I well remember taking an actors movement class in New York City in the early 80s with the (very respected) Loyd Williamson. A group of about 20 actors were lying on our backs, gyrating, writhing, moving, swelling, rolling, crawling to the beat of music pumped through the loud speakers when suddenly we were asked "What kind of music do you love?" and most of the almost entirely white group shouted out "Rock!" Then came "And what kind of music do you hate?" and most of the almost entirely white group shouted out "Rap!"
Actors. Studying style. And international diversity in theatre. And everything from the Classics to edgy contemporary plays.
Plays and one woman/one man shows that are mounted in theaters almost always accompanied by music, either as a backdrop to whatever drama or comedy is being presented onstage or to escort the audience to their seats and usher them back out onto the street when the curtain comes down.
But what a bad rap Rap took, taking over the music industry by storm, Hip Hop Rap poetry from the streets point counterpoint to the folk yak , pop prattle, rock talk, classical rattle, country confab everyone was used to.
Dance studios offered ballet, modern, Jaaaazzzzzz, African rhythmn...and Oh who is that sneaking in the door with his bling and his baggies and sneaks and hat, spinning and flipping and turning upside down, every part of his body going in a different direction. What is _that Rap.Hip.Hop.Street.Thing.Goin'.On???
The Museum of the City of New York explores the birth and evolution of the musical movement that, Yes, changed everything and influenced musicians everywhere, whether they know it or want to admit it or not.
The exhibition runs in New York through September 13th. Come visit New York this summer.
Bring your kids.
Walk a bit.
Set a spell.
Be a little Hip Hop.
And shake a tail feather.
Museum of the City of New York, Hip-Hop Revolution:
And, for what it's worth, the Hip Hop School of the Arts:
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What is so particularly special about is that she is watching like an Eagle on high and sometimes swoops down for a visit. She is much more generous than I am in that way, and I am grateful to her for that! And, for what's it's worth I am willing to talk to anyone who is open and respectful. Part of the reason that I post Publicly is because there are always nice surprises and I learn so much. You just keep your eyes on Nashville and keep your heart open and keep writing. Anything can happen. Anything.