MUSIC 109The Music of the Beatles Creative Paper
Due Date: The window of opportunity to submit your paper starts at 8:00 a.m. EST on Monday, April 3rd, and ends at 11:55 p.m. EST on Monday, April 17th. The Creative Paper Drop Box in CANVAS will appear starting Monday, April 3rd. Late papers will not be accepted.
Formatting: Use Microsoft Word (not odt etc.) to write your paper, incorporating a 12-point Times New Roman font and 1-inch margins. Double-space your paper; do not add extra line spaces (triple spacing) between paragraphs. Upload your Word doc into the drop box in CANVAS and double-check to make sure it is legible. DO NOT paste it into the text box, use GoogleDocs, or make it a PDF. Do not add unnecessary line spacing. Only one paper will be graded; resubmitted papers will be deleted.
Creative Paper: You are required to write a creative, well-developed paper of at least 5 pages in length(this does not include any optional title or reference pages), focusing on the analysis of the words and music of 3 Beatle songs, ideally from different periods in the groups stylistic development. You will likewise consider the interaction of words and music, concentrating on how a songs message is conveyed by different musical techniques. If needed, refer back to the lessons (especially Lesson 5) for ideas on how you might approach talking about musical aspects (such as the discussions of melody, harmony, key, instrumentation, form, timbre, texture, meter, rhythm, special effects, etc.), plus the interaction of words and music. By interaction of the words and music, I am referring to how the use of music elements listed above enhances the meaning and emotions associated with the song’s lyrics. For instance, a fast tempo with strongly articulated rhythms could suggest an upbeat, lively, excited or anxious feeling being portrayed in the song’s lyrics. A slower paced song in a minor key could suggest a melancholy mood associated with the text. Even high or low pitches could correspond to something mentioned as being high or low in the lyrics–word painting like this has been used for centuries. This paper is meant to give you a voice, and I hope you will enjoy writing it. I want to read your own ideas. Make sure to treat both lyrics and music equally. At the very least, try to pick out at least 3 unique/special musical characteristics that are prominent features in each particular song. The goal is for you to write well about the important things (both lyrical and musical) that make the song stand out or be a success, and that differentiate it from other songs. DO NOT make the Beatles career trajectory the focus of your paper!
All but one of the Beatle songs you choose must be ones not (to be) studied this semester. This does not preclude choosing all unfamiliar songs if you prefer to do so. It is very important to take what you have learned and apply it independently to songs with which you are not familiar. Such independent research and application is a vital part of the learning process.Your creative paper is not a book report or full-blown research paper where Id expect footnotes and a bibliography; rather, its a well-developed essay. As for any sources that you should cite (that is, if you include specialized information or are quoting somebody), put the authors name and date in parentheses after the information in question (Benitez 2015). See the course Syllabus for a list of suggested resources. Be careful about your sourcesdo not use someones blog as a source. Suggested resources: See the syllabus page 5 for some. Also, the Alan W. Pollack Notes on
series online is good. However, stay away from sources such as Songfacts.com mostly by non-experts.
If you do not mindfully listen to the songs and reflect, but just compile information (especially from
the Internet), your grade will be lowered.
Be very careful when submitting your paper. Make sure to proofread your writing for spelling, grammar, usage and double word errors; dont rely only on Spellcheck, as it will not find many of those errors. Also, note that song titles should be in quotes (e.g., Please Please Me) and film, TV show, and album titles should be italicized (e.g., Please Please Me). Important: Please put your first and last names on the uploaded document! Even better, also include your name as part of the file name.
Songs that will not be studied this semester in the course lessons that are fair game:
You are allowed to choose up to/only one song that we have covered this semester as a part of the three that you will write about for this paper. As for the remaining two, those that were mentioned in passing in a lesson as well as those that were not addressed at all are fair game. Therefore, Id like to suggest the following songs that we did not cover as possible choices when writing your paper. Some of the songs are covers, which would be perfectly fine with meif you choose a cover, Id expect you to critique the original and the Beatles version (e.g., Twist and Shout). So, here they are. As you can see, there are plenty of songs from which to choose.
Early period of the Beatles: From Me To You, Thank You Girl, I’ll Get You, Misery, Anna, Chains, Please, Please Me, Do You Want To Know A Secret, There’s A Place, Twist And Shout, It Won’t Be Long, All I’ve Got To Do, Little Child, Hold Me Tight, Not A Second Time, I Should Have Known Better, And I Love Her, Tell Me Why, Im Happy Just To Dance With You, I’ll Be Back, You Can’t Do That, When I Get Home, Any Time At All, Can’t Buy Me Love
Transitional period (late 1964-65): No Reply, Baby’s In Black, Ill Follow The Sun, Eight Days A Week, You Like Me Too Much, Honey Dont, Rock And Roll Music, Everybodys Trying To Be My Baby, The Night Before, You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away, You’re Going To Lose That Girl, Another Girl, Dizzy Miss Lizzie, I’ve Just Seen A Face, It’s Only Love, Act Naturally
A New Level of Mastery (late 1965-66): You Won’t See Me, Think For Yourself, The Word, What Goes On, Girl, Im Looking Through You, Im Only Sleeping, Yellow Submarine, She Said She Said, Good Day Sunshine, For No One, Doctor Robert, I Want To Tell You, Got to Get You Into My Life
Psychedelia and Post-Psychedelia: Blue Jay Way, Your Mother Should Know, Baby You’re a Rich Man, Dear Prudence, Happiness Is A Warm Gun, Martha My Dear, I’m So Tired, Rocky Raccoon, I Will, Julia, Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey, Sexy Sadie, Helter Skelter, Long, Long, Long, Cry Baby Cry, Mother Nature’s Son, Savoy Truffle
Getting Back to Their Roots: Two Of Us, Across the Universe, One After 909, The Long And Winding Road, For You Blue
Swan Song (Abbey Road): Maxwell’s Silver Hammer, Octopuss Garden, I Want You (She’s So Heavy), Her Majesty, Old Brown Shoe (single)
Beatles Anthology: Free as a Bird, Real Love
Access to Beatle Songs: Many of you may already have aural access to Beatle songs through a variety of means (ITunes, CDs, IPod, etc.). If you dont, just go to YouTube to hear any song youll be writing about.