MPM Journal 4

MPM Journal 4 - Storhoff Modern Popular Music 10/30/09...

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Storhoff Modern Popular Music 10/30/09 J O U R N A L 4 : T H E 1 9 7 0 S Part 1: Don McClean - "American Pie" (1971): nostalgia for early rock- political unrest and search for the individual- folk rock song- about Buddy Holly’s death by plane crash in 1959- the indirect lyrics inspire interpretation- include many references to other musicians describing the importance of America’s musical and cultural background- lyrics also said to be somewhat autobiographical- from the album American Pie- originally recorded on vinyl record- producer was Ed Freeman- McClean’s most famous song; McClean sang, played guitar, banjo and piano. This has been my favorite song since I was a kid- the rhythm is catchy and the melody emotional and captivating. B.J. Thomas - "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" (1970): bass, guitar, and male singer (and small ensemble for some parts)- simple chords and form- major key= lyrics take an optimistic outlook on a bad situation (this could be from the Beatles’ break-up and deaths of Hendrix and Joplin and loneliness throughout the world)- “Because I’m free” sets the stage for how the 1970’s will be the decade for “me”- search for self over society and time of change; Thomas is known for positive-themed albums- use of embellishments and emotion. The lyrics are fun (Thomas does an excellent job in making his listeners feel happy)- I have to smile while listening to this song. The Who - "Pinball Wizard" (1969):
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