Music Then and Now – A Brief History of Latin Arts

Music also serves to be very therapeutic. From my own experience as an occupational therapist, music helps persons with a range of different disabilities to improve function whether it may be for communication or movement purposes. For example, in working with persons who have sustained a stroke and have expressive aphasia (able to understand language, but unable to formulate the words to verbally express it), singing allows them to say what they want since this involves a different part of the brain. In working with children with autism spectrum disorders, I have found Latin Music and Arts helps develop more coordinated movement and motor planning as it provides the timing and rhythm that these children are not able to access in their brain. Any music instrument can also be therapeutic, whether it is woodwind instruments, brass instruments, or string instruments, or even just dancing to music.

Listening to Music: Then and Now

Technology has empowered our universe. It has impacted the way we listen to and attain music. It used to be that when your favourite band or artist came out with a new album, you went to the store and purchased the CD for anywhere between $10 – $20. Things are a lot different now. Attaining music is a simple download for $0.99 and sometimes for nothing.

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The Internet and technology has changed the way we listen to music is by streaming online media such as YouTube and Internet radio. Services such as Pandora offer free Internet radio. It is free to set up an account and you can choose the type or style of music you want to listen to, your favourite bands, and the more you listen, the more Pandora will play other songs and other bands that resemble your favourites that you have chosen. YouTube will also play music videos or home videos of artists in concert.

The Internet and technology has also helped new bands and artists rise to the surface. Artists no longer have to fight and wait for radio play time when it is easier to upload their demos to YouTube, Facebook, and even iTunes. The Internet gives newer bands a lot of exposure to new audiences that regular radio stations can’t do. This has also diversified our musical culture.

Latin Music: Then and Now

Latin music, which traces its origin to the African-American culture, is now allegedly a chaotic-sounding-genre of music with provoking lyrics and videos showing random violence, gang intimidation and such themes.

The latin-music today is leading the listeners in a rather disturbing direction. It seems as though this whole culture takes pride in being notorious. For instance, it is almost like being in prison is a “status symbol” while taking drugs and indulging in beefs is something “cool”. Above this, the portrayal of women in the latin videos is again a matter of concern. The perception seems to typecast the woman as an object. On humanitarian grounds, this isn’t a very kind picture to create. Such materials coupled with suggestive lyrics can easily manipulate the vulnerable youth.

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