Are changes reshaping classical music itself? Change is life. I’m an extremely positive person. I never live in negativity. I believe people like me are present in all times. Therefore, there’s nothing like old times having gone present times are equally good. Classical music has moved along with the times. The fact that it’s performed all over exemplifies how classical music is alive and any art which is alive is subject to change. That’s natural. There’s no such thing like classical music being on the decline. In fact, i’d say classical music is moving forward, aesthetically and scientifically. Earlier, it was like a Himalaya today, it’s like a sea with rivers and tributaries. Given technology and media, do young people have the patience to learn over years? This whole thing about having to learn for years earlier was all because there was no choice technology wasn’t so advanced and there was nothing much to do.
Pandit Jasraj: Earlier, classical music was like Himalaya — today, it’s like a sea
Friday night at North Coast, impending weather caused a temporary evacuation of the Union Park grounds forcing thousands of festivalgoers into the city’s west side. A set by Capital Cities was cut short, but they managed to perform Chartreuse, Kangaroo Court and Farrah Faucets Hair. While the festival was extended an extra hour once the weather had passed, Friday’s headlining set by alt dance-pop band Passion Pit ultimately became a live DJ set after much of their equipment was reportedly destroyed by the storms. Most of you may have heard Aloe Blacc when his track with Avicii (Wake Me Up) first saw the light of day in Aviciis promo mix. Or when his tune I Need A Dolla took over the airwaves last year. Blaccs vocal chords showed his range and showmanship and also engaged the crowd thoroughly. Future Rock , the Chicago native trio performed with heavy synth, heavy bass and electro jams for a proper set for the masses. Seven Lions mixed with a perfect flow of electro, house, dubstep and more. Gramatik had his live guitarist there by his side for his set and also surprised the audience with Cherub , who performed a song! Hip-hop legend and matriarch, Nas showed the crowd why he is considered a lyrical genius with his verses cause uproar to a reciting crowd. Headliner, Afrojack filled his set with big anthems, big beat drops and showcased his rising popularity in the electronic dance music scene. Rain was in the forecast again on Sunday and held off for most of the day though it did force an early end to the festival closing, headlining set by hip-hop ensemble Wu-Tang Clan with concertgoers once again advised to prematurely evacuate festival grounds. They managed to perform Clan In Da Front and C.R.E.A.M. followed by a tribute to deceased former member, Ol Dirty Bastard with Shimmy Shimmy Ya. A Sunday night set by local soul-punks JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound was halted after one song.
Desperately Seeking Music Equality: Looking Beyond Macklemore’s ‘Same Love’ Success
Most glaringly, as The Huffington Post’s Danielle Cadet pointed out last month , not a single award winner was black. Not one. I was also hard-pressed to find LGBTQ artists on my screen. The combination of this apparent homogeneity with a straight, white artist like Macklemore winning a Moon Man for a song about same-sex marriage left me feeling uncomfortable at best. His dominating presence at the award show and in the mainstream music industry calls for another conversation about diverse identities within the music world. The issue is not that he performs a song about the queer equality movement. His video for “Same Love” was the obvious winner for “Video With a Message” given its popularity, viral outreach, and content. Support is support, and I don’t really feel the need to cut him down for using his fame to advocate for an important cause. Celebrities do that all the time. Sure, Macklemore and his producer Ryan Lewis made a pretty penny from the song’s success, but I’m willing to take the popularity as an indication of America’s shifting viewpoint on sexuality and not as a slimy moneymaking move on the part of the artist. Plus, Mary Lambert, who is featured on the track, is an out lesbian who writes about the social issues that affect her as a queer woman all the time. She’s not the one getting the credit, though, which brings me to my next point. Here’s the deal. Macklemore is not the first person to write a great song that could be celebrated as the gay marriage anthem.