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Music Assignment.

I'm interested in your music choices.

Send me your top five songs. The songs must be recent.  By recent, you may submit any song from 2010 to today.

The songs you choose must deal with a serious theme.  The song should be cliche free. 

Write one paragraph for each song.  In the paragraph, name the title of the song, the artist, and provide a description of what the song is about generally speaking.  Finally, determine the song's deeper meaning.  Deeper meaning, in this context, is the song's theme.  

Possible themes are unlimited.  Is the song about?
Independence
Race
Social Justice
Society as machine
The dream of a better life
Love and love lost
War
Politics
Change
Competition
Self-discovery
Freedom
Family
Addiction
Nature
Gender

Or, any other deeper meaning you can attach to the song.

Write one paragraph for each song. Send to my email. 

Example?

1. Deadmau5 and How to destroy Angels Remix.  2014.  Song title:  Ice Age. This song is a song written by How to Destroy Angels and remixed by Deadmau5.  The song is about love lost.  The song has to do with the impact to a person's heart and mind after a relationship has ended.  The theme, the universal concept, is loneliness and longing.  The song suggests that even when we separate from those we love, no matter the reason, the need to belong and be close exists and must be recognized. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9i4JlnSIx2g

Having trouble?  Email me immediately or talk to me during class.  I have multiple ways for struggling students to complete this assignment.

Do you want to complete a sixth song?  If you do, you can do one of the following options.

1. Any song from any time period but same directions for the paragraph.
2. Do an analysis of any current pop song and describe the myth or lie the song promotes.

A word about theme.

A theme is an idea or concept that has universal appeal.  In what way does the theme found in your song address a basic need in all humanity?  Themes cut across cultures and across time.  If you can answer that question, you've located the theme.  

How do the concerns established in the song relate across culture and time to the human heart? 








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ALERT:  NEW EXAMPLES!

You must have this assignment completed before the day it is due. You must complete this assignment even if you are sick and miss a day.  You have two weeks.  No late work accepted on this assignment for any reason.  If you miss a day, or two, or three, within that two week period, it does not change the due date.  This assignment may be completed early.  It may not be completed or sent to the email late for any reason.  


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