The Best of Cultures
Dr. Doug Davis
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Louis Armstrong Satch Plays Fats
In listening to Louis Armstrong’s “ Satch Plays Fats” album you get a smooth, bourbon street vibe. You get the vibe as if you were in New Orleans at a jazz concert or parade. Armstrong has a very deep voice which is very noticeable in every song. I noticed the instruments played more than he did, which tells me he enjoyed playing his instruments more than singing. He blends his voice very well with his trumpet, the whole album gives off a laid back vibe to relax to. The album “ Satch Plays Fats” was dedicated to “Fats” Waller, and the two artist had many similarities. They both are very entertaining when it comes to there music ,and both are African Americans who sing from there soul. Evaluation:
In listening to the smooth, trumpet sounds of Louis Armstrong it made me understand the strong meaning behind his music. Just through his lyrics I could feel the pain and struggle in his music of what he was going through in the song “ Black and Blue”. After listening to his CD, I realized how others could possibly start to like his music, it can touch you in a certain way. Overall I did actually like the album, in the beginning I never would have gave jazz a listen or even thought about actually liking some of the music from it. After taking the time to review and listen to Armstrong’s music I found a new interest. What I would like to know is how did he come up with his powerful lyrics, I would like to know if he was in the moment when he wrote his lyrics. They’re very simple lyrics but also very deep.
Leonardo Da Vinci Gardner’s Art Through the Ages
During this semester I took Survey of Art History II and had the privilege to become familiar with many of Da Vinci’s paintings. The painting that caught my eye the most and was breath taking to me was the “Mona Lisa” and his religious painting “The Last Supper”. “Mona Lisa” was painted between 1503 and 1519 in the 16th century. Although it’s a oil based painting it was very popular during the Renaissance. The feature that most people focus on is her eyes, and it is said that Mona Lisa’s eyes follow you in the room. In Da Vinci’s painting it gives off the impression of a dark gloomy night. Although, her facial expression is very plain if you look closely you can see a smirk upon her face. The “Last Supper” is biblically related and is a 15th century painting from the year 1495-1498. The painting is equal and every apostle is giving there undivided attention to Jesus as if he said something shocking. When looking at this painting Da Vinci makes Jesus’ last moments come to life because it looks so realistic.
When I analyzed the painting I came to the conclusion that Leonardo Da Vinci had to be religious himself to create such a spiritual painting. Survey of Art History II helped me to understand the beauty of such great art work through an artist perspective. The class also helped when it came to really going in dept with the artist work. For example, I can easily point out the linear and line perspectives in the “Last Supper” painting it portrays and gives off a 3-D effect.
The Mona Lisa by Da Vinci is very eye caching, literally. Da Vinci made the wardrobe simple to go along with a dark gloomy night because her clothes are a dark, heavy...
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