Bellevue College 私の異文化体験
Bellevue College 私の異文化体験
I experienced many thigs in the U.S. My most interesting experience is about music. Seattle is one of the famous cities of music. Especially, this city is the first place of grange rock music. In 90s, Nirvana was born in this place and became famous all over the world. I felt freedom and passion of music in this city. In this report, I’m going to talk about three thigs about music.
The first thig is a number of street musician and venue. In Seattle you can see four or more street musicians on the street in a day, such as the musician playing the guitar, violin, piano, keyboards, sax, ukulele, erfu that is a kind of the strings of China, and drums that was made of gavage cans and beer bottles. They play rock, country, jazz and many types of the music. They set an instrument case or bottle in front of them, and they try to correct money. Some of them make their own CDs, and try to sell these. They can correct about $10 or more in one hour, but it depends on a person. It’s not enough money as a one day job, but it doesn’t matter. They just want to play their song. The purpose is not correcting money. Not all of the musicians have good skills of music, but they don’t think that is so bad. In the Seattle, there are many venues, such as The Crocodile, Moore and Paramount. These are the venues where Nirvana played their music. All of the venues have concerts every day. It means a lot of musician has a chance to show their own music to the people.
The second thing is difference of people to the music. In the U.S., people really love music. When people see the street musicians, some people stop walking and take photos or movies of street musicians, and they give a tip for them. Some people are just listening to the music with doing something. If they like the music, they come to front of the musician and put some bucks into the tip box, and then they walk away faster. When they listen to the music, they move their bodies along the song anytime and anywhere. They don’t think it’s not shame thing to move their bodies and clap their hands or give a shout of joy for the music. People live in the U.S. seems are kinder and more tolerant about music than Japanese people.
The third thing is style of the concert. I went to a kind of grange rock concert. It was totally different from Japanese concert. Before you go to the concert, you have to buy a ticket. In Japan, if you buy a ticket on the internet, it is sent to your house, or you have to go to the convenience store to receive your ticket. In the U.S., you can choose V.I.P ticket or general admission seat, and then you have to print out your ticket or go to the venue and receive your ticket before the concert begins. In Japan, you can’t choose your seat, but you can choose where you stand in the U.S. if the ticket says it’s “general admission.” In the concert, people moved their bodies and sang along the music, shouted sometimes, some people dived to the stage, and most interesting thing is some people “moshed.” Mosh is like hitting body each other. It seems like fighting. I felt the concert is more freedom than Japanese one because dive and mosh is prohibited by owner of venue because of its dangerousness, and Japanese people seems they like to see a concert quietly. In addition, in the middle of the concert, some people were lighting their gas lighters. It is also prohibited in Japan.
In conclusion, music is one of the interesting ways to see characteristics of another human kind. Someone said “America is the country of freedom.” I don’t think everything is freedom in the U.S., but I actually felt freedom and strong passion in their music. Music fascinates people all the time. I never forget these feelings. These are my most interesting experiences in the U.S.
▲ In the middle of the concert