Test #3

                 There is a critical point in every person’s life where they either second guess the path they are taking or decide to take another path, leading to another journey. The Beatles and Led Zeppelin both went through this in their musical career. Because they are two very influential and popular bands, this point was very obvious and highly important.

                The Beatles: a peppy, fun, and cute band. These words described them when they came to the U.S. best, in their early years at least. When The Beatles first came out they had tunes like, “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” and “She Loves You”. All the songs they had were upbeat and fun. Later on in their career, that sound began to change. Newer songs like “Long And Winding Road”, “Black Bird”, and their most influential and famous, “Let It Be” came out. These songs were less childish and fun, but more serious and sounded older. Was this because The Beatles themselves were getting older or was it because of another reason?

                Led Zeppelin: a bluesy, soulful, and modest band. This is how they would be described when they first arrived in America. There most famous early songs were “Whole Lotta Love”, “Immigrant Song”, and of course “Stairway To Heaven”. When you listened to these songs you heard the soul in Robert Plant’s voice, the rawness he could make and blues sound the whole band created. In my own opinion, I don’t like Rock but the sound of early Led Zeppelin, the blues sound, was very appealing. But then, they changed their sound. It wasn’t as soulful and not bluesy sounding by any means. Robert plant’s voice while singing was new and now almost more country sounding. Not only did the voice of Led Zeppelin change but all the music got much lighter and a whole lot simpler. Does this also have to do with their age or is it something more?

                I believe that The Beatles and Led Zeppelin had one major thing in common: maturity. It wasn’t because they wanted something new as much, but they got to that point in life where they didn’t want to be known as fun and cute, for The Beatles, and the blues band, for Led Zeppelin. They grew older and realized that’s not the sound they wanted. But the main thing was they didn’t  particularly care about what their fans thought. They were going to make the music they wanted to make, not to please others, but to please themselves as artists.

                They also had differences though. When The Beatles matured, I don’t believe it was all of the band’s idea. I think Paul McCartney was more the leader in this decision. This statement made because he turned into the main singer/songwriter. So, as his lyrics began to change, the band followed and that became their new sound, more mature and serious. Led Zeppelin on the other hand was the opposite. They all changed their sound to fit that one sound they now favored. And though it wasn’t as raw as before, they all made a difference that changed the band’s sound as a whole.

Blog Posting #9

 

              Tis the season to be… Thankful! I am thankful for many things but music is one of the biggest. The type of music I am most thankful for is R&B and rap. I am thankful for this mostly because of the lyrics. When listening to these kinds of songs I listen to the lyrics. When I hear R&B I can really connect to it. The reason for this is because it’s mostly about love, having fun, and practical things a teenager can relate to. When I listen to rap it’s a little harder to connect to but at the same time its things to look out for in the future, which is why I’m thankful for it. Rap lyrics are usually about life and others’ past, how they made things better. When hearing these lyrics I’m thankful because I haven’t went through all the struggles they rap about. There isn’t really anyone that introduced me to this type of music I’m thankful for. It slowly evolved after listening to R&B. It would start with Beyonce, who would remind me of an artist, which would have me listen to Chris Brown, and he had a song with this artist who kind of sounded like Big Sean, etc. It all went on from there. I am thankful for all this music because it lets me be who I want to be, and have a different taste then someone else.

Test #2 Take #2

The British Invasion has influenced today’s culture in more than one way: musically and non-musically. When you think of the ways music and the artists of our time has transformed, do you think of the people who actually influenced them? Bands like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Animals and The who were apart of The British Invasion and the reason Rock & Roll changed to a more edgy sound. The 1960’s  not only change the people but it changed the way you will see Rock & Roll forever.

Musically, The British Invasion had a huge impact in the 60’s. Starting with The Beatles, who were more proper and quiet for rock & roll compared to other British bands. They were more of the type of people you could take home to your parents for a nice dinner. With the songs like “She Loves You”, everyone got so caught up in the tune most  not know how to handle it, especially the teenage girls.  One of their most famous songs when they first came out was, “I Wanna’ Hold Your Hand.” In this song it said, “Oh I’ll tell you something, I bet you’ll understand. When I say that something, I wanna’ hold your hand.” This attracted many young girls and because their songs were so catchy, they got caught up in the tune and fell for The Beatles instantly. This is when the term Beatlemania came about.

Next is The Rolling Stones. This band was bluesier, not as catchy as The Beatles, but still just as affective. Their music was simple, and much easier to make and go along with. The Animals were another band that had an effect on music today. They had more of a raw sound that was a little harder to catch because they were right in the middle of the bluesy and angry sound. Their song “House Of The Rising Sun” was probably their most popular song.

Unlike The Rolling stones or The Animals, there was another band that had a great affect but in a different way. The Who was an angry band. All of their songs had to do with rebellion, anti-establishment, and the unwillingness to conform to what others thought was proper and right. In the song “Talkin’ Bout’ My Generation,” there is a line that says, “I hope I die before I’m old.” This line really shows how angry they were. In that song they are saying that people are trying to bring them down for the way they act but they don’t care and they rather rebel the more they complain because they are talking about their generation.

Besides musically, the British Invasion still had an impact on today’s culture. I think The Who is the best example of the impact it had. When The Who came out and people saw and heard how angry and even violent they were, it was a little bit to handle after hearing The Beatles. Not only was their music different but so was their style, attitude and perspectives. They had a much louder look. They did not wear suits and bow ties like The Beatles sometimes did. They were more with the rough look wearing flannels and jeans and any way they can stand out and rebel. Growing their hair longer was another way they got the edgy look. Of course The Who’s attitude was different than any other rock bands’ in the 60’s.They did not care what people thought of them and the more people did not like them, the happier they were. This is what made The Who so appealing. Instead of having problems and moving on, they rather sit and soak in the badness then make things better. Many people saw them act like this and like the thought of rebellion. It was not the norm and lots were willing to try it. Still today we have kids listen to this music and not want to follow the rules of “The Man.”

The British Invasion changed Rock & Roll. Without all of the variety, there would not have been real music in the 60’s. Even today The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Animals and The Who are all very popular and their music will never die and stay just in the 1960’s. It will carry on and become an even greater impact in the years to come.