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    Swing music originated by musicians modifying forms of “jazz", so that by the 1930’s a new form of music emerged called “swing”. Swing is characterized by very large bands, fixed, usually written arrangements, and solos by individual musicians in turn. Swing bands typically used an upright or double bass instead of a tuba and played repeated riffs to give the music a propulsive rhythmic force. Swing combined harmonic sophistication with danceable rhythms and compelling individual improvisations. Swing bands ranged from groups like Count Basie with his “Kansas City” style that emphasized blues and was very “riff” oriented, to the Duke Ellington and Glenn Miller bands with more of an orchestral range. (Between the Wars: The Swing Era.) Swing is a distinctively American form of music and characterized the popular culture of the 1930’s. Swing was not just music, but a culture of swing jazz with it’s own dances, clothing styles and slang. There were several dictionaries of “jive” to explain the special language of swing. A lot of this slang came from a drug subculture and seems to have very little to do with the musicians who often disliked it. However, the slang made its way across America and in the 1930’s, Lavada Durst, one of the first African American disk jockeys, called himself “Dr. Hepcat”. (Between the Wars: The Swing Era) I found it very interesting that a lot of slang that sprung form from the swing era is still in use today, or you can tell was born…

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    The Bebop Era

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    gradually for public listening as the other styles had" Tanner. Although the ban may have actually helped the development of bebop as musicians would not have to concern themselves with commercially viable records. Therefore giving the opportunity to focus and develop their skills for bebop. There were however, a few influential musicians who were able to produce recordings and albums during this AFM band. The most influential people of bebop would include Billy Eckstine, Charlie "Bird"…

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    Charlie Chaplin once said, “To truly laugh, you must be able to take your pain, and play with it.” Charlie Chaplin was the best comedian actor performing in the 20th century. He had everyone on the edge of their seats laughing through their tears, the mark of a true comedic actor. He knew how to play with his audience and make them laugh at everything, which is a rare trait that not everyone possess. Now since he has passed, Bill Murray has kept up his work by making people laugh at…

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    Charlie Chaplin is most well-known for his character The Tramp, as well as writing, directing, and starring in his own films. Just as Hollywood was moving into “talkies” or films with sound, Chaplin was still going against the grain. He remained one of the last silent film stars until the release of the political satire comedy-drama The Great Dictator in 1940. Besides his singing part in Modern Times, this was the first time audiences heard Chaplin’s true voice. The Great Dictator tells the…

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    Nothing is Needed for Something Many people judge their success on how much they have and the material possessions around them; Ernest Hemingway, however, believes people must accept they are nothing to achieve true success and happiness. Nothingness is a difficult concept for many to grasp, but it becomes more clear with age what nothingness means. People also often do not want to accept or believe they are nothing in the world. Most believe they have a specific purpose and are in some way…

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    shows how the protagonist, Charlie Gordon, tries to change the way he is viewed in society from a mentally incapacitated individual to having a highly developed, profound mind. Give more background: An example of this is revealed after he speaks to Alice Kinnian and feels slightly rejected and says: “One of the things that confuses me is never really knowing when something comes up from my past, (…) I’m like a man who’s been half-asleep all his life, trying to find out what he was like before…

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    In the horrific and altered world of the novels called “the year of the flood” by Margaret Atwood and “the walking dead” by Robert Kirkman, both authors show many faces of femininity through different characters and different atmospheres. Both novels are dealing with end of the world crisis as in Margaret Atwood’s book the humans are dying from virus and power is going to the wrong hands and the laws begin to change, effecting the norm. While in Kirkman’s novel zombies are wiping out the human…

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    By the 1940s, most of the jazz music scene was Swing Jazz, it was classically structured harmonies, commercialized big bands and it had limited room for improvisation; most of the bands at the time were limited in uniqueness. Such a borderline bland music scene proved fertile ground for Bebop, but what started as a musical form unknown, or at least not meant to be known, by the public, played in afterhours of nightclubs, was revolutionized by the alto-sax player, Charlie Parker. Despite his…

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    Schulz became famous around the world. He also won a Peabody and Emmy awards, for Charlie Brown Christmas. “You're a good Man Charlie Brown” was on broadway in 1967 and ran for four years (Charles). His work was published in nineteen different languages. They produced many clothes, stationery, toys, games, and others. They even made a book called “Why? Charlie Brown, Why?”. “Why? Charlie Brown, Why?” became a tv show to help kids understand cancer, this was inspired by his mom which died from…

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    The author of our textbook states that “the freedom that Sartre discovers in phenomenology is much more radical than that found in everyday life by the person-in-the-street, and indeed Sartre argues that the goings-on of everyday experience disguise from us the depth of our freedom” (Palmer, 244-245). We have the choice as to whether or not to get up in the morning. Knowing that we must make this choice everyday takes the unease out of the equation. It is an everyday occurrence that covers…

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