This essay focuses on music on the recording. If the song is not written by the artist performing it. Provide the names of other artists who have covered it.
TASK: 1. Pick one song from any current-ish popular musician/group/band/songwriter/producer. The artist should not be one that we or the textbook have covered in class. 2. Talk about why you picked it: include anything that captures your imagination.
Themes 1. Critical Listening • The form [ABAC, Blues etc.]. Including lyrics and any applicable dialect [slang etc] • The performance. Including how it is sung and played on instruments [timbre, pitch, rhythm etc.]. And what are its riffs, hooks and grooves. • The instruments and timbre and sound of the recording. 2. Identity [Individuality, Gender and Race]. • Influences on why you selected the song [family, friends, community, etc]. • Stereotypes or anti-stereotypes present in the songs •
Technology • How technology [or its lack] is a factor in how the song works on you. Instruments, production, etc. 4. Music Business •. Provide names of other musicians involved in performing the music on the recording. • Provide the names of the songwriter/s and lyricist/s for the song. If the song is not written by the artist performing it. Provide the names of other artists who have covered it.
• Provide the name of the producer and names of other significant artists for whom they have produced recordings. • Provide the name of the company who release. The songs and other noteworthy musicians supported by the music on the recording company. • Where possible, provide sales statistics for your song. Artist and the media upon which the sales depend. • Speculate on the intended demographic of your songs. 5. Centres and Peripheries • Note whether the company releasing the recording is a minor or major label.
• Connect the song to other artists in the genre who are mainstream or periphery. • Speculate on why it is mainstream, or periphery. And comment on whether it is likely to remain mainstream or periphery. Streams 1. European American • Connect your song to European American music on the recording musical traditions. Strophic ballads, European dance music, folk music, Country and Western. Gospel music, Hillbilly music, mainstreaming of African American musical styles and innovations.
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