Carmen's Composition

Friday, February 3, 2017

He's Not Going to Let ANYONE Turn Him Around!

There is nothing I'd rather be doing right now than what I'm doing.  I have the fine privilege of introducing students to the world through the lens of music, AND I get to show them how they can change it through music.  Music class is not just about singing songs or playing instruments- it's about connecting musical elements to the people and cultures they originated from to gain a better understanding of the WHY's of music.  WHY was "Aint Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around" so powerful during the mid 1900's?  It's simple form, catchy melodic and rhythm patterns, and powerful words made it accessible and singable to everyone during a very hard time in our counrty.  WHY is it in a minor key?  The minor key perfectly shows the atmosphere, emotions, and the hardships of the people singing it.  WHY is improvisation significant to this genre of music (listen to the singers improvise in the second video at minute 2:55)?  Because folk music, regardless of it's origin, is the PEOPLE's music.  It's expressive.  It's accessible.  It's leaves room for the voice of the average person to take part of the experience.  It's casual character leaves room for the unplanned, spontaneous creation of music.  Listen to Clow's 5th grader Mathis use his newly learned A minor scale to express himself in "Aint Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around".  Improvisation is composition in real-time.  There is no correcting "mistakes".  It requires boldness and courage- so way to go, Mathis!


Mathis' Improvisation Using an A Minor Scale

"Aint Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around"

Compare: Major Key vs. Minor Key.  #justnotthesamefeel


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