7th Chords

Late in the process of writing the album, I knew I wanted to write a piece that included some particularly distinctive chords. We had begun learning about 7th chords late in the semester, so I began experimenting with some 7th chords, combining different types, with various bass notes to create a different type of chord progression. I kept experimenting with chords until I got a progression I liked. I then analyzed the progression to write it down. This is what the progression looks like, with the bass notes in bold.

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Key Change

In this post I’ll discuss the music theory behind a particular key change. The song “Wrestle the Reticence” is in G major, but at the end, there is a key change into the key of  A major. However, this transition needed to happen naturally and smoothly so the listener isn’t shocked by the change and actually feels as though the change was necessary.

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The Habyarimana Regime and the Rwandan Genocide

My first post focused primarily on the history of Rwanda leading up to the movement that culminated in the official independence of Rwanda in 1962 and the relations between the Hutu and the Tutsi under Gregoire Kayibanda, Rwanda’s first president.  In this post, however, I will elaborate further on the Kayibanda regime and discuss the Habyarimana and how the Rwandan government used ethnic tensions to maintain political power.  I will also attempt to analyze the events that followed the death of Habyarimana in 1994, after his plane was shot down near Kigali.  Habyarimana’s death almost immediately sparked the massacres that have become known as the Rwandan Genocide, and I will look at the political aspects of his death and the aftermath.

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Impacts of Migrant Worker Programs – Final Post

For the final stage of my project, I decided to move past poetry analysis and instead focused on researching the recorded effects of the Bracero program on the temporary workers, their children, and society at large. There were a few resources I found quite invaluable, the most notable of those being the Bracero Archive. The Bracero Archive is the largest compilation of materials about the 1942 guest-worker initiative and has everything from interviews with workers, posts from the workers’ children, and newspaper articles that discuss the recent legislation in regards to guest-worker compensation. Fortunately, I found this research to be much more compelling than the poetry I had been focusing on.

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