Putting the finishing touches on my portfolio, I only just realized that I’m missing an essay from a year ago that I never published online. It is an ethical look at the illegal downloading of ebooks and how to help the industry change. Let me know if you have any comments!
As I have said before, I was in a music history course last semester. As I am also in an honors program here at college, I was required to create an honors-worthy project that had to do with the course. As I am also a graphic design major, I was interested in studying how bands were marketed with their album covers. I am also interested in gender differences and therefore looked at how female bands were marketed. The timeframe I chose—the 1960s—is due to the class’ studied timeframe. I do not claim to be an expert in gender studies, as I’ve only taken one course in the matter, so please don’t take my essay as proof of anything.
So far I have posted two other essays, “Country Music’s Northern Redemption” and “Technology and Music in the Early Twentieth Century.” If you liked this essay, you may like those as well.
Due to the nature of my majors in college—Graphic Design and Music Studies—I tend to not write many papers. However, if I am to write any papers it is most likely for them to be about music. My last paper I added to this blog, “Country Music’s Northern Redemption,” was written as a midterm paper for my music of pop & rock class. The following paper, “Technology and Music in the Early Twentieth Century,” was the final paper for the same class. In the paper I discuss how music and the technology behind its recording changed in relation to one another, sort of like “form follows function.” In some cases, function follows the form when it comes to music technology.
Soon I will be uploading another essay relating to popular music history, so check back soon!
Last year I uploaded to this blog one of my essays from my music history course and it centered on the music of Doctor Who. As timely as it is to bring this up again, what with the 50th anniversary special almost a week away, I just received my most recent music essay back from my professor today.
For this paper we were to choose any topic that pertained to popular music in the 1920s through the 1960s. Since we were studying country music and I have been listening to The Abrams Brothers for the past few years, I decided to write about the history of country music and how its origins have survived until this time.
Back at the end of April, I was required to write an essay about anything that had to do with music from the 1700s to the present day. I knew this was my only opportunity: I could write about Doctor Who. This may sound like the easiest thing in the world, but in fact it became 8 pages long. I’ve been meaning to post this online for a while, and I have finally been able to do so.
What do you think of my essay? Let me know in the comments!