My IS looks at Blues songwriting in the 1960s and argues that themes in lyrical expression shifted as a result of Blues musicians’ popularity and the tense political aspects of the decade. Lyrics deepened an exploration of personal emotional expression and stories relating to songwriters’ lived experiences. In existing scholarship, Blues musicians’ lives, performances, and contributions to the genre have been explored. I bring a different approach to the scholarship by looking at the genre from specifically a songwriting perspective. The main primary sources I used were songs that the musicians wrote along with liner notes, interviews, and television specials. Quite a few of the songs I analyze have not been interpreted before. Additionally, this project was inspired by my own personal experience and interest in Blues songwriting, listening, and performance. I chose a podcast format because of the sonic and storytelling aspects of my topic, and I felt that my own skills in public speaking and creativity fit the development of the project.
Here is the link to my Soundcloud profile which currently contains all five episodes: https://soundcloud.com/shanelouis23.
Biro Walters, Jordan
Byrne, Shane, "“Forever On My Mind:” Blues Songwriting in the 1960s" (2023). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 10696.
American Studies | Audio Arts and Acoustics | Cultural History | Digital Humanities | History | Music | Public History | Social History | United States History
Blues, music, music history, songwriting
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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