"I messed up," Calvin Newton lamented, after losing thirty years and doing time in either nation and federal prisons for robbery, counterfeiting, and drug violations. "These have been years of my lifestyles that i'll were making a song gospel track. " in the course of his major, he was once super-handsome, athletic, and charged with sexual aura that attracted ladies to him like flies to honey.
Zoe C. Sherinian indicates how Christian Dalits (once often called untouchables or outcastes) in southern India have hired song to protest social oppression and as a car of liberation. Her concentration is at the existence and theology of a charismatic composer and chief, Reverend J. Theophilus Appavoo, who drew on Tamil people song to create a particular kind of indigenized Christian track.
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1 The newspapers in the district, however, had been carrying reports of increasing opportunities for African-Americans in the musical activities in New York City, and especially the recent successes of black musical theater, for several years. "2 As a popular entertainer, said the American the following year, the Negro "has always been a success. Nearly all the leading vaudeville, speciality, and variety shows have engaged first class colored talent for next season. Coon songs are popular. " 4 Among them was John Europe.
28 All of these, with the exception, possibly, of the celli, are plucked or strummed and, when performed by a tightly coordinated aggregate, would provide the strongly rhythmical effect that was often noted. Such an instrumentation would be effective both in conveying the kind of syncopated music that Will Marion Cook was then composing as well as sound authentic "On the Gay Luneta" 31 to the Southern African-American musical tradition from folk music and spirituals through minstrelsy. The success of this unusual instrumentation, both popularly and musically, had a particularly strong influence on Jim Europe, who would attempt to build upon it when he organized his large 100-member Clef Club, Tempo Club, and National Negro Orchestras in the next decade.
In his judgment, the orchestra was simply "vile, cues were not taken up fast enough by the director," despite the fact that Mr. "16 Clermont, a songwriter and bandleader in his own right, and Russell both received the impression that Europe was responsible for writing much of the music as well as for directing the orchestra, but neither could verify the fact. " It is possible, therefore, that his growing reputation as a songwriter could have encouraged the impression that he had moved on into musical comedy.
A Life in Ragtime: A Biography of James Reese Europe by Reid Badger