Email this sample to a friend


Published by PigeonMusic at Smashwords

Copyright Pigeon Music 2009

Smashwords Edition, License Notes This ebook is licensed for your personal enjoyment only. This ebook may not be re-sold or given away to other people. If you would like to share this book with another person, please purchase an additional copy for each person you share it with. If you’re reading this book and did not purchase it, or it was not purchased for your use only, then you should return to and purchase your own copy. Thank you for respecting the hard work of this author

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.

Previous Page Next Page Page 1 of 85