What is FUNK music? Funk music is a style of dance music that came from the Black R&B, soul, and jazz music of the mid-1960s. Funk music is characterized by funky, syncopated bass lines and steady, infectious drum grooves, which drove it to become one of the most popular genres in the 1970s and ’80s. Funk music makes you want to move!
Watch this video about FUNK music. You can stop at the 3:32 mark (or not... I guess it's up to you!)
We talked about Stevie Wonder last week. Stevie Wonder was a singer song-writer who was born with a disease in his eyes and became blind. He was still able to learn to play the drums, piano, and harmonica. He was a pretty amazing human being! We watched a video last week that had parts of different songs that he wrote. You all knew quite a few of them. One song that many of you knew was called "SUPERSTITION". Superstition was written as a FUNK groove. Listen (remember...when we listen we use our EARS, and our EYES, and we are respectful of how the music makes us want to move our bodies. Remember we are listening to the music and not looking to see you dancing!) to this version of Stevie Wonder's "Superstition". It was performed in 1973. That may seem to be a long time ago, but it really wasn't. Mrs. Chuhta was 3 years old when this song was recorded! Listen carefully for the FUNK lines that run through this song.
Did you hear the FUNK lines? This song has totally stood the test of time.
What is a SUPERSTITION? A superstition is a belief that certain events or things will bring good or bad luck. Take the next 3 minutes to turn and talk to someone near to you (please stay as close to your carpet spot as possible) about different superstitions that you may know of.
Superstitions have been around for a very long time. Watch this video about the different superstitions that they believe in Appalachia. Be ready to share some of the superstitions during class tomorrow.