Songwriting & Context – ST3: Write a Protest Song

For this task, writing a protest song, I teamed up with Rachel (http://rachelirwinmusic.tumblr.com) to tackle the issue of slavery. The song is written from two different perspectives, one of a slave in the USA, the other, of his son back home in Africa. It is sombre and slow-paced, an unintentional reminder to stop and think about …

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Songwriting & Context – ST8: Review, Instrumental Composition & Analytical Understanding

I have chosen to review an article from Berklee Online. The article in question is called 'Songwriting Advice from 10 Grammy-Nominated Songwriter,' and takes pieces from interviews with each artist about their songwriting process. In terms of accessibility, the article is quite succinct; it doesn't use masses of technical language or talk of complex ideas. The only …

Songwriting & Context – ST2: Protest Song Research

The Smiths – Meat Is Murder The Smiths released Meat Is Murder in February 1985 as a protest against the immoral and unethical treatment of animals, particularly in the food production industry as the title suggests. Having been an intermittent vegetarian for a few years now, only recently have I become fully interested in the …