Close Reading Other Writing about Music
OK, so because writing descriptively about a work of music is such a central part of Essay 2, I want us to begin looking very carefully at examples of good, detailed music writing–some of it pretentiously called “music criticism” 🙂 . I’m hoping that this writing will give you inspiring ideas for different ways of writing about the track you’ve chosen for your Essay 2. (I am rewinding us a bit because I think we need more practice writing descriptively about sound–which is hard! We will get back to working on discussing articles about social issues and connecting them to your songs next week.)
So what I want you to do for Sunday is read texts # 13-15 in the Course Readings folder (you should know where this is, but ask me if you can’t find it). Then I want you to read each text carefully and provide me with two simple pieces of writing responding to it:
A) Very basic: just list the author’s full name, title, and publication info for each text
B) Choose one—and only one—sentence from each of the readings that strikes you as an interesting way of describing a sound in one of the songs being written of (or–in the case of Drake’s video, a visual). Copy these sentences into the first part of your response. Then write a paragraph that responds in some way to one, two, or all three of the sentences you’ve chosen. Simple and open, this one–be creative!
Thanks, as always,