You were beginning to worry that in all your time here at Long Beach State no one was ever going to ask you to summon your inner Taylor Swift and write a romantic pop song.
Your time is here.
When we talked about Art Idea #3 – You Can Find Art Anywhere, we noted that pop singers like Hannah Montana seemed to have a real kinship with romantic poets like Ralph Waldo Emerson. I argued that lots of inspiratioal pop songs and rock power balads sound like romantic poets just with more vernacular vocabularies.
You write down a paragraph or two describing several different subjects creating a kind of story ingredients-list, I suppose, and then cut the sentences into four or five-word sections; mix ‘em up and reconnect them. You can get some pretty interesting idea combinations like this. You can use them as is or, if you have a craven need to not lose control, bounce off these ideas and write whole new sections.David Bowie
For our Romanticism Activity, let’s write a pop song! Unless you’re a musician, you only have to write the lyrics, you don’t have to do the music too. If you are a musician, you can optionally do the music too.
Your song can be about anything you like. But try to indulge in some romantic thinking. By "romantic" I’m not necessarily talking about "romance", although it could be that, but I’m really referring to the cultural perspective of "romanticism". In class we discussed realism and romanticism.
Writing Your Song
There’s tons of info online about writing pop songs!
Your Blog Post
- Post Your Lyrics!
- What were you trying to think about in your song?
- What was your process for writing your song?
- Was it easy? Hard? What you expected? Surprising?
- How successful do you think your song is?
- Do you think you will ever write another song?
- If you did write another song, what do you think it might be about?
- Write Music to go with your song. Present it as musical notation on your website. Up to +30,000 EC
- Write Music to go with your song. Present your lyrics and music as an audio performance on your website. Upload to SoundCloud or CCMixter and "embed" in your blog post. Up to +60,000 EC.
- Write music to go with your song. Team up with classmates to make a music video of your song. Upload to YouTube or Vimeo and "embed" in your blog post. Up to +90,000 EC.
I stay out too late
Got nothing in my brain