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Category Third Listen

For this listen, I’d like you to think about how the song is representative of a particular musical genre (such as, punk, folk, folk rock, etc.). Genre can be defined as “a category of artistic composition, as in music or literature, characterized by similarities in form, style, or subject matter.” Each of your songs exists within one or more musical genres that have certain lyrical, musical, and compositional characteristics. Many artists are identified with a certain genre of music, but an individual song will borrow from multiple genres, so don’t stay within pre-determined artistic labels. Let the song speak for itself.

I’d like you to identify the genre(s) your song most connects to, the genre’s major characteristics, and how your song enacts, does not enact, and/or challenges those characteristics. Think in terms of the lyrics, the delivery, and the music (including instruments, samples, or other sound effects used), performers, subjects, geographies, and goals.

Please link to at least 3 sources of information about your song’s musical genre. Though Wikipedia has a large list of musical genres, and many of their pages are rather robust, refrain from linking to a Wikipedia page. You are, however, welcome to look to the Reference List on the pages and go to the referenced text so you can see the original discussion that is being cited there.

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Third Listen of “Nina Cried Power”

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