OUT TAKES by Jim CUOMO
Published by PigeonMusic at Smashwords
Copyright Pigeon Music 2009
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African-American Essay -- Music
by Jim Cuomo
commissioned by the Portland School System; People make music. This essay is about them.
Any approach toward analysing the impact of African-American music must include a certain editorial stance regarding inclusion and exclusion. Some important musicians will be left out. Certain impossible comparisons must be made. It all has to do with sound. Music is organized sound. Those who organise these sounds into patterns are the composers and performers. Humans have hands and feet. They clap and they dance. We all have voices. Around the world we have used our voices in song. The variety is intoxicating. This is the same all over the world and in every time period. External events influence how these organized sounds reach others.