Listen to the song and clap along in time to the beat, feeling the rhythm and mood of the song. Listen again and join in with the words, Notice that the song slows down at the end. Why not look up some British Sign Language for key words in the song such as ‘rain’, ‘see’, and ‘sunshine’
Clever lyrics Chat to someone about these questions: Q. What do you think the song is about? Q. Is it actually about the weather? Q. What do the weather lyrics represent?
Listen to this amazing improvisation by Bobby Mc Ferrin over I can see clearly now.
Bobby Mc Ferrin is a jazz vocalist. He is known for his vocal techniques, such as scat singing, polyphonic overtone singing, and improvisational vocal percussion. Find out more about him! He is amazing!
I can see clearly now the rain has gone. I can see all obstacles in my way. Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind. It’s gonna be a bright (bright), Bright sunshiny day. It’s gonna be a bright (bright), Bright sunshiny day. I think I can make it now the pain has gone. All of the bad feelings have disappeared. Here is the rainbow I’ve been praying for. It’s gonna be a bright (bright), Bright sunshiny day. Look all around, There’s nothing but blue skies. Look straight ahead, Nothing but blue skies. Ah, ah, Ah, ah, ooh. I can see clearly now the rain has gone. I can see all obstacles in my way. Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind. It’s gonna be a bright (bright), Bright sunshiny day It’s gonna be a bright (bright), Bright sunshiny day It’s gonna be a bright (bright), Bright sunshiny day It’s gonna be a bright (bright), Bright sunshiny day-ee-yay-ee-yeah. Ooh.
Steve Reich - Six Pianos (At Home) and Clapping Music Introduction to 20th Century Music
In the 20th century, a diverse range of new musical styles emerged that further challenged all the rules of earlier periods. One of the new musical styles was called Minimalism.
What is Minimalism?
Minimalism is a form of art music or other compositional practice that employs limited or minimal musical materials and calls attention to the activity of listening.
Today we are going to listen to Six Pianos and Clapping Music by Steve Reich.
Let's start with Six Pianos This piece could be said to be the Marmite of contemporary music – in other words you’ll either love it or loathe it. It’s a pioneering piece of ‘minimalist’ music – relentlessly rhythmic and repetitive, and technically demanding on its performers. It begins with three pianists playing different notes to the same 8-beat pattern. Then two more pianists begin to play the same pattern but shifted two beats out of phase. Different phase shifts of the same motifs fade in and out of the ever-changing musical texture for the duration of the piece. For some it’s hypnotic and fascinating; for others a form of torture!
As you could probably realised, these musicians were at home in lockdown! and managed to keep their passion for music going. They have done this great recording being so far from each other!
What do you think about this music? Do you like it? How does the music makes you feel? Imagine that you are the composer, as you listen to the piece, think for a moment, Is there anything that you like to change? Why?
Try to learn the rhythmical pattern by joining in at the beginning of the piece.
Listen to the piece carefully, How many different rhythmical patterns can you hear?