By lhenriks on Feb 24, 2013 in Uncategorized | Comments Off
“Without music, life would be a mistake”
When one thinks about different cultures of the world, music is one of the first things that comes to mind as a central component of life. Music tells a lot about the soul of a people.
In this week’s issue, it is our pleasure to introduce you to the rich music from the countries and the hearts of our contributors. Let us rejoice to the different rhythms from around the world!
Jaime, Lars, Mary and Matt
By rmaeda on Feb 24, 2013 in Japan | Comments Off
What kind of music do you like? What kind of music do you usually listen to? Maybe some of you reading my entry are listening to your favorite music right now!
As you can guess, this week’s topic is music.
What is your image of Japanese music? Read the rest
By ieberz on Feb 24, 2013 in Germany | Comments Off
German music…I don’t really know where I should start. I think everybody knows that some really famous composers are Germans. Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Georg Friedrich Händel and Wilhelm Richard Wagner are probably the most famous and also today, we have great musicians who remind us about the rich German heritage of classic music. Read the rest
By gbustos on Feb 24, 2013 in Argentina | Comments Off
By exploring Argentinian music, you will not only realize its eclectic nature, but also that it is embedded with many aspects of the Argentine culture, traditions, ways of thinking and living of Argentina’s inhabitants. From the well-known Tango to the popular Folklore, singers and song writers express love, friendship, family ties and even anger and protest. Read the rest
By imiranda on Feb 24, 2013 in Bolivia | Comments Off
The music of Bolivia has a long history. Out of all the Andean countries, Bolivia remains perhaps the most culturally linked to the indigenous peoples. Like most of its neighbors, Bolivia was long dominated by Spain and its attendant culture. Read the rest
By wzhang on Feb 24, 2013 in China | Comments Off
Going to KTV is a big thing in China. For birthday celebrations, family get-togethers, weekends hanging out, or even just killing time, KTV is a great place to go.
KTV is the place where we do karaoke. In China, we sing karaoke more privately than in the US. There are many separate karaoke boxes, and people usually sing in front of their friends instead of strangers. So even if they are not good at singing, they won’t be laughed at by others. Friends always support each other in China, and won’t laugh at you while you sing. Read the rest
By hernandm on Feb 24, 2013 in France | Comments Off
When I saw the topic for this week, I instantly thought, oh great, music, so many things to say! Then I looked at my iTunes library… almost no French music in it! Well, maybe not that much to say then… Fortunately, so many tunes came to my mind and I started humming without even noticing.
French music is extremely diverse and is a great component of French culture. It is so varied that I chose to present music through a timeline, from past to present and by theme.
French music is said to be born during the Middle Ages and was mainly religious and was mostly confined to churches and sacred processions. During the same period, troubadours or minstrels created their own music tradition with songs dealing with chivalry and courtly love, close to poetry and satires. Renaissance and then Baroque music developed around ballet at the time of the court of France and it was then used as an element of ballets but also comedies such as Molière’s ones. Read the rest