R&B Music and Its Effect on the Life of Filipino Listeners

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Renzo S. Acebuche, John Mark R. Pobre, Artemio L. Bacud

R&B Music and its Effect on the Life of Filipino Listeners Intro
In all aspects of this world that we know, there is no absolute consistency but in the contrary there will always be the “certain” variety of things. Since we Filipinos are “one but diverse” we all vary greatly in some aspects. But, despite the variations, we Filipinos have a strong sense of belongingness with one another enriched by our common characteristics and tendencies. One factor that identifies a Filipino is our great passion for music. To refer to music as a need would be an understatement for it is already a part of us Filipinos, a part that cannot be without if one is to become complete. Before the colonization of the Philippines the early inhabitants of the archipelago already showed a love for and the capacity to make music. Music runs in our blood, it runs in the blood of all Filipinos and therefore it is like a hidden potential that will surely develop if tapped and practiced. A lot of Filipinos in the past and even more in the present have already garnered enough recognition and affirmation that would be more than enough to authenticate my claim about the music truth in the Philippines. A lot of Filipinos have a knack for drawing international spotlight. Background

Rhythm and Blues was and still is a term used for a number of post-war American popular music forms.  The term is credited to Jerry Wexler when he was editing the charts in Billboard magazine (1947).  It replaced the term “race music” which was considered a bit offensive. Today, the rhythm and blues is ides to described any way of pop music that is mostly played and performed by black artists or inspired in tipically black music genres like soul and funk. The early form of R&B was a black version of what would be later called rock music. Rhythm and Blues was heavily influenced by jazz music, particularly by jump music (which was a version of jazz with higher predominance of the saxophone and low presence of the guitar element) as well as gospel. R&B also had influence in some music genres: in jazz it reflected on the appearance of the hard bop genre. There was actually little distinction made by musicians between jaz and R&B. musicians would record songs in both genres. The 1960’s saw a huge increase of popularity for Rhythm and Blues, not only in the USA and but also in the UK . The fact is that, in the UK the social and racial connotation of R&B was not present like in America , and soon, bands like the Rolling Stones and The Animals started to incorporate this style in their rock songs and taking it to huge audiences throughout the world. By the end of the 60’s and through the 70’s, the term Rhythm and Blues was replaced by the words Soul and Motown, but in the last years it was reborn as a way to designate black north American music that includes pop, hip hop, funk and even soul. In this context the term used is simply the abbreviation: R&B. Today, R&B is all over the television, radios and dance floors. It is often regarded as a glamorous style, especially because of video clips, where beautiful girls covered with jewels and make –up dance around men also covered in heavy bling and designer clothes’. Nevertheless it is a genre that since the 90’s has been inspired by albums and singles from a wide variety of other music styles. Problem

Many people worldwide use the News provided by the Media agencies as their main source of information. Do you believe the News you hear? I am sure you do. The same media that provide the news also provide the hip hop and R&B songs that we listen to. It is therefore not justifiable for any of us to say that we believe news has effect on our life but don’t believe that hip hop and R&B and other secular music do. What we listen to influences what we believe. What we believe influences what we do. Thus, our actions are a product of what we...
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