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Examining Themes in Music

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Jessica Porterfield

on 28 October 2014

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Transcript of Examining Themes in Music

Examining Themes in Music
Lyric
noun
Music is Poetry!
Find THE MEssage in the music!
We will listen to several songs, listening closely and intently for the message. You will have the lyrics in front of you as well.
Poetry
noun
Who can explain theme as it was discussed in class previously?
Now you try it...
I can determine a theme that is evident from the text.
THE MEssage
literary work in which special intensity is given to the expression of feelings and ideas by the use of distinctive style and rhythm; poems collectively or as a genre of literature.
1. a lyric poem or verse.
2. the words of a song.
Recall that to find a theme, we have to look for
repetition
; pay attention to our
personal reactions
; examine how events are
linked
; analyze on a
global
scale; ask yourself,
"What life lesson can be learned from this?"
Finding Theme
Expectations
You will listen to several songs, multiple times. The first time, you will just listen to the song and enjoy the video. The second time you will listen to the song while reading along to the lyrics in your handout. Finally, we will discuss the themes.
Watch as I examine a song...
I notice that the lyrics repeatedly state, "Don't let them in, don't let them see...don't let them know; Well, now they know! Let it go, let it go; Can't hold it back anymore; Let it go, let it go; Turn away and slam the door! I don't care what they're going to say..."

This reminds me of when I was in high school and I was finding myself...trying to figure out who I was deep inside, what I wanted to be when I grew up, and how I wanted people to see me.

To me, these lyrics represent being yourself, no matter what others think about you. If you are yourself, nothing can hurt you, just like when the lyrics state, "Let the storm rage on; the cold never bothered me anyway."

Let's examine a
song together...
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