Listening to the Lyrics

HNR 100 - Listening to the Lyrics

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Term: Spring 2016
Class #: 32192
Section: M003
Credits: 1

Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers

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Course Time(s):
M 2:15 - 3:35 pm


Course Description:

In just three or four minutes and very few words, songs can carry us right to the heart of experiences, emotions, and characters, and tell remarkably complex stories. This course goes beyond the melodies and beats to focus on the lyrical side of popular music, from folk and country to pop, rock, and rap. We will explore common forms of lyrics (such as personal reflections, missives, ballad-style narratives, character sketches, and nonsensical wordplay) and the tools that lyricists use (rhyme, metaphor, imagery, dialogue, etc.), and together we will build a playlist of great examples of the lyrical art. Along with close listening and light reading, students will have the opportunity to meet active songwriters and attend music events in the community.