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Month October 2022

Third Listen: “A Living Human Girl” by The Regrettes

To gain a broader understanding of how a song functions in society, it is essential to examine live performances, videos, and other media content in which the song takes place. In doing so, considering the audience and fan reactions can… Continue Reading →

Third Listen: “Big Yellow Taxi”

The first time I heard “Big Yellow Taxi” was from a cover sung by Counting Crows featuring Vanessa Carlton. They covered Joni Mitchell’s song with a more upbeat vibe by contrasting the Counting Crows singer’s deep rasp voice with Carlton’s… Continue Reading →

“Collect Calls” by Kendrick Lamar Third Listen

Given that this song is a “Bonus Track” it is very hard to find anything such as performances and even covers by other artists. What I realized though it’s that a lot of Kendrick fans talk a lot about this… Continue Reading →

“Girl in a Country Song” Third Listen

Every time I listen to “Girl in a Country Song” I can feel the anger that the words are trying to convey. In the original song the girls start off the song very sarcastically. It is easy to tell that… Continue Reading →

Third Listen: “Pretty Hurts” by Beyonce

“Pretty Hurts” is a song that is extremely powerful and holds a lot of meaning, but is pretty straightforward with the lyrics. However, its meaning goes deeper than just the lyrics. One can understand the song more deeply many ways,… Continue Reading →

Third Listen: Taylor Swift’s “The Man”

In order to fully understand a song not only do you have to analyze the lyrics but you also have to look deeper into the hidden messages, references, artist’s background, and how the audience interacts with the music. When analyzing… Continue Reading →

“I’m Not Okay (I Promise)” by My Chemical Romance – Third Listen

In this interview with My Chemical Romance, we hear from Gerard Way what the album is really about in terms of the story the band is trying to tell. To paraphrase, Gerard says the album is about a man and… Continue Reading →

Third Listen: “Fake Happy” Paramore

In many cases, the performance and delivery of music crafts rhetoric in ways that lyrics can not exclusively accomplish. This can be seen with Paramore’s “Fake Happy”, in both the official music video and lead singer Hayley Williams’ performance of… Continue Reading →

“For My People” Third Listen

When listening to a piece of music, reading and comprehending the lyrics are necessary to gain more understanding of the song. However, that is not the only element that should be taken into account when listening to a piece of… Continue Reading →

“Temptation” Joey Bada$$ Third Listen

When it comes to music, understanding goes way beyond just the meaning or interpretation of the lyrics. One’s own personal understanding of a song connects their ability to see how it functions as a meaningful text in society, different communities,… Continue Reading →

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