband Ibrahim lived in New York, raising both money and awareness for the anti-apartheid cause (Chinen, 1). Benjamin is in the history books as one of the greats alongside Billie Holiday because of the way she told stories using her voice and a microphone.
The second reason why I agree with this article is because Phillis Wheatley 's presence in the public sphere of 18th-century America gave her the ability to influence public political opinion. Her ability to create poetry despite being an enslaved black woman resulted in constant references to her transformation from barbarian to genius in the public 's eye. She became a recognizable figure, and this allowed her poetry and her beliefs to influence the perceptions of all slaves. A quote I found from Flanzbaum says "There was no great poetry in the eighteenth century, and Wheatley 's poetry was as good as the best American poetry of her age,"(Flanzbaum 59). Flanzbaum has described that poems from Phillis Wheatley where like no other poem, they were more unique to her because no poet would express the way she expresses her poems, they are a true definition of lyrical poems.
This paper explores how Ella Fitzgerald’s hopeful attitude has had an effect on the of her scat singing style development that made her a successful artist. Ella Fitzgerald is a jazz singer most known for her style of scat singing (Bauer). She did not have a background in singing or music as a child, but has great techniques including vocal textures, perfect pitch, three octave range, and near beautiful intonation (Ulanov 277). It is a wonder to all how she developed her style and one explanation is her positive attitude. With a positive attitude, the singer could solely focus on singing and being creative.
had the unique skill to merge genre’s together and form something that was entirely different and new for the generation, and which led to other generations to merge other genres. Presley’s inspiration of genres was greatly impacted by the African American culture; however, brought his country-side to his music, which is what gave his music his own creative sound. He was the first artist to basically merge black and white music together, and widening his fan base. Elvis Presley not only changed the way entertainers performed, he also changed the way it was marketed. Teenage fans were soon to be seen as important consumers of goods, who bought products like records, tickets to concerts, and movies.
All of this being said, her performance was spectacular and showed why she belonged to hold a spot in our memories. Diahann Carroll was able to bring her rich, gentle voice to a well known piece of music and make it her own, through subtle acting and a powerful emotional connection to the words she was singing. In the beginning of the song, Carroll has a low volume with a gentle voice. She may not need to project due to the range of the microphone (this is unknown to the viewer), but her voice carries regardless and holds a great resonation in not only her chest, but also in the room in which she is being recorded in. If her projection staggered any in the quieter beginning of the song she made up for it with superb and unique diction.
“Marian Anderson [...] one of this country’s most successful classical singers” (Teachout 1). With a rough background, she rose above and became very famous because of her newly found their voice. “Anderson a world-famous symbol of black aspiration and achievement” (Teachout 1). Marian was a leading inspiration to all young blacks and whites of her time. Marian was born into a poor family, she started singing in church.
Freda Josephine McDonald also known as Josephine Baker was a star and hero. Baker had a rough start to her life but those obstacles didn’t hold her back from obtaining success. Baker had major achievements for a black woman during her time. She was a big influence during the Jazz age. Baker can remembered as an outstanding dancer and a civil rights activist who paved the way for African American women.
I felt confident in using this book as a common source for my own research projects, and it created a wonderful starting point for every blog post I wanted to make. I ended up enjoyed this book not only because of the exquisite research, but because it shed light on a historical woman who is often over look in general history courses, yet who was such an amazing woman that she inspired millions with her voice at a time when African Americans were looked down upon as a lesser being of
9 in D minor opus 125, represents the height of Beethoven’s creativity and intelligence and in a sense can be regarded as a culmination of the trauma he endured because of his loss of hearing. Furthermore, the work is a very powerful force and especially if it is experienced live. One understands and appreciates the sheer genius that was Ludwig van Beethoven and this work, even though it is over 190 years old, is still able to resonate with audiences all over the world. The last movement is one of my favourite pieces of music to listen to and analyse because of the emotional, creative and intellectual thinking it entails. The recording I listened to was the Folsom Symphony and Sacramento Master Singers "Glorious Beethoven" March 25, 2012.
Louis Armstrong shaping scat singing to make it achieve posterity Louis Armstrong (1901-1971) is surely one of the most famous and incredible jazz singer and trumpet player. He influenced widely, and still does, jazz music. But there is something that only jazz specialists or some aficionados know: he actually reinvented a brand new genre of vocal jazz, the scat singing. And I said “reinvented” on purpose. Indeed, though Louis Armstrong 's recording Heebie Jeebies in 1926 is often cited as the first song to use scatting, there are some earlier examples of artists ' pieces of work that could be considered as premises of scat singing.