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Incorporating tones of reggaeton and Samba, latin music grew in popularity in the last forty years and has a wide variety of elements that define its sound.

Mainstream pop has generously borrowed from latin music.

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  • Originating mainly in the 80s and having their roots in Blues and Gospel, Hip-Hop/Rap combines elements of spoken word, melodious hook and electronic sounds has managed to create a great fan following.
  • Early rappers spoke about their struggles, while the new generation is relishing an enviable life.
  • Social media has ensured that new sub genres go viral and influence youngsters across the globe.
The Top 10 Music Genres

Music has thousands of genres, styles and sub-genres. Not all of them are commercially viable. There are certain genres that are favoured by the music industry and market:

  1. Pop
  2. Hip-Hop And Rap
  3. Rock
  4. Dance/EDM
  5. Latin music
  6. Indie/Alternative Rock
  7. Classical Music
  8. K-Pop
  9. Country music
  10. Metal.

In the last three decades, alternative and indie rock has evolved from its punk roots. It achieved mainstream popularity in the 90s (the grunge wave) when it even eclipsed pop and rock music.

It is still alive and kicking underground.

Rock Music
  • Rock, which directly evolved from the Blues, was first heard in the 50s in the United States and later in the United Kingdom.
  • The Swingin’ Sixties saw the rough and bluesy Rock’n’Roll, paving the way for the guitar and drums sound to achieve universal success in the 70s, known as the golden age.
  • It gave rise to the punk movement and evolved into complex styles in the 80s and 90s like alternative rock and progressive rock.
  • Rock music isn’t what it used to be though.

Loved all over the world, this genre has evolved over time but has still retained its countryside identity.

The beautiful voices, soulful lyrics and guitars add to the charm of country music, and many artists have added rock and pop flavours to their sounds.

Loud guitars, creepy images, twisted lyrics and the wall-0f-sound effects have made metal a genre for the non-conformist.

Bands use heavy drumming, distorted sounds, and lately electronic elements, to create the gothic atmosphere of metal and heavy metal.


Korean pop has been bought all over the world, partly through glitzy marketing, but mainly through the fun, colourful and vivid imagery that goes with the catchy beats.

The fan following of K-pop stars has beaten mainstream pop artists.

Symphonies, operas, concertos and orchestras are still listened to by people worldwide.

The older ones (Bach, Beethoven)are a lot more popular, as they have aged well.

The digital age has enabled millions who cannot play traditional instruments to create music using just a computer. This form of music originated in the 80s and became popular in dance halls in the 90s.

This genre attracts millions in the overhyped concerts of famous DJs playing computer-generated tunes.

Pop music is the most mainstream, popular form of music, though its exact genre sometimes changes from soft rock to electronic. This kind of music appeals to almost everyone, and marketers often use this kind of sound to cater to the lowest common denominator.

The Beatles were essentially soft rock (though their music takes many shapes) but are considered pop.

Documentary: Origins

Scottish filmmaker John Grierson is known as the father of documentary films, and coined the term ‘documentary’ in 1926. He believed that cinema can add value by observing and documenting real life, and this capacity can be a new kind of art form.

He states in his own documentary that documentaries can be a powerful democratic tool and it is a social responsibility of a filmmaker to help society achieve its ideals of democracy.

First, assess the situation.

  • Consider your goals for using chutzpah.
  • Consider the people that you're thinking of using chutzpah toward.
  • Think of the ways in which you can display chutzpah.
  • Weigh the potential benefits and risks of using chutzpah. In a high-risk and low-reward situation, choose an alternative course of action.
  • Consider relevant moral principles to guide your actions.

Chutzpah is the willingness to take risks in a shameless and self-assured manner that could be seen as disrespectful or rude - for example, an entrepreneur calling a CEO of a large company directly, despite no invitation.

Chutzpah can be valuable in some cases if you know how to take advantage of it.

Benefits of chutzpah

  • It can push you to take good risks, such as a willingness to step forward in a bold action even though you may not have an idea of how you will pull it off.
  • It can push you to focus on what you need to do where you would otherwise be numb by potential barriers.

Dangers of chutzpah

  • It can cause you to take bad risks or being too pushy.
  • It can cause you to waste resources, such as time and energy, on attempts that are likely to fail.

The way to respond to chutzpah depends on who is displaying the chutzpah, toward whom, under what circumstances, and how you view this kind of behaviour. However, keep the following in mind:

  • People might not be aware that they are displaying chutzpah.
  • Don't assume someone acted out of a desire to cause harm when there is a reasonable alternative explanation.
  • Instead of allowing reflex to guide your actions, assess the situation before proceeding.
  • When chutzpah is inappropriate, consider calling the person out, so they are aware of what they're doing.

The meaning of chutzpah differs depending on context and degree. In the right circumstances, chutzpah may suggest spirit. In the wrong situation, chutzpah indicates insolence.

A positive aspect of chutzpah revolves around being confident, daring, and brazen. The negative viewpoint of chutzpah revolves around violating norms and overstepping boundaries. But chutzpah can be positive or negative depending on a person's perspective.

A person who displays chutzpah is sometimes referred to as having nerve or having gall.

  • An example of chutzpah is a person who states in an interview that "I don't have any of the necessary qualifications, but you should hire me because I'm smart and will find a way to do the job better than any other."
  • A good example of chutzpah is in the context of language learning. Linguistic chutzpah can help learners act confidently and use the new language they're learning.

The feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction can only prosper when we practice allowing ourselves to be imperfect and flawed.

Struggling with starting and finishing projects is a daunting hurdle to get over, mainly because we often find ourselves feeling inadequate and further criticize ourselves due to this idealized expectation towards ourselves and the finished product.

Conscious Prioritizing

When we focus on the things that we have control over, no matter how small and insignificant it may seem, we are inherently maximizing our chances of success .

We only have a limited number of energy and time. It is important that we know where we put our energies into so that we can make space for the things that matter.

Pacing is when we learn how to strategically use our energy in a manageable manner so that it wouldn't lead to fatigue whether it may be mental, emotional, or physical.

When we say "everyone goes at their own pace" there is no negative connotation behind it supposedly. The intent of the saying is to allow ourselves to move based on our capacity of doing without depleting ourselves wholly.

The Christmas evolution

Santa and his reindeer, the carols, the lights, and the massive consumer spending on gifts did not happen immediately upon the birth of Christ.

By the mid-1800s, the holiday had picked up various elements of European religious and pagan traditions but wasn't popular in the United States. Much of the holiday's evolution is attributable to the steel rails in America.

Society's view was propelled by trains full of Christmas trees, Christmas cards, and Christmas gifts.

The Christmas tree came first as big business in the 19th century. Christmas trees were hauled by train from Maine to New York City. Along with the Christmas tree came the Christmas card. The last piece of the holiday was the tradition of giving gifts. A Times article in 1890 declared "an epidemic in giving and receiving presents".

Thomas Nast gave us our image of Santa, but Henry Bessemer figured out how to make steel rapidly, cheaply, and abundantly. He completely revolutionized some of the greatest of human industries.

His rails connected almost every corner of the United States, making it possible to move products and messages of love across the nation.

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