Write 8 journal entries one for each song that you listen to addressing all of the following bullet points for each song (8 songs, 8 paragraphs):

  • What’s the title of the song?
  • Whats the name of the band leader and/or band? This information is clearly provided on internet and satellite radio. If youre listening to a traditional radio broadcast, DJs announce this info every now and then.
  • Whats the instrumentation? Larger ensembles such as swing big bands can be identified as such, but for smaller ensembles (up to 5 performers) I’d like you to identify all of the individual instruments if possible.
  • Describe the general character of the music: whats the atmosphere, vibe or emotional content of the piece?
  • How would you describe the tempo (slow, medium, fast)? Does the music sound consonant (harmonious) or dissonant (discordant and clashing) – or something in between?
  • How does the music unfold from beginning to end?
  • This is the most important aspect of this assignment, and should comprise at least half of each of your 8 journal entries.
  • This can include descriptions of shifts in mood and character, interesting exchanges/dialogues between instruments/musicians, descriptions of solos, and other notable moments.