The Social Context of Music in New York
Living in New York seems to be one of the significant events that can occur is a person’s life. Historically, it is understood that New York is a city vibrant of strong cultures that have been a formality for the people of New York. Several historical events can be associated with the people of New York. Sport and music are some of the fundamental ancient practices that are associated with the people in this city. This has assisted much in understanding how the city’s culture came to existence. The communities that have lived in New York for the most extended amount of time relate much to the activities that are in the root of the city’s culture. Cultural forms came as a result of diversification of inhabitants creating an environment for the adoption of new cultures. The art of painting, dancing, and making literature and visuals are among the ancient social contexts that connect the people of New York to their past. Afterwards, New York has diversified into novels and film making, creating a modern culture of New York, which is exaggerated on the television shows podcasted.
The city of New York is an enjoyable city to research, and it ensures the complete exploration of history in books and the internet. For the complete documentation of this research, several scholarly articles have been analyzed and relevant contents retrieved. Most of the research has been based on a book available on Google books. Several web-based historical journals have been read, and desirable contents from them added to the research. Further depth of knowledge from the past has been found on videos showing the past people of New York and the development of New York city. Based on my observations, many diverse cultures and societies in America were first evident in New York. Music was the first dominant culture in New York, and jazz was first introduced to the people of New York City in the 1950s by some black and white singers like Presley Elvis, Carl Perkins, and Bill Halley.
The American culture from New York has created a divisive most entertaining musical set up in the world, music from rock and roll, jazz, blues, old school rap, and new modern rap has traced its roots to the heart of New York City. Most of these developments were due to the advancement of kinds of music to the local vernacular levels, which touched the social ways of the society. Several musical profiles across the globe developed in America as a unifying factor to the cultures available. Several community groups and classes who lived in New York had an association with various types of music. The poor were associated with the American folk songs while a better class were often associated with jazz, then rock and roll. The rock and roll spiced up the streets before the introduction of new modern music. Several dance moves were associated with the rock and rolls, and their instrumentals were on another high level that it was impossible to sit to a jazz song or a concert.
Spirits of innovation conquered the streets of personalities in New York who influenced a revolutionary wave in the continuity of the musical culture lick Rockefeller, Nelson Aldrich (1908-1979). Having been from a wealthy family, Nelson Aldrich was in high influential position since his father was an oil tycoon and the most exceptional representative of post-World War II liberal republicanism (Debolt et al., 2012). John D. Rockefeller, Aldrich’s father, was one-time a vice president in the united states under Gerald Ford. Aldrich’s father had previously rejected appointment as vice president under his former president Richard Nixon. Although he was ambitious of clinging the presidential post, he was unlucky never to get any chance. John D. Rockefeller did great things for New York while he was governor for fifteen years. His son Aldrich was a natural-born leader amongst his brothers and was trusted by his father to be the director of Rockefeller Center in the 1930s to the 1940s. He used his father’s available resources to build an art museum with the help of his mother. He was a very experienced entrepreneur who made valuable investments in Standard oil Venezuelan subsidiary and led Rockefeller to develop interests in the South American development. With the help of financing from his friends, he developed a local finance industry in Venezuela, intending to better the lives of his people through responsible capitalist expansion (Debolt et al., 2012). This was the most popular and relevant reference to Rockefeller’s contribution to foreign aid.
Oldham, Jagger, and Richards influenced Aldrich’s interest in music and his role in its development as part of New York City’s culture. Rockefeller formed a song writing partnership that at long last hit the streets of New York with classics like “The Last Time” of 1964. The Last Time was the first Jagger and Richards show which hit the top ten in American charts and was the beginning of an exploded path to international fame. Several sets of songs, including the “satisfaction” and “Let’s Spend the Night Together,” were recorded. With Oldham’s speciality in music promotion, images of artists began to roll over the streets up to reaching the international levels. Major televisions were interested in making shows with them, and followed up was a series of tours (Debolt et al., 2012).
Rock and roll were one of the eldest music genres that originated from the city of New York. Elvis Presley, known as the “King of Rock’ n’ Roll,” dominated the old eras of music for two decades after he self-steered his music career. After completing his high school, he recorded his first song, “That’s All Right Mama,” and got a massive twenty thousand copy sales. He then reached the top 100 country charts when he realized his 1955 “Mystery Train.” His music was iconic and showed a great combination of country music could make in conjunction with rhythm and blues. He brought up his living legend status by a series of outstanding records that include “Hound Dog,” “Don’t Be Cruel,” “Love me Tender,” ‘All Shook Up,” and “It’s Now or Never.” Elvis led the music from its development to its peak in the 1960s, and his complete dominance in a two-decade run-up to his demise. He created a substantial impact on the New York’s culture, which was diverse from the modes of dressing, hairstyles, and even change of behavior. During his time as the Top recording artist, he achieved ten hit sales that got a platinum label and 136 records that hit the gold label.
Most people were attracted to the new wave of music as they were progressively turning up to be perfect with their rhythms and the mastered art of performance by the pioneer entertainers. New York City had all kinds of people conjoined who had come to America for different reasons. The African Americans who are currently known for their significant contribution in America’s music and individually New York’s music, at the birth of the vernacular music, there was a breakthrough with the black musicians and people who were well to always ready to get entertained as they filled concert halls and fields. There was no music for any race, and music is everybody’s food for the soul.
Although music brought a breakthrough to the entertainment in New York, it also became a hideout for gangs and gang-related activities. It was difficult for the government to contain gangs who ruined the reputation of the people of New York terrorizing residents and the government authorities. The type of culture created by music was well known as mass and Avant Grande. Music labels have been created that helped produce music from the times in the start. Several music schools have been set up in New York to provide in-depth analysis and to equip upcoming songwriters, singers, and producers to get the right content desired by the target audience. The Julliard School is the best music school of music in the world in New York was founded in 1905 and has since helped in preserving and bringing the necessary manipulations to the cultural context of New York people.
The immigrants who came to New York had opportunities to explore and study music at The Manhattan School of music, which accepted every new member to learn music in the city of New York. It could offer higher music degrees as early as 1920. Music is a social movement on its own. Music can be used to express feelings by society, an individual, or a group of people towards a particular thing. Most social movements can express dissatisfaction with the person or people in society over what is bothering them. Music acted as tools for people to air their grievances to people of how they felt against political ideas an economic factor in their country.
When a song about a real-life issue was released, the members of the community expected for an address of the difficulty or concern they were having. This socially moved the motive was then the best way to have a voice heard because there were reduced chances of the airing of views. Music is never music when it doesn’t follow a certain kind of order from writing, recording, releasing, and up to performing it to the masses. Messages relayed by the song had to be in chronological order for it to be precise and never to deviate from the message it was intended to relay. This characterized music as a social movement.
There are several groups of people in New York who believe strongly in music and its ideas. Mostly, the African Americans’ are associated with rap music and believe strongly that every African American in New York must be able to write down some rap music or sing rap. Music was being used as controversial topics for it to gather the attention of the public. Some could make up music or artists propagandas to elevate the music thirst in public for a beneficial gain. Music often influenced public opinions of the target groups as they have been used in political campaigns and in making accessible some recording labels. Music that brought change to public opinions was known to move the social perspective and perceptions of the people.
Societies dressing ways, hairstyles, and behaviours were influenced more by the music presented to them. In this case, rap brought a different wear style that includes the wearing of chains and hanging trousers. This has transformed the community by expanding its social interactive abilities and incorporation of new cultures. In cases of ideological differences and protests that needed to be done to air the concern or give a view over an idea or event, music was used to organize and execute protests in an organized manner that led to the voice being heard.
Music was considered a revolutionary, reformative, redemptive, and alternative social movement because it provided alternative ways of solving issues and airing them. It also reformed the gospel believe in God by generating a more robust perception of the scripture. Songs were redemptive by healing sorrows and calming one’s spirits and feelings about a specific idea affecting him negatively (Cayton et al., 1993). Revolutions could be organized and steered by music that leads to better and improved environments for everybody’s coexistence. Reforms in governments and private institutions are core addresses in the music urge of social modification for a better change and enhanced lifestyles in the community.
New York is undoubtedly the home of diverse cultures. Music is not the only cultural form that exists in New York that can create and impact asocial movement to the city. Dancing, art, and painting are other primary cultural forms that have influenced the picture portrayed by New York over the years. Over the years, more cultural forms have been developed in New York and keep being developed by the New York residents who come from all over the world, creating a new culture to be adopted and used over time. A fictional representation of New York culture has been created over time that has led a lot of confusion and almost covered up the real history and traces of its culture. In most films and television shows, New York is portrayed as a diverse culture with no specific roots but seems to have been created, setting aside the old cultural forms and forming others to adapt to the new social environment. Most films associate New York as the most prestigious city to live on earth. Other than prestige, most film coverage shows the city covered by a culture of thuggery that the New York police department fight daily to contain. Although I not much associated with drugs, it often is the centre of racist and racial activities due to its background diversification. Political environments in New York can be termed as focused and service efficient since it is a community that government actions must serve the interests of every resident. Since the oldest times, New York has had a peaceful political environment, and all governments have always worked with the public to offer beneficial services as they uphold the cultural forms and social values of the communities. Tycoon’s like john Rockefeller who made New York and his son with others help built music, which has been seen to be a top-class selling point of attraction to New York by people all over the world.
People in the United States have great affection for music and to cultures generated by music. It is the creation of music that led to the founding of dance and wearing styles by the people in the United States. An economic balance and uplift of New York have been greatly influenced by entertainment, more jobs and workplaces have been set up. Lastly, New York has tended to be more populated over the past and is the most populous city in the united states has attracted several occupants by their profound cultural and social change from improved advanced cultural forms. The old cultural forms have made New York the most visited place by tourists who visit the city from other parts of the world. As an honour of Rockefeller, a university was established which honoured his family’s effort in uplifting and bringing a cohesive musical culture to the people of New York. Art led to the engineering and building of the most gigantic skyscrapers in New York to make a reality of the art perception of the older people. Innovators fed the audience with one of their missing desires, and the institutions have facilitated the social interactions and changes brought by movements catching the eye of its residents. This has made New York City the home of cultures.
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