Gracefully Broken Vs. Touch the Hem of His Garment Song Comparison Gracefully Broken Possesses a gentle sound Consists mostly of repetition Complex harmonization Uses poliphony. The song contains the piano, guitar, full percussion, and string instruments all playing different parts. 6 minutes long Full choir singing in the background Similarities Both make use of the piano and guitar. Both contain call and response. […]

The Jackson 5

Early Years The Jackson 5 consisted of five brothers: Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon, and Michael. The family is originally from Gary, Indiana, where they lived in a two-bedroom home, stretched to accommodate nine people. The children lived under strict rule, as their mother, Katherine Jackson, was a devoted Jehovah’s Witness, and their father, Joe Jackson, […]

Black & Feelin’ Blue

James Baldwin once said, “To be a Negro and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage all the time.” These words have not rang more true in any other genre than blues. Blues music arose in a time where hard times plagued the black community. The genre emerged in the United States […]

Carl Craig: The Techno Virtuoso

Early Years Carl Craig was born in Detroit, Michigan, where he first developed his love for music at Cooley High School. After hearing the iconic Derrick May’s show on the radio, he used a dual-recording cassette player to work on his own music. Eventually, he was able to get his hands on more advanced instruments, […]

Travis Scott

Before the Fame On April 30, 1992, a musical genius was born. Jacques Berman Webster II, better known as Travis Scott, is an American rapper, producer, songwriter, and all-around icon. Scott was born in Houston, Texas to a middle-class family, but grew up in the suburbs of Missouri City. His mother sold phones at an […]

Norfolk Jubilee Quartet

The Beginning The Norfolk Jubilee Quartet, initially known as the Norfolk Jazz, was the most renowned and impactful jubilee quartet to emerge from Virginia in the 1900s. The group was founded by bass singer Len Williams and baritone Delroy Hollins. They began to perform publicly as early as 1919, where they specialized in jazz and […]

Negro Spirituals: A Reclamation of Religion

Origin  Enslaved Africans were introduced to Christianity in the seventeenth century. Initially, slaves were not entirely receptive to the religion, as it did not align with their own beliefs. However, the slaves became entranced by Biblical stories and how closely they parallelled to their own lives. Africanized Christianity was then embraced by the slave community, […]

An Exploration of African American Folk Music

African American folk music arose as a result of the transatlantic slave trade. Africans were dispersed into an international web of subjugation, torn away from their homes and all things familiar. However, even as they were forced into bondage, enslaved Africans held onto memories of African customs. Their ability to keep tradition afloat amidst their […]

Alyssa Tasker

My name is Alyssa and I am a first-year economics major from Detroit, Michigan.