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Have you ever heard a great song which stuck in your head for several days because the rhythm was so unique? If you are a music lover like most people this has certainly happened to you. Some songs are very easy to understand since the singers pretty much spell things out for you, however this doesn't happen in R&B, Pop and Rap genres which are quite popular.
Classic and ballad fans are usually the ones which benefit the most from the music style, songs are slow and the singers have sweet voices which are very understandable, a clear example would be the song "Close to you" by the Carpenters; this song was featured in an Asian movie which is very similar to Charlie's Angels, the way the song was used to blend perfectly with the action scene made this song very popular among those who love the Asian movies genre, regardless of how old the song actually is. Soon after this song's remake there were thousands looking for this song in iTunes, Rhapsody, etc.
Moving on from the ballad genre we have more "up-tempo" songs which fall in the soft rock music genre, these are usually easy to understand since most of these songs were recorded back in the 80's. A sample song from this genre would be "The Power of Love" by Celine Dion, this song's lyrics have been in demand ever since this song was remade and reached top popularity ranks in many countries.
Then we have the Pop/Hip-Hop/R &B genre where lyrics start to get a bit more shady in terms of vocalization, since the rhythm is a lot faster than the two genres described some words tend to be omitted in order to fit the song. This is one of the music genres which makes people hum and repeat the words they actually understood; a good sample would be "Umbrella" by Rihanna. Lovers of this genre are actually funny because they would sing the songs they like without knowing the lyrics so in the case of Umbrella they'd repeat "umbrella, eh -eh-eh, ella, ella..."
The Pop genre extends through many countries and when it comes to J-pop (Japanese pop) the lyrics are certainly needed to understand what the singer is trying to say, sometimes these songs are interpreted in English and Japanese which makes things even harder for people who want to sing along. An great example of this genre is "Beautiful World" by Utada Hikaru, this song mixes both languages quite beautifully. Yet a few more examples are: Koko ni Iru yo feat. Aoyama Thelma by SoulJa and I So Wanted by Rei Fu.
If you like Dance hall, Reggae and Rap then you will definitively need to read the lyrics to even begin to understand what is being said by the singers, a good example is "Get Busy" by Sean Paul; if you have heard this song then you know just how difficult it is to understand what the singer is saying.
For teachers of ESL and EFL, it is necessary to go beyond the book and use alternative activities in the classroom. What could be more fun than using songs to teach English? Here are seven ways that you can use music to make your classroom more exciting.
Cloze or Fill-In-The-Blank Worksheets
One of the simplest ways to introduce a song is to remove all appearances of the grammar point from the lyrics. For example, if the grammar point is adjectives, and the lyrics are, "I'm so tired," the fill-in-the-blank worksheet will show, "I'm so ______." Give your students the worksheets and have them try to fill in the blanks while listening to the song.
Another popular activity is to cut up all the lyrics. Most people seperate them by line, but you could even do it by phrase, that's your choice. Divide the class into teams and give each team a set of lyrics. Play the song and have them try to put all the lines in the correct order.
Act Out The Verb
If the song you are playing uses a lot of verbs, play the song for them once without any lyrics. Every time the students recognize a verb, they have to act it out. This can be a lot of fun and gets the class relaxed.
Listening for Points
To introduce a song to the class, divide them into two teams. Explain that the song contains a certain grammar point that you have been studying. If someone hears that grammar point, they must raise their hand. If they identify it correctly, their team gets a point. It's a good idea to pause the song at this point so that you don't miss anything.
If the song you are using is not related to a specific grammar point, but instead to a theme, that's okay! Play the song first without the lyrics and have students write down anything they hear that is relevant to the theme: nouns, verbs, adjectives, etc.
Combinations of Topics
Of course, the above activities can be combined or altered to make different activities. For example, Act Out The Verb and Listening for Points could be combined to make a fun and competitive activity. I find that students often get more involved when it is a competition, even if there isn't a prize!
Sing the Song!
After any activity, remember to take a few minutes and sing the song as a class! The students enthusiasm will be influenced by yours, so be excited about it. Singing the song after these games will give your students a sense of accomplishment. They have just learned some authentic material and are proud of it!
Certain Music Blog
Well, first I think I’d like to say that I’m glad that I found nwmusicblog.com. It seems to be a real liberating place for real music discussion, that’s REALLY related to local music.
I read two blogs recently, one from New York, and another in England. They were both referring to the “Portland Scene” specifically. The blog was intentionally addressed to Portland as a separate entity from Seattle… I found this first attribute to be laughable. The next attribute was their aesthetic descriptions of the Portland scene… I had no idea what they were talking about, and I’ve been playing the Portland scene for 6 years now. No such environment exists that they were describing.
I won’t go on to elaborate, but I think it’s quite comical how hard people are trying to hold on to a dying idea. The Portland music environment is quite an anomaly. Here’s my observation:
Bands from afar look at the NW as a mecca for musical development. The bands that have so much CURRENT success from the area (Modest Mouse, The Decemberists), have convinced the bands that come here that this is the music that we all make here in Portland. Therefore, they all come to Portland with this lame music, and say it’s Portland music.
This is what I believe the people in the media are talking about. They say it’s the, “Portland Music Scene”.
The G Word
I would make the argument that this is definitely not the case, but a very different idea is true. Those that I grew up with here in Oregon, are all fans of heavy GRUNGE music. OOOOHHH NOOOOO, I said it! Not that word! UGGGHHHH, HISSSSSSSSS!!! That’s right GRUNGE. Or, should I say instead, punk rock. Bands like, Tad, Napalm Beach, Dead Moon, The Wipers, or the more esteemed counter parts, Nirvana, Alice In Chains, Soundgarden and Pearl Jam.
I can attest to the TRUTH that this area is infamous for it’s DIY movement. I would suggest that this value still exists, and best identifies this scene to this day. And I should ALSO suggest that the sound is grungier and nastier than ever.
Here’s another simple truth…
NO ONE GOES TO HEAR THE MUSIC
That’s not to say there’s people going to the shows. I definitely think that’s going on, but in my observation, it’s all a conglomeration of the dance party, night life scene. NOT the rock and roll, liberate your minds idea. However, there’s defintely something to say about the metal movement. There’s definitely kids going to the Satyricon to hear the metal bands, but we’d all have to start METAL bands to fit in with this. My theory is that this is an extension of the Californian exodus (Californian corporate investors moving in on Oregon). Plus, it’s still more bands that AREN’T from Oregon.
Do I have a problem with this? Absolutely not. I think it’s great that people are making music that they love. however I think the world that we live in today music gets everywhere, and people get everywhere at a rate unlike any other. The “Portland” scene doesn’t exist. It’s really the “American” scene and it just happens in Portland, because they’re people from all over the country that make their way into Portland because it’s the new, “Indie” L.A. …. might I suggest that it’s because there’s so many people moving here from L.A.?
I’m pretty much rambling here, but I thought I’d get off to a start with speaking my mind. Is there great music in Portland? Absolutely!
I guess I’m just looking for suggestions on how we can start getting people to care about it…
I’m PROBABLY wrong. Tell me your experience has been different.