Each idea pulls from Times reporting, Opinion pieces and multimedia on music to give students a place to start.
The activities are categorized according to three genres: creative and narrative writing; informative and explanatory writing; and persuasive and argumentative writing. Let us know in the comments._________Exercise #1: Write a story or poem inspired by music.
For example, on Billie Eilish’s and Khalid’s “Lovely,” Jon Pareles writes:“Lovely” is the song of someone inextricably attached or trapped: “I hope someday I’ll make it out of here,” Billie Eilish sings with Khalid — not in dialogue or counterpoint, but in unison, as if they’re each others’ partner and burden. After students have curated their own playlists, they are ready to write song annotations.
“Wanna feel alive outside/I can fight my fear.” The backdrop is piano and strings lingering on two chords; the melancholy never lifts, and at the end Khalid and Ms. Some ingredients they should include in their writing are: a claim explaining how the song relates to the topic or theme; evidence from the song (e.g., lyrics, instruments, rhythm or melodies) illustrating their claim; and analysis that explains the significance of these aspects of the song.
In an “imagined interview,” students, working individually or in pairs, play the part of both interviewer and interviewee.
They do background research on an artist they select, come up with a list of questions and answers for the interview, and then write a profile on their subject.
The home, a sixth-floor walk-up, was run-down and sparsely furnished. Adler’s stereo, which had pride of place on a shelf scavenged from the street.“The main thing for us was having big speakers and a blasting stereo.
Basquiat, broke and unable to afford canvases, painted with abandon on the walls and floor, even on Ms. That was the only furniture I purchased myself,” said Ms. When Basquiat was around, she recalled, “music was playing all the time.”On Thursday, the exhibition “Basquiat: Boom for Real” opened at the Barbican Center in London.
The show focuses on the artist’s relationship to music, text, film and television.
But it is jazz — the musical style that made up the bulk of Basquiat’s huge record collection — that looms largest as a source of personal inspiration to him and as a subject matter.