Week 1: Frameworks
Readings and Media
( In the file below)
Optional: Listen: The Power of Music in Protest (2020, MPR radio)
Optional: Read: How to Figure Out a Song’s Meaning
Optional: Read: How to Analyze Lyrics and Write Better Ones
Watch: Pete Seeger – If I Had A Hammer (1956) LEGENDADO
Watch: Harlem Gospel Choir – Amazing Grace (EXCLUSIVE)
Watch: “Happy Days are Here Again!” (Ben Selvin and the Crooners, 1930)
Watch: Johnny Paycheck – Take This Job And Shove It (Audio)
Respond Briefly to each of the following:
1. How do you define music? How do you define politics?
2. How do you define a social movement? What is social solidarity?
3. What role does music play in your life?
What might be other ways that music functions for individuals and social groups?
4. What social and/or political issue(s) is (are) most important to you right now? Why? Are there songs that relate to this? If so, name at least one.
5. What music do you listen to (i.e., songs, artists, genres)? Does it have political messages? If so, do those messages relate to larger social movements?
Respond to each of the following prompts. Word count should be at least 750 words total. Include a works cited page. You must incorporate/cite the Dunaway reading. Submissions that do not cite it will receive a ZERO, but may be resubmitted for a capped grade of up to 70%.
What is the history of the song ‘Amazing Grace’? Who wrote it? When? Why? Give 3 examples of the ways in which this song has been adopted, adapted, and used since its original creation. How do the ‘cover’ versions retain the original meaning of the song, and how do they extend it? Cite at least 2 secondary sources. 700 word minimum.
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