The Modern Lyric

The story of the decline of book poetry and the elevation of popular song since World War...

The Classic Record Album – 1965-1986 (Part I)

The classic album of the golden age of records was meant to be listened to as a whole – a unified statement. The effects of such a large composition is quite different from the hit parade of the ’40’s or the 45’s of the ’50’s. It...

A Perfect Pop Song

A look at the language and structure of the Cars’ “It’s All I Can Do”.

Bob Dylan and the Nobel Prize

A look at Dylan’s role as a poet-his persona, his skill, and his originality. Do Dylan’s verses stand alone? Does Dylan compare with other Nobel winners? Are lyrics set with stringed or other instruments actually poems?