My heart will go on from Titanic, Sorry by Justin Bieber or indeed All about that bass sung by Meghan Trainor are songs that belong to the 21st century and which most everybody can sing along to.
What do you know about the Happy Twenties, also known as the Golden Twenties and the Roaring Twenties? It is roughly defined as the period between WW1 and the Wall Street Crash in 1929. The United States moved more quickly and easily from a wartime an economy to a peacetime one, and so was able to meet production demands both at home and abroad. This helped catapult the US to the status of the wealthiest country in the world. Because the US was experiencing a boom that other nations were not, it was able to make loans to countries like English and other European countries. The Crash affected the world, but until then, the West roared. It was a time with a lot of changes, and ideas about sexuality, art, music, dance, fashion and creativity in general took a more open and liberal twist.
You are probably asking yourself what the relation is between music today, and even those cited in the beginning of the article, and The Happy Twenties. Cue the Postmodern Jukebox! It was created in 2014 and they take pop music back in time. This group covers all sorts of music, with some swing, jazz, blues, bluegrass, ragtime and soul brushstrokes. You can visit their YouTube Channel, where they upload all their performances. You can be transported back in time to the Roaring Twenties, or other periods, too, like the 40s, the 50s,the 60s or the 70s. Cool, isn’t it?
Here are some of their incredible 20’s covers.You won’t be able to sit still.
Bad Romance – Lady Gaga
Here you can see other performances from other times (the 50’s):
- Brushstrokes (n): the paint left on a painting by a movement of the artist’s brush
- Roughly (adv): nearly; almost
- Cue (v): anything said or done, on or off stage, followed by a specified speech or action