Popular Music and History
The definition of music according to dictionary.com states; Music ( n) - an art of sound in time that expresses ideas and emotions in significant forms through the elements of rhythm, melody, harmony, and color. If you look back through history you will see many ways history has influenced music, and how music has done the same for history. In the beginning music was used as a tool for communication on the battlefield as well as a recreational pastime. Now we use music to communicate our emotions or show our patriotism. The greatest example of this would be the song “Where were you when the world stopped turning” by Alan Jackson. The song gives perspective on the historical events of September 11th and the emotions we all felt. Through out history popular music has changed, however popular music has always played a decisive role in every aspect of society.
For the Greeks and Romans, Music played a very vital role in times of battle. In that time period it was very difficult to communicate with troops over a long distance. So to help that problem “Both used brass and percussion instruments to send information on the march, in the field and in camp” (Trotter, 2005, page 1). Also during this time music played a large part in society, you can see signs of this because “Musicians were even employed to travel with the armies to play to remind solders and citizens of the courage of past hero’s” (Trotter, 2005, page 1). Now as we move forward through time, to the United States. Even during the Civil War we were still using music to communicate on the battle field. The United States employed the use of drum and fifes to convey information to troops. As well as give a recreational pastime. However as time passed the development of communication had replaced the use if sending information. As times were changing so was the use of music on society.
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