This quite abstract photo I’ve posted is the artwork for HAWAI’s single ‘In My Head’, which I wrote about and finally had published this week! I think the artwork works very well with the song since there is a lot going on in the photo, just like the song. I focused on the juxtaposition of upbeat instrumentation and gloomy vocals in my write up, which I think is reflected in the cover art too. My full piece can be read here. I’m proud of this one, I think that I found a good way to describe a song that’s different from my usual write ups. I also felt like the conclusion to this writing was more natural and kind of just came out coherently. Usually, I spend the most time on trying to figure out how to wrap up my pieces without sounding repetitive or just ending abruptly but this conclusion felt easier to write.
I also met with the English department chair and the librarians this week to talk about my project. The librarians were so helpful and they had such a wealth of knowledge for me to tap into. I was a little overwhelmed by how many different directions I could take my research and I think this week I’ll meet with T. Betsy and T. Victoria again to narrow down my focus. They had so many suggestions and I was so excited to hear all of them, but I could spend an entire year on reading through everything they talked about and still have made no progress. I think I want to focus on the tone of reviews and how writers address their audience. I was attracted to When the Gramophone Rings because of its everyday, down-to-earth tone. It’s a blog centered around sharing music as opposed to showing off the cool new music that the writers have found like other blogs do. I thought a good way to do this was find albums or songs that many blogs have written about so I could compare how authors write to appeal to a particular audience. I know that reviews from large mainstream magazines like Entertainment Weekly or People have to have a different approach to reviewing music than other specialized magazines like Rolling Stone and Spin. I want to stick to music in the indie rock/alternative genres just because that’s the main focus of When the Gramophone Rings and I want to improve my writing in that context. The more examples I have to look at, (hopefully) the better my reviews will get. I will want to look at some similar blogs to WTGR as well, like Earmilk and Indie Shuffle. Pitchfork is another blog I should definitely look at since it has a totally different take on music from what I’m used to and what I enjoy reading.
T. Betsy suggested I look into other forms of reviews too, like book or art show reviews. I think it would be interesting to see what is similar and what is different between the reviews, but I might not have the time to do it. It’s more important to me to look at writing on music just because that’s what I’m most interested in. I think this upcoming week will be tricky with looking for music and writing while trying hone in on a specific research topic, but I’m excited to start looking into how to better my writing. I love reading music reviews, especially on music that I’ve written about, because I want to see how other people interpreted or reacted to it. This week I’ll really start to dive into that aspect of my study and I can’t wait!
In My Head. Digital image. SoundCloud. SoundCloud, 31 Aug. 2015. Web. 13 Sept. 2015. <https://i1.sndcdn.com/artworks-000127109513-i92x42-t500x500.jpg>.