The Art of the Steal, Vol. 1
American musicians have been using the rinse and repeat approach to writing songs for centuries. The musical history of the United States traces its roots back to folk music. European settlers brought folk songs with them when they immigrated, as did African-American slaves when they were brought to the States. A fusion of these traditional tunes with verses grounded in the trials and tribulations of daily life served as the origin of the American musical tradition. Traditional lyrics have been reinvented, in some cases many times, by artists of all genres. In the twenty-first century, musicians frequently sample both traditional and contemporary songs. This audiovisual project showcases just a few examples of American lyrical reinvention.