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Proposal

I would like you to think about this proposal in terms of several things. First, consider the song you are going to investigate. Consider what it is about that song that intrigues you, that you are curious about, that makes you want to learn more about it. (Don’t just write that you have always loved the song— really engage it critically.) Discuss what makes it a protest song and what it is protesting against, and/or the social justice issue being raised. As stated above, the song must have been released during your lifetime, either as an original recording or a re-interpretation of an older song.

Second, where do you think this song will lead you, in terms of research and other music? How does the song exhibit the characteristics of its genre? How does it connect to a particular moment in history?

Third, I would like you to consider what the song means to you, personally. Why do you think it is important? Are you willing to dedicate 11 weeks to studying it, which will mean listening to it over and over and over again?

Fourth, I would like you discuss what concerns you have about completing the project.

Embed and/or link to all media referenced, including a version of the song itself (assume that Bill might not know the song and will need to listen to it).
You don’t need to address the items in the order listed above, and your proposal shouldn’t read like a bulleted list. Rather, the ideas and topics should appear seamlessly in your discussion. The goal is to showcase why you want to this, what you will do, where it might appear, and why it is important.

Just a Girl by No Doubt

The song I decided to choose is No Doubt’s Just a Girl. As I mentioned before, this song resonated with me as a strong, feminist anthem. It was early in the 1990’s when an underground feminist punk movement called Riot Grrl came to… Continue Reading →

Now

I have chosen Miguel’s Now as the song I want to focus on because it is the one I feel most connected to. When I first encountered the song, I couldn’t believe that there was a song directed towards the issues… Continue Reading →

“The Story of O.J.” – Proposal

The first song, released in my lifetime, that popped into my mind when thinking about this podcast was Jay-Z’s “The Story of O.J.”. It is a truly powerful song, not only lyrically but also instrumentally and visually. I grew up… Continue Reading →

Guerrilla Radio

Rage Against the Machines song Guerrilla Radio is a song that I feel represents the meaning of a protest song. As I wrote in my first listen post the whole band encompasses protesting. The band is known for their songs… Continue Reading →

Paranoia by Chance the Rapper

The song “Paranoia” by Chance the Rapper was released in 2013 and was made in collaboration with LA producer Nosaj Thing. Paranoia is hidden after a 30 second pause, following the song Pusha Man and is the second song on… Continue Reading →

“You Don’t Own Me” by Lesley Gore

Marina Maida For the purpose of this podcast, I’d like to analyze the song “You Don’t Own Me” by Lesley Gore, 1963, as it was re-released by Grace ft. G-Eazy in 2015. Lesley’s original version of the song is much… Continue Reading →

XXX. by Kendrick Lamar

XXX. by Kendrick Lamar is a song that I have always found intriguing. It has a lot of underlying messages that are not very apparent when listening. It is a song that I have listened to so many times but… Continue Reading →

Neighbors by J. Cole

J. Cole’s “Neighbors” was released in 2016 on his fourth studio album “4 Your Eyez Only”. Upon release of this album in 2016, I felt obligated to immediately become enticed by this album since J. Cole is one of my… Continue Reading →

“Praying”

The song that I plan on investigating for my podcast is “Praying” by Kesha. I am interested to see what I am going to learn about this song because as of now I don’t know much. I had heard this… Continue Reading →

“Zombie” by the Cranberries

Growing up I listened to a lot of Irish music, not just the traditional songs you hear on Saint Patricks Day. My grandma is from Ireland and made it a point to educate her grandchildren about history and current events… Continue Reading →

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