Writing Music explores questions around the central topic of music: What is music—and why do we love It? How does music express and shape the self? How do we make and consume music? How does music negotiate race and ethnicity? What does music reveal about sexuality and gender? Readings by musicians, psychologists, philosophers, economists, and others take up these issues and more. Questions and assignments for each selection provide a range of activities for students, while the website for the Spotlight Series offers instructor support with additional teaching resources at macmillanlearning.com/spotlight.
The Bedford Spotlight Reader Series is an exciting line of single-theme readers, each featuring Bedford’s trademark care and quality. An Editorial Board of more than a dozen compositionists at schools focusing on specific themes assists in the development of the series. The readers in the series collect thoughtfully chosen readings sufficient for an entire writing course—about 35 selections—to allow instructors to provide carefully developed, high-quality instruction at an affordable price. Bedford Spotlight Readers are designed to help students make inquiries from multiple perspectives, opening up topics such as language, humor, monsters, borders, subcultures, happiness, money, food, sustainability, and gender to critical analysis. The readers are flexibly arranged in thematic chapters, each focusing in depth on a different facet of the central topic.
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Table of Contents
About the Bedford Spotlight Reader Series
Preface for Instructors
Contents by Discipline
Contents by Theme
Contents by Rhetorical Purpose
Introduction for Students
1. What Is Music and Why Do We Love It?
Barry Parker, Making Music
Brad Mehldau, Blank Expressions: Brad Mehldau and the Essence of Music
Stephen A. Diamond, Why We Love Music and Freud Despised It
Leonid Perlovsky, Music and Consciousness
St. Basil, from The Homily on the First Psalm
Oliver Sacks, Brainworms, Sticky Music, and Catchy Tunes
Jan Swafford, The Most Beautiful Melody in the World
Justin Davidson, Beethovens Kapow
2. How Does Music Express and Shape the Self?
Rob Sheffield, Left of the Dial
Aristotle, from Politics
Frederick Douglass, from My Bondage and My Freedom
Robert O'Meally, Lady Day
Laina Dawes, Hardcore Persona
Judy Berman, Concerning the Spiritual in Indie Rock
Will Wilkinson, Country Music, Openness to Experience, and the Psychology of the Culture War
Jeff Ousborne, Songs of Myself? Not Quite
Zach Moldof, Humble Trappings: Blue-Collar Hip-Hop and Recasting the Drug Dealer's Myth
Jeremy Gordon, I Listen to Everything, Except Rap and Country Music
3. How Do We Make and Consume Music?
Mark Oppenheimer, Stop Forcing Your Kids to Learn a Musical Instrument
Gracy Olmstead, Loving Through Pain: Why Learning an Instrument Matters
Meghan Daum, Music Is My Bag
Lessley Anderson, Seduced By Perfect Pitch: How Auto-Tune Conquered Pop Music
Robert J. Oxoby, On the Efficiency of AC/DC: Bon Scott versus Brian Johnson
Tom Jacobs, When Things Look Dark, Country Music Gets Sunnier
Damon Krukowski, Making Cents
George Howard, Why Artists Should Stop Chasing Spotify's Pennies and Focus on Top Fans
4. How Does Music Negotiate Race and Ethnicity?
Eugene Holley, My Bill Evans Problem: Jaded Visions of Jazz and Race
Samantha Ainsley, Black Rhythm, White Power
Heben Nigatu, In Defense of Kanye's Vanity: The Politics of Black Self-Love
Sasha Frere-Jones, A Paler Shade of White: How Indie Rock Lost Its Soul
Deborah Pacini Hernandez, To Rock or Not to Rock: Cultural Nationalism and Latino Engagement with Rock 'n' Roll
Chris Kjorness, Latin Music Is American Music
Kat Chow, How the 'Kung Fu Fighting' Melody Came to Represent Asia
Jeff Chang, It's a Hip-Hop World
5. What Does Music Reveal about Sexuality and Gender?
Tamara Winfrey Harris, All Hail the Queen?
Susan Hiwatt, Macho Rock: Men Always Seem to End Up on Top
Hannah Steinkopf-Frank, They've Got the Beat
Amy Clements-Cortes, The Role of Pop Music and Pop Singers in the Construction of a Singer's Identity in Three Early Adolescent Females
Madison Moore, Tina Theory: Notes on Fierceness
Sentence Guides for Academic Writers
Index of Authors and Titles