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Category Third Listen Fall 2022

For this listen, I’d like you to consider how *at least* two texts relating to your song contribute to your overall understanding of the song. Understanding goes beyond meaning of the lyrics. Understanding connects to your ability to see how the song functions as a meaningful/important text in society, fan communities, the music industry, and so on. The texts you can choose from include:

• The vocal delivery in the version of the song you have chosen;
• Alternate versions of the song (these should be substantially different from the one you have chosen, such as the Broadway version of “Born in the USA” versus the 1984 album version);
• Live performances, such as at concerts, awards shows, or other venues;
• The official video for the song (do not choose if you have discussed the video in prior Listens; also do not choose if it is just a lyrics video)
• Covers by other artists;
• Fan or other person versions that they have posted online on YouTube, Tik Tok, etc.

If you are able to embed the media you are discussing, please do. If not, link to it. Remember, these posts (and your podcast) are available to anyone with Internet access, so compose the posts in such a way that makes them less in response to an assignment than a discussion of an issue you have great interest in. Take care with the presentation as well as the content. Use paragraphs, embed media, add links that will provide reads with the ability to learn more info, and so on.

Be sure to choose the “Third Listen Fall” category before posting and related tags.

Post due Wednesday, 10/19 by 11:00pm (due date was moved from 10/7).

Third Listen: “PMRC” by The Bouncing Souls

The Bouncing Souls have been described as “New Jersey’s most popular and enduring punk rock band”, except for the Misfits (allmusic).  With over 30 years i the recording studio, the bands sound has evolved without ever straying too far from… Continue Reading →

Third Listen “I’d Love It If We Made It”

In order to fully understand The 1975’s Love It If We Made It, one must dive deeper than the lyrics, and acknowledge delivery alongside with the official music video and live performances. The message of the song is not hidden… Continue Reading →

Third Listen: “Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken”

The first text that has assisted me in understanding the overall meaning of the song is this podcast on NPR ( Transcript of the podcast ). In this episode, we hear from P!nk discussing her new album (at the time), Beautiful… Continue Reading →

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 →

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