2.3 Soul and Motown

2.3 Soul and Motown - Soul and Motown Soul Soul is a way of...

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Soul and Motown Soul “Soul is a way of life, but it’s always the hard way” Ray Charles Aretha Franklin – “The House that Jack Built” Her definition of soul… soul is a feeling, you can bring to surface what’s inside ***Came from GOSPEL and BLUES Goes all the way back to the 20’s, weren’t called soul then though Musical characteristics: Melodic freedom Use of MELISMA … several notes over one syllable Expanded vocal range and style of presentation (timbre) Rhythmic freedom Lengthened bars and phrases, 7 bars instead of 4 bar phrases, etc. Whitney Houston – “How Will I Know” History 1940‘s and 1950’s R&B electric sound 1960’s R&B rock and roll “Proud Mary” – Ike and Tina Turner Symbolic things written about it, about womanhood, “rolling on the river”
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2 poles – Aretha Franklin and James Brown Aretha Franklin - in 2 years had 9 hits - 8 years in a row she won the Grammy for best R&B girl singer, “soul” replaced R&B on the Billboard charts -
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