Topic: Music

Thelonious Monk Photo

Thelonius Monk, Alone in San Francisco: A Critical Review

Bendetto Colagiovanni

Thelonious Monk does not simply play the piano–he lives through it.  The instrument is an extension of himself  Each note Monk plays is a cathartic expression of emotion–love, loss, pain, anguish–all conspiring with the virtuoso’s grunts and mumbles to create a sound world unique to the mysterious jazz master, an auditory experience impossible to replicate […]

Album Review of The Velvet Underground & Nico

Sam Jennings

Sam Jennings started attending the University of Missouri in 2012 and is currently pursuing a bachelor of music performance in guitar. He writes in his spare time and fronts a local Columbia rock band, “The Rollups”. He is thankful to Dr. Michael J. Budds for encouraging him and his submission to this journal. He wrote […]

“They’re Making Us Look Bad”: The Problem with the “New” Harlem Shake

Kathryn Bailey (Third Winner)

The Harlem Shake video trend began at the beginning of 2013 when YouTube user Filthy Frank uploaded a short video of himself and some friends gyrating to a dance track on January 30.

Vaudeville and the American Dream

Max Vale

Vaudeville was an expressive, innovative, and quirky form of popular entertainment in America that spanned the turn of the twentieth century. Yet, vaudeville was more than mere entertainment for the American mass culture—it was a reflection of the rapidly changing waters of American life. In the era of vaudeville, from the early 1980s to the early 1930s, American enjoyed a time of unparalleled growth and urbanization, increasing diversity, and upward social mobility.

“Work while the white folks play:” Meta-theater and Greek Chorus in Show Boat

Alexander Taylor

Based on the 1926 Edna Ferber novel of the same name, Show Boat (1937) is an American musical composed by Jerome Kern (1885-1945) with book and lyrics written by Oscar Hammerstein II (1895-1960). It is regarded as a pioneering development in musical theater; deviating from the contemporary trend of loosely connecting collections of popular songs with an inconsequential plot, Kern’s music in Show Boat artfully illustrates a complex story, its characters, and their relationships.

Apple Pie

The Art of Music, Apple Pie, and Coping

Kelly Gehringer

It was another rough week at school full of tests, quizzes, and homework. I sit in my room with my earphones in, completely engulfed in the melodies emitted from the device. As the each track ends and a new one begins, between that three-second pause, I am momentarily lost in anticipation for the next song to bring me a new sense of wonderful oblivion. My heart rate picks up and my eyes close, and suddenly I feel a hand on my shoulder.

Hip Hop 1000

Kendall Dumas

Writing happens in a number of different forms. Student Kendall Dumas composed this original hip hop piece in order to reflect on his experiences in English 1000. This composition is a multimodal performance that builds on the rhetorical theory taught in English 1000.