One of Billie Holiday 's song " Strange Fruit" was first heard by Billie Holiday on January 1939 (Trodd , 2005). The song “Strange Fruit” was about African Americans and White people and the differences on how they were treated because they were different ( Holmes , 2006). Also the song “Strange Fruit” was about African Americans being killed just because there color of there skin was different. The whites were hanging the black people on trees to kill them and to let them suffer ( Larkin ,
“Billie Holiday … did what she liked. If a man she liked came up, she’d go with him; if a woman, the same thing. If she was handed a drink, she’d drink it. If you had a stick of pot, she’d take a cab ride on her break and smoke it. If you had something stronger, she’d use that.
Billie Holiday lived a tumultuous life as she went through many ups and downs during her childhood and into her adulthood. Billie Holiday was only eighteen years old when she was discovered singing in nightclubs and soon found great success as a jazz singer. In spite of her lack of musical training, Holiday’s distinct singing caught the attention of her audience and she became one of the greatest jazz singers of the twentieth century. However, despite the remarkable success Billie achieved, she continuously battled with substance abuse until the end of her life. Holiday may have had a tragic life, but her emotional, melancholic voice made her an imperative presence in the period of jazz.
Music is that one tool that easily elevates the spirits of people and creates a special bond between people of different backgrounds. According to George Rachiotis, “music is the greatest creation of man, which touches the soul and also helps man to sympathetically manifest unspoken desire…” Music greatly affects people not only emotionally but also with education and life skills. And as Gerald Ford said, “Music education opens doors that help children pass from school into the world around them — a world of work, culture, intellectual activity, and human involvement. The future of our nation depends on providing our children with a complete education that includes music.” Music education is a necessity in every child’s education. To begin with, music helps in education and aids people to develop sharper skills that will help academically and mentally.
The Importance of Musical Scores Musical scores are not only an integral part of the audiences’ experience, but also can be beautiful musical compositions as well. Whether through a musical score or a soundtrack, music has the ability to add to the storyline as well as the overall feel of the movie. The music is what helps the filmmaker portray emotions, set a scene or time period, or signal a change is coming. Often, composers work alongside the directors and filmmakers to produce a musical score that will be congruent with the movie’s theme. Music can sometimes stir an emotion or memory, and remind the audience of a past experience.
As previously mentioned, the track "Strange Fruit" performed by Nina Simone appears at various stages throughout the song. The two tracks are completely opposite in terms of texture. The sample of "Strange Fruit" is a single voice accompanied by a piano which can be described as a homophonic texture as there is a support system for the voice. West creates a rich intense atmosphere within the song using many instruments and different melodies and accompaniment which in turn produce a polyphonic texture as there are many ideas, melodies taking place within the song. West alternates between the two textures beginning with the homophonic sample of "Strange Fruit" then gradually adding more instruments together and then mixes the two songs together to create a fierce sound captivating his audience and holding their attention.
Knowledge of these effects can be used to manipulate our work and purchasing behavior.” As stated , music also affects the work environment, which in turn if you can imagine everyone at work enjoying themselves and their job because of listening to their music, then we could possibly have better quantity and quality in speed and production in all of our society which brings in more money at a faster rate. Just like that, just listening to music can easily change and better our society like how it has throughout history.”The easy availability of music means that it tends to be taken for granted. This can lead to neglect in considering how the infrastructure supporting music and musicians is resourced, maintained and developed”. As quoted if we could just get everyone to see the powerful impact that music has and always has had on our culture then we could really let music develop our culture and society. And then we could even make its availability more broad then in turn even one day change the world with just individuals clicking a single button.
She took advantage of every opportunity she was given to sing and performed in local amateur shows at movie houses as well as in a number of the storefront churches located throughout black neighborhoods (Greene, pg 9). In 1928, Billie’s mother took her to New York City. It was there where her renditions of famous songs like "Riffin' the Scotch" and "Your Mother's Son-in-Law" established her as a prodigious singer (Billie Holiday, par 2). The biography, “Billie Holiday,” gives accounts her different career accomplishments and collaborations: In 1933, she was spotted performing in Harlem by the critic and producer John Hammond, who brought her to Columbia Records, where she recorded classic sessions with such jazz greats as pianist Teddy Wilson and tenor saxophonist Lester Young, who gave Holiday her nickname, "Lady Day" (Kliment, par
The rhythmic is binary but her voice is free in the interpretation. The time stops on the last sentence, leaving the song somehow unresolved. Conclusion To conclude, “Strange Fruit” is a protest song that uses metaphors to denounce lynching. This song plays with the audience’s emotions and expresses a real pain. “Strange fruit” had a huge success and became the emblem as well of Billie Holiday than of the Café Society.
This made Meeropol opened his eyes to display the ugly truth about the horrors that African-Americans experienced through the abolition. Soon after he was inspired to write this shady poem, he approached Billie Holiday a famous African American singer to voice his poem as a song. This song voiced by her brings a very emotional and horrifying event about the oppression against people of colors at the Southern of United States in the early twentieth century. Therefore, I will be covering this song in depth from top to bottom about the opening stanza that starts the background of injustice and inequality actions minorities of blacks had encounter in the Southern America, explain how this song really means to Billie Holiday, shows how some element poetry is broken down in this poem, and successfully point out how this poem to affect our lynching in the history of America. First, throughout the poem of “Strange