You are here

Log in or register to post comments
Buddha
Buddha's picture
Offline
Last seen: 2 years 10 months ago
Joined: Sep 8 2005 - 10:24am
Need help with my homework fo Mr. Marks' column.

Hola,

I'm working on my writing assignment for Mr. Marks' 'Fifth Element' project, but I am flummoxed.

One the one hand, are we supposed to write about songs with well crafted stories, with a beginning, a middle, and an end; have a point of view, an authorial tone (an attitude toward their subject matter,) and, for lack of a better word, a philosphy?

Or, are we supposed to be writing about songs or the rock era that we think could hold up to being sung a capella by the Ensemble Amarcord during a mixed program of classical and popular works?

Or both?

_

I'm kind of leaning toward the first description, because I sure would not want to experience some of the songs on Mr. Marks' list sung in such a way. But then, on the other hand, maybe he thinks Aja, Deacon Blues, If You Could Read My Mind, and The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face could survive that sort of abuse?

If we don't have to imagine the songs on our lists being turned into an overwrought choir tune, then I'm ready to roll!

I await further instruction.

bifcake
bifcake's picture
Offline
Last seen: Never ago
Joined: Nov 27 2005 - 2:27am
Re: Need help with my homework fo Mr. Marks' column.

My take on this is that it's the former. List your songs that tell a story.

Buddha
Buddha's picture
Offline
Last seen: 2 years 10 months ago
Joined: Sep 8 2005 - 10:24am
Re: Need help with my homework fo Mr. Marks' column.

Thanks, AlexO, that made me feel better.

Off to work!

Cheers!

Editor
Editor's picture
Offline
Last seen: 3 years 9 months ago
Joined: Sep 1 2005 - 8:56am
Re: Need help with my homework fo Mr. Marks' column.


Quote:
I'm working on my writing assignment for Mr. Marks' 'Fifth Element' project, but I am flummoxed....I await further instruction.

Think Smoke on the Water; think Back in Black; then think the opposite -- as opposite as you can get from either. That should get you in the ballpark.

John Atkinson
Editor, Stereophile

Buddha
Buddha's picture
Offline
Last seen: 2 years 10 months ago
Joined: Sep 8 2005 - 10:24am
Re: Need help with my homework fo Mr. Marks' column.

Dang, too late! I already submitted my answers.

Shoot. Smoke on the Water...it tells a story, it has a beginning, a middle, and end, and an authroial point of view. It would also sound great performed by an a cappella choir. Why didn't I think of that?

Maybe I can go back and add War Pigs and Radar Love, too!

No way any of those can top "They call Alabama the Crimson Tide," though.

smejias
smejias's picture
Offline
Last seen: 3 years 9 months ago
Joined: Aug 25 2005 - 10:29am
Re: Need help with my homework fo Mr. Marks' column.


Quote:
Shoot. Smoke on the Water...it tells a story, it has a beginning, a middle, and end, and an authroial point of view. It would also sound great performed by an a cappella choir.

Or even a whole enormous, awesome, screaming, plucking Japanese orchestra.

Buddha
Buddha's picture
Offline
Last seen: 2 years 10 months ago
Joined: Sep 8 2005 - 10:24am
Re: Need help with my homework fo Mr. Marks' column.


Quote:

Quote:
Shoot. Smoke on the Water...it tells a story, it has a beginning, a middle, and end, and an authroial point of view. It would also sound great performed by an a cappella choir.

Or even a whole enormous, awesome, screaming, plucking Japanese orchestra.

That is killer good!

Thank heaven they had subtitles.

jazzfan
jazzfan's picture
Offline
Last seen: 3 months 6 days ago
Joined: Sep 8 2005 - 8:55am
Re: Need help with my homework fo Mr. Marks' column.


Quote:

Quote:
Shoot. Smoke on the Water...it tells a story, it has a beginning, a middle, and end, and an authroial point of view. It would also sound great performed by an a cappella choir.

Or even a whole enormous, awesome, screaming, plucking Japanese orchestra.

Did Blackmore or anyone else from Deep Purple get a royalty check for that performance? And if so did they return it?

O'Shag
O'Shag's picture
Offline
Last seen: Never ago
Joined: Jan 21 2008 - 9:30pm
Re: Need help with my homework fo Mr. Marks' column.

I'm working on my list

BillB
BillB's picture
Offline
Last seen: 2 years 3 months ago
Joined: Aug 15 2007 - 2:04pm
Re: Need help with my homework fo Mr. Marks' column.

I just re-read JM's article and don't think I can appreciate his choices. Jackson Browne as a great "example" of what he's looking for makes me cough. JB is/was an mediocre-to-good songwriter whose popularity was a little too dependent on his looks and non-threatening manner and not because he was actually deep or insightful. Gordon Lightfoot pleasant but not a major figure. Dan Fogelberg - my goodness, a lightweight! I respect JM but I think I've found a weak spot - his taste in "pop" or "rock" is not sophisticated. I know, that's just my opinion. There's no accounting for taste. Without even cherry-picking, I would toss some Roxy Music, Lou Reed, Smith, Lloyd Cole, Stephin Merritt, Otis Redding, etc in there, and IN MY OPINION JM's lightweight picks would wither away into triviality. I mean, come on! At least he's right on Leonard Cohen, though.

Buddha
Buddha's picture
Offline
Last seen: 2 years 10 months ago
Joined: Sep 8 2005 - 10:24am
Re: Need help with my homework fo Mr. Marks' column.


Quote:
I just re-read JM's article and don't think I can appreciate his choices. Jackson Browne as a great "example" of what he's looking for makes me cough. JB is/was an mediocre-to-good songwriter whose popularity was a little too dependent on his looks and non-threatening manner and not because he was actually deep or insightful. Gordon Lightfoot pleasant but not a major figure. Dan Fogelberg - my goodness, a lightweight! I respect JM but I think I've found a weak spot - his taste in "pop" or "rock" is not sophisticated. I know, that's just my opinion. There's no accounting for taste. Without even cherry-picking, I would toss some Roxy Music, Lou Reed, Smith, Lloyd Cole, Stephin Merritt, Otis Redding, etc in there, and IN MY OPINION JM's lightweight picks would wither away into triviality. I mean, come on! At least he's right on Leonard Cohen, though.

Well, then, you better get working on your list! It's due Friday!

I look forward to your choices. We should post our lists after the due date!

BillB
BillB's picture
Offline
Last seen: 2 years 3 months ago
Joined: Aug 15 2007 - 2:04pm
Re: Need help with my homework fo Mr. Marks' column.


Quote:

Quote:
I just re-read JM's article and don't think I can appreciate his choices. Jackson Browne as a great "example" of what he's looking for makes me cough. JB is/was an mediocre-to-good songwriter whose popularity was a little too dependent on his looks and non-threatening manner and not because he was actually deep or insightful. Gordon Lightfoot pleasant but not a major figure. Dan Fogelberg - my goodness, a lightweight! I respect JM but I think I've found a weak spot - his taste in "pop" or "rock" is not sophisticated. I know, that's just my opinion. There's no accounting for taste. Without even cherry-picking, I would toss some Roxy Music, Lou Reed, the Smiths, Lloyd Cole, Stephin Merritt, Otis Redding, etc in there, and IN MY OPINION JM's lightweight picks would wither away into triviality. I mean, come on! At least he's right on Leonard Cohen, though.

Well, then, you better get working on your list! It's due Friday!

I look forward to your choices. We should post our lists after the due date!

You're right, Buddha, ideally I'd submit a list too but don't think I'll get around to it. Would be interested in reading others' lists.
Altho it's not a list - I've been turning on friends to The Drones lately. Superb intense (and literate) band. Probably not to John Marks' taste but that's ok, I'm digging them deeply. Also on heavy rotation these days, Nicole Atkins and the Sea; Destroyer; and most of the Neil Young catalog, including Living With War (which comes with a DVD containing hi-rez 24/96 audio)

smejias
smejias's picture
Offline
Last seen: 3 years 9 months ago
Joined: Aug 25 2005 - 10:29am
Re: Need help with my homework fo Mr. Marks' column.
Buddha
Buddha's picture
Offline
Last seen: 2 years 10 months ago
Joined: Sep 8 2005 - 10:24am
Re: Need help with my homework fo Mr. Marks' column.

Yup. Mine went nowhere.

My answers:

Buddha

smejias
smejias's picture
Offline
Last seen: 3 years 9 months ago
Joined: Aug 25 2005 - 10:29am
Re: Need help with my homework fo Mr. Marks' column.


Quote:
Yup. Mine went nowhere.

It must've been because of the Bob Dylan thing.

Elk
Elk's picture
Offline
Last seen: 4 months 1 week ago
Joined: Dec 26 2006 - 6:32am
Re: Need help with my homework fo Mr. Marks' column.


Quote:
It must've been because of the Bob Dylan thing.


Good one, Stephen!

Great list Buddha, but even better commentary.

  • X
    Enter your Stereophile.com username.
    Enter the password that accompanies your username.
    Loading