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Deborah Bor Danielle Stein 12 May 2017 GE Cluster Seminar Week 6 Music Journal Assigned Listening In the 1950s, the U.S. Department of State developed a cultural diplomacy program known as ‘The Jazz Ambassadors’ program in which they sent out the nation’s finest jazz musicians to other countries. The purpose of the program was to serve as a front of the Cold War by presenting jazz as a form of democracy. Many famous jazz artists such as Dizzy Gillespie and Benny Goodman participated in the program in order to promote America’s sense of culture and dedication to freedom. Dave Brubeck was also a representative along with his quartet. They went on a tour in 1958 to several countries considered “behind the Iron Curtain” as well as Third world and developing countries that might have been susceptible to the influence of Communism. The song “Cultural Exchanges” seems to be of two songs. In the first part of the song, it starts off with a fast-paced and light-hearted tone which reminded me of those peppy Disney songs made back in the day. Then the second part is slowed down as Louis Armstrong soulfully croons the lyrics. It is interesting to note that the lyrics were written by Iola Brubeck and the music produced by Dave Brubeck based off their experience as Jazz Ambassadors. There is humor to the lyrics and it denotes how America would send musicians and other people like the First Lady in order to ease tensions and resolve conflicts. Personal log for Wednesday -“Shape of You” and “Galway Girl” by Ed Sheeran



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