You know that saying “no man is an island” or heard that joke about the Hamptons? Of course you have! Let me tell you about “bridge and tunnel.” Well, mostly bridge as that is the main route into Long Island. Long Island is statistically pretty amazing when you come here and learn about it.
There are as many types of bridges to and from here as there are nations of peoples on the island.
The Verrazano, Throgs Neck and Whitestone are suspension bridges. These bridges are supported by a strong foundation from a design called a truss. Those triangular shapes help to support the heavy weight of many people that will placed upon it over time. Long Island is the largest island adjoining the contiguous United States, the largest because it is 1,401 square miles and extending approximately 118 miles from the mouth of the Hudson River. Separated from the mainland north by the Long Island Sound and constrained by the Atlantic Ocean, Long Island also happens to be one of the most heavily populated regions in the United States. Our “little” island is a US powerhouse if you look at those facts.
Native American tribes inhabited the island for many early years and more recently their populations have been replaced with the descendants of immigrants coming over the bridges from across the world. These immigrants, as with many other beloved NY boros have brought with them their vivacious musical and artistic influences which in turn has made Long Island and its music artists sought after today.
As stated by Longisland.com “today Nassau and Suffolk Counties are ranked among the most expensive areas to live in the United States, and are home to some of the nations’ best public and private schools.” Learning music in Long Island has never been easier as the island has access to wonderful experienced teachers, music teachers, art teachers and most importantly, music lessons.
Names in Music from Long Island
Many famous names in music recently and in the past decades have hailed from both Suffolk and Nassau counties in Long Island. They have recorded in Long Island or wrote their most famous hits right here. Whether its rap/hip-hop, punk rock, classic rock, classical, pop, or alternative music there have been many famous songs/compositions written referencing the Island.
Many rappers use the reference “Strong Island” when referring to Long Island and pondering on it I too, see it as fitting as this is a place where not only the strong (and successful) come to relax, but also the inhabitants are made stronger here having passion/learning, practice and application as their “trusses.” Many people in music from Long Island are much like the suspension bridges supported by the truss. Out in the world, fortified, mighty, and taught how to take on the weight of whatever may ride on it and to stay strong.
Some of the hip hop tracks written about Long Island are “Vibes & Stuff” by A Tribe Called Quest features the lines “they know who keeps me smiling and …all the people in Long Island.” Public Enemy’s hit “Rebel Without A Pause” features the line “Strong Island, where I got ’em wild and…”