There are albums from the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s and 10s in my songwriting class and each week one of those albums is inspected by a group of 2 – 3 students who explain it to us. Later today it will be After The Goldrush by Neil Young. I was worried earlier in this teaching business that too many of the students did not know anything about some of these records which are meaningful to me, but now I have watched many times how they get into it and discover it. Even when they present explanations sometimes that do not make sense to me, like the time someone said Leonard Cohen’s I’m Your Man was obviously about AIDS or the time someone else explained Roses by Kanye West was not about his dying grandmother but about Christianity, I am amused with their getting into the listening and thinking about songwriting. That in itself is the reasonable goal from all this.

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