All Things Music, Social Justice, and Protest

Category First Listen Fall 2022

For this listen, I’d like you to consider the context in which your song was released, the critiques your song is making, both overt and subtle, and what, if any, solutions to the problems your song offers.

When thinking about context, I’d like you to consider two things:

First, think about what was happening in the world at the time, or leading up to, the song’s release. Be specific and add links to examples of the kinds of events that were happening.

Second, I’d like you to think about genre as a kind of context. As we have discussed in class, genre often shapes or influences how one approaches a song. (See Rosenthal and Flacks on “The Power of Genre and Musical Code, starting on p. 52.)

In terms of social critique, consider how the songwriter(s) offer critique through their lyrics. Note that I am distinguishing between the artist and the songwriter(s) and I want you to look up who actually wrote the song you have chosen, and when referencing lyrics, use the songwriter(s) instead of the artist (the artist is responsible for the delivery). Those critiques can be overt through direct discussion of the issue(s), and they can be subtle or implied through subtextual discussions. Try to illuminate both and link to news stories or other documents that highlight the importance of the issues being discussed.

Quote the lyrics throughout.

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Due Friday, 9/23 by 11:00pm

First Listen: “The Man” By Taylor Swift

“The Man” by Taylor Swift was released on August 23, 2019. During this time in Swift’s career she had previously released her sixth studio album Reputation in 2018 which focused on her drama with Kim and Kanye West. Her career… Continue Reading →

First Listen: “Big Yellow Taxi”

“Big Yellow Taxi” is a protest song for environmental change, written and sung by Joni Mitchell. This song has left a legacy of reflection about environmental justice and change. According to the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, Big Yellow Taxi… Continue Reading →

“Love It If We Made It,” First Listen

The song was released in the middle of Trump’s presidency (2018) during a time that was especially controversial and polarized. The nation was divided- either very happy or dissatisfied with the presidency. Matt Healy touches on so many issues and… Continue Reading →

First Listen: Woman by Doja Cat

Doja Cat’s song Woman was released on October 1st of 2021. So it will have its one year song anniversary in a few days. The song is more about divine femininity and simply being a woman in general in today’s… Continue Reading →

First Listen “Girl in a Country Song”

“Girl in a Country Song” by Maddie and Tae pokes fun at male country singers and the way that they portray women. At the time the song was made, 2014, seemed like a direct response to songs released in 2013,… Continue Reading →

First Listen: “Wild Hearts Cant Be Broken” by P!nk

“Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken” by P!nk is a passionate, and emotion evoking ballad that utilizes P!nk’s powerful voice, on top of an orchestra, and an uplifing message to give it all of the energy it needs to be an… Continue Reading →

First Listen: “FOR MY PEOPLE” by Joey Bada$$

Casey Wood “FOR MY PEOPLE” is a hip-hop and rap song written by a couple of people, including Joey Bada$$ who is the artist delivering the piece of music. Other than Joeybada$$, the writers include Daniel Seeff, Chin Injeti, Adam Pallin, Sam Barsh,… Continue Reading →

First Listen: “P.M.R.C.” by the Bouncing Souls

The song P.M.R.C. was first released by the Bouncing Souls on their 1991 7’ record, Ugly Bill, Oh Shit.  The title of this song is the acronym for the Parents Music Resource Center, a Committee formed in 1985 with the… Continue Reading →

First Listen: “Pretty Hurts” by Beyonce

Beyonce’s third single, “Pretty Hurts,” off her self-titled album was released in April of 2014.The song is based predominantly on pageants and their damaging practices, but also acts as a commentary on society’s standard of beauty. When the song was… Continue Reading →

First Listen: “Fake Happy” by Paramore

“Fake Happy” by Paramore is a song that highlights an individual, yet collective, experience of battling mental health issues while being forced to put on a “happy face” for the outside world. “Fake Happy” was released in 2017, which was… Continue Reading →

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