Warm-Up 2/10/2014. Find your writing goals sheet in your binder Take out your song analysis draft Get a green, blue, pink, and yellow highlighter from the bins up front. You may need to share blue highlighters at your table. Song Analysis Essay Self-Review. Writing Goal.
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10 February 2014
Must make a claim about how that song:
If it looks like this, they do not have a claim:
made an impact on you
truly reflects who you are or some aspect of your being
holds a special meaning for you in some way
“On Your Porch” really impacted how I’ve lived my life.
“On Your Porch” reflects who I am.
“On Your Porch” is the most meaningful song to me for a number of reasons.
Explain what the chosen lyrics mean to you
Connect the song to you through concrete (specific) examples from your life
Prove your thesis and green words
Focus on anything other than yourself or your life
Be vague and lack detail
The first time I saw The Format in concert was at Edgefest 2004. After a long, sun-baked day of endless bands, the sky had darkened to the dirty blue of all rainclouds. It threatened all the electrical equipment of the stage and sound controls, and yet the last band refused to give up taking the stage. Nate, Sam, and the other “Formatters” came up, and the crowd, now dotted with rain sprinkles, grew louder and louder until Nate took the microphone. When he announced the show would go on, the crowd erupted in approval. There is nothing quite like a Format crowd. We sang along to both fast and slow songs, and as we sang a shared camaraderie built between crowd members, the band, and the rain that turns to sheets and blinded us all. We left that night running through the rain, soaked and thrilled with the performance, racing through the parking lot to my car to recount, time and again, that last, wondrous performance. Since then my love of the band only grew, and with each album Nate Ruess (now the lead singer of Fun.) writes, I feel that he has written the soundtrack to my life. The song that defined my senior year of high school was The Format’s “On Your Porch.” To me, “On Your Porch” speaks to the bravery it takes to have compassion for myself, and the solitude I have sometimes faced in search of hope for a better future.
The moment you’ve all been waiting for! Check for:
Even if you aren’t sure, mark it. You know when something doesn’t look or sound quite right. You will double-check later