Saturday, April 2, 2011

Robert Earl Keen "Feelin' Good Again"

saturday off - what's your best lie used for calling in sick?

My friends are visiting from New York with their kids so we're going to hang out at hte hotel; swim, drink, have fun.
Be cool, stay in school, don't drink and drive!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Bob Dylan Live - It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)

NO,NO,NO1 It's not about church music!

don't want to mislead anyone, i'm not in to sacred music, but had a test over it today so was on my mind...learning a lot in that class and, thankfully his test came straight from the text, pretty much. Medieval music...pretty austere. Still use the church modes in modern secular rock...but for now, I'm gonna re-boost my image...with a song...

Gregorian Chant - "Salve Regina"

hey, this blogging is pretty cool

As soon as i get past this test today in Music Lit. which sounds like an easy enough class for a Business major with a guitar...until teste #2 which is all about the Medieval and Renaissance time periods.The medieval era lasted for about 1000 years, beginning 450 AD. This time period also is referred to as the Middle Ages or the Dark Ages. It began with the disintegration of the Roman Empire and with  the rise in power and influence of the Roman Catholic church. We all know what the pious want most...for everybody to be just like them...
To this end, the church did away with musical instruments (due to their use previously in pagan rituals) and gave us the wonderful, unaccompanied liturgical chant. For over 1000 years the official music of  the Roman Catholic Church has been Gregorian Chant- named for Pope Gregory I (the Great) who reigned 590-604.The chant basically consists of melody set to sacred Latin texts. Their texture is monophonic, which is as bad as it sounds and even worse to study but i'd better toil on...on to the Renaissance, humanism, the Enlightenment, the Beatles(a little later). Oh, the earliest found manuscripts depicting musical notation date to c.900AD. These manuscripts did not show any sense of rhythm or beat b/c exact time values were not notated. Study time!