This article makes me thinking that I could apply art analysis to analyzing White and Auerbach's music. It gives a very detailed list on how paintings are analyzed, and after seeing Lauren's idea of analyzing how memes are art, I think it would be a very interesting approach to my essay to use art criticism to determine whose music is better. It also gives a very simple way to structure my paper using the four methods of art criticism: Description, Analysis, Interpretation, and Judgment. If I were to follow these steps twice, it would be a perfectly structured way to review each band's music as a whole. I think the theory I would use to judge music would be Emotionalism, or how art evokes emotions.
The main idea inspired by this article is that instrumentation is maybe not as important to successful music as I once thought. Does it really matter if Jack White or Dan Auerbach is a better guitar player? While it does play a factor, this article shows to me that the way art is produced does not change the quality of the art itself. If Jack White uses a backing track, that does not make his music less authentic, but rather adds another important layer to his end product. I could argue that a songs deep meaning has more to do with the success of a song than the instruments used to produce the song.
The structure of this article gives me a good idea of how I could create a concise but thorough chronology of each band's music followed by an analysis and conclusion on each. The documentation of the flu including video explanation is a very plausible structure to my possible iMovie podcast. I would follow each band's musical evolution as well as a timeline of their commercial success. I could get the evidence from various databases as well as mentor texts from their original music. I do not know how I would incorporate it, but maybe I could flash the source on screen whenever I use information from it.
By analyzing how the media portrays rock legends like Jack White and Dan Auerbach, I could easily build upon my psychology idea by delving into the personal bias that comes with associating an artist's personal life with his or her music. For instance, Jack White is portrayed as an eccentric mystery many by the media, which can unfairly cause a listener to think that his music is weird or unlikable. Dan Auerbach is also less famous than Jack White, which may cause many people to think that The White Stripes' music is better than that of The Black Keys. While I will examine commercial success as a factor into which band has a more enjoyable sound, the decision of which band is fundamentally better will not be answered by media bias or notoriety. I could use a psychology based counter argument to disprove that media bias affects the quality of an artist's music.
While I have already explored the idea of incorporating sound bytes of songs into my paper, possibly in between paragraphs. It is not only a good way of structuring my paper, but also a good way to keep the reader / listener interested and informed on the song analyses and reviews that I will be conducting for the White Stripes and The Black Keys. I've thought about maybe making my paper into a concise podcast, but I would have two sides present each band's argument. I would write both arguments, but I feel like it would refreshing to have a distinguishable voice assigned to each band's argument. Then for the introduction and conclusion, I might be able to incorporate a third party to read the final verdict so the decision does not seem biased. Each side would take turns presenting different parts of their argument, so it would switch between an argument against The White Stripes or in favor of The Black Keys or vice versa.
"Here Comes the Sun" is possibly the most covered song of all time, and reading this article gave me the most creative idea I've had yet, a parody of this song with lyrics presenting the points in my essay. I would play all the instruments and I would get Charlie to sing, as well as submit a separate transcript with the lyrics that I wrote. If I have time, I could also make a quick, fun music video to put behind the music as well. Besides this idea, the main thing I could take from this article and apply to a traditional essay is how each band's music has not only impacted music, but how it has impacted society. The thought process would be, the greater the musical influence, musical impact, and societal / pop culture impact, the greater the longevity and overall quality of the band.
This article presents a very interesting structure idea to me, despite its extremely short length. I could use music videos as mentor texts for each band. By analyzing not only the song, but also the music video for the song, I might be able to get the reader to a deeper understanding of the music and artist in general. Of course, this would require me to maybe make my essay in iMovie so I can display clips from each music video, including sound. Maybe music and video combined are the best tools to understanding a song, and I could use this not only to my argument's advantage, but also to the readability of my essay's advantage.
This article presents a very interesting critical analysis of Jack White's album, "Boarding House Reach", and I find that it would be easy to set up a review of the Black Keys and The White Stripes in this style. The simplest way to do it would be to take a select few songs from each band's discography and analyze them on the basis that they are the best the band has to offer, despite music's subjectivity. Looking at the negatives and positives of each song individually, I could create a well structured chronology and evolution of each band's music. I also got another interesting idea from this article: I could measure the diversity of each band's music as a factor to their overall musical success. It gives me a very good idea on how to analyze how too many musical influences can be a bad thing whenever the genres don't blend.
This article gives a fresh take on how to apply a band's previous sound to a changing dynamic. For instance, looking at the evolution of the instrumentation throughout the band's discography, like the addition of bagpipes to certain songs. Even when reviewing the "least appealing" song on the record, the writer remained respectful when describing the bizarre instrumentation and weird musical decisions made by White. He also delves into how Jack White successfully experimented in other genres, such as his cover of Conquest, which is a fusion of hard rock and mariachi music. I could compare the many different influences on White and Auerbach and how it affected the band's signature sound and style of song structure.
The main idea that I have taken from this article is building upon a previous idea that I had: looking behind the psychology behind what makes certain music appealing. While it could be easier to look at the reason why Jack White and Dan Auerbach's music succeeds through music theory, I feel as if a much more fresh and interesting approach would be using certain psychological phenomena to analyze their music. The article also presents the idea of possible using rhetorical questions to further my point, and this came from the "Moses Illusion" presented in the article. I could probably find several academic sources to apply to my paper using psychology, considering that it is a heavily studied subject. It also gives me a large incentive to go back and fact check my paper to make sure I realize that wrong details and points made in my paper are valid and not errors in logic or general presentation.