This is our unmixed mix -- just in the order of submission on the blog. I'm trying to get a local DJ I know to mix the songs into a more coherent whole -- at least with smooth transitions.
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If you are presenting your song as "music poetry," you be ready to provide the following:
- an introduction to the song: the "title" of the song, the artist, and the album
- provide any additional context, only if necessary (for example, is the song part of an album-length narrative -- a "concept album"?)
- link the title of the song to the lyrics (for example, "Used Cars"). Do not just dump the entire web address into your post Mr. Heidkamp will play the song with the lyrics projected.
- state the "what" -- the central idea or theme of the song-poem. If the song expresses a complete theme, then write it out as a complete statement. If the song is not constructing such a deliberate message, discuss its purpose, keeping in mind the speaker, audience and occasion – and what experience it might be broadening and/or deepening.
- discuss the "how" -- describe in detail three uses of poetic language that the songwriter employs to get across that idea or theme. Remember, you are not just pointing out where a literary technique appears in the song -- you need to talk about how the songwriter uses it to enhance the meaning of the song. And you must say more than – “The imagery makes me really picture the scene” or “The simile makes me understand things better.” Consider the idea or theme and discuss how the lines fit into it. Uses of rhythm and rhyme do not count for this exercise – but feel free to discuss them. Also, very general techniques such as repetition or use of details also do not count.
- Quote liberally from the song when showing examples of poetic language,
To quickly find all the music poetry posts, including yours, click on the "music" category.