New music, old music, everything from electronica to hip hop to bluegrass. The Beat Box will simply be a blog-avenue for music exposure that bypasses commercial media and gets us all listening to something new. With a short review on the musicians, the aesthetic quality of their songs, and why they captivate us, this is your brain, your life, and your weekend on music.
Saturday, February 27, 2016
I've got so much honey, the bees envy me
Bunny Wailer, 2014
Reggae is a musical genre with Jamaican roots dating back to
the 1960’s. Before that time, reggae was in its infancy, gaining
influence from calypso, American jazz, rhythm, blues, New Orleans R & B and
even artists like Fats Domino (pretty cool, huh?). Reggae blossomed into a
genre of its own and evolved further out of ska and rocksteady to become the
unique sound style it is today.
Reggae is a musical method that is heavily reliant on the
bass guitar as percussion. Peppered elements of African music, jazz, and blues
interweave, while performers characteristically sing of political woes,
religion, social criticism, and love’s confusion. An often off-beat rhythm and
upbeat tempo create a thick, yet buoyant musical texture that transports the
listener to an easy breezy beachy place.
Close your eyes, let the music take you to a wood-floored
tiki hut, tasty beverage in hand, friends chillin’, volleyball in the distance,
groovy feelings, shorts, no shoes, hammock swinging, as you look up at the
evening sky and relax in utter bliss to a live reggae lullaby.