Reasons why the lives of our youth might sizzle and crash. Join us on a journey through the history of percussion as we discuss the importance of the crash cymbal.
August 24, 2018
Think of a musical Drum Kit in all its grace (not those however of the [r]evolutionary electric kind). There are those round discs of metal, usually above the rest of the Kit, and housed on top of tall, thin stands, called Cymbals (only Hi-Hat Cymbals, which come as a small compact pair, are positioned low & nearer the drummer).
Large Cymbals come in different sizes & thicknesses, catering to a varied range of sound effects when struck by a drummer. The two most common styles of large raised Cymbal are Crash Cymbals and Ride Cymbals. The latter is for quieter, continuos playing contact from the Drummer, and can be commonly found in more reserved musical genres such as jazz, waltz, and swing.
And on the other side of the Cymbal spectrum, comes the former; the indomitable Crash Cymbal!
The key function of a Crash Cymbal is to be struck by a Drummer at the PINNACLE of any crescendo! When referring to musical genres such as Dance or certainly Contemporary Pop, these are as common as a major chord. These would often be heard at the start & end of almost every chorus or verse.
However, with the seeming advent of DJs becoming musicians and producers, modern music descended into something that no longer reaches any sort of traditional crescendo, as Crash Cymbals have been eliminated, being replaced with the likes of dizzy noises and sizzling sound effects.
This has resulted in a castrated modern age of music. Which has spilled into much of western culture, politics, and entertainment. Music is the main staple of most young people. Never truly knowing or experiencing musical crescendos or 'climaxes', has resulted in wretched and, quite literally, miserable existences.
Young people need Crash Cymbals in their lives. There's never existed any greater representation of musical euphoria. If you can't get truly 'high' on the music of your day, you'll never know true ecstatic escapism.
This, in my humble opinion, has resulted in the downfall of high-energy rock, positive dance, and otherwise traditionally happy music. But there's that word; 'traditional'. A supposed bastion to the advance of progress. What makes music ‘traditionally happy’? Is it dependent on the era, or is it a more deeply ingrained set of rules that music is to follow in order to categorize itself as something?
That is up to you, dear reader, to decide for yourself.
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