Music Production Lessons 2023

August 16, 2023 — Jt Spratley

I read a lot about American music history from Dr. Claud Anderson's magnum opus "Powernomics" and book series. Most within this Black music history listacle come from "Black Labor White Wealth" and "Dirty Little Secrets."

Music Genre Origins

Dr. Anderson claims that Jazz is a shortened version of what whites first called "Jack ass music."

Blues was defined as church music improvised by freed slaves who couldn't read hymn books or musical notes, and old slave work songs. Whites called it "race music."

Happier music was known as Dixieland or Ragtime, though whites called it "coon music." Whites copied the styles and called it "Swing."

Kwanzaa and African Music

"The Black Candle (Official Kwanzaa Film)" led me to Toumani Diabaté & Sidiki Diabaté and their musical instrument of choice, the kora. The kora instrument is more rare than the kalimba (thumb piano).

If the Kwanzaa history documentary interests you, check out "500 Years Later" and the unofficial African Code.

Ice Cream Song Origin

Are you aware of the origins to the ice cream song, Harry C. Browne's "Nigger Love A Watermelon, Ha! Ha! Ha!" from 1916?

Random Music History

Robert "Bob" Cole, Jr. was a Black instrumentalist and composer in the late 1800s.

Here's a video of Rock 'n' Roll legend Fats Domino performing Blueberry Hill.

To end on a happier note, this is just funny.

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