Here are a series of questions aimed at my students, but anyone is free to comment. The exercise is chose a couple of songs and ask yourself the following.
1.Can the recorded songs communicate anything beyond the notes, sounds and textures on the record? How do they communicate ? Why do they communicate? Why do they not communicate? What do they communicate?
2.Is the meaning the songs impart universal or personal? Again – explain your answer.
3.What ‘causes’ the music to occur? Is it the songwriter, society, the rehearsal process, a piece of technology, a producer etc? Are there any ergonomic clues in the music – what are they? What proof can you give for your answer?
Looking forward to seeing some responses. Use this as an opportunity to try and understand what you currently think about how music communicates meaning and most importantly – is your opinion correct?