Happy Wednesday all my East Coasters! It’s still Tuesday evening for me. So here is our final Song of the Week post for the month of February. I hope this month has been as enlightening for you as it has for me. The repertoire list has been so rich with lyrical complexities and music aesthetics. It has taken me a little while to choose our last Song of the Week because I want to delve into each of these songs. So before I talk about my choice, I just want to take a minute to reinforce my intention for these SOTWs.
Many of the songs we feature on this site will be familiar to you, as we post about different professionals’ top 10 favorites each month. But the purpose for featuring these songs is to provide opportunities for deeper reflection upon the music, enhancing our creativity, understanding, insight, and observational skills both inside and outside the clinical context. So when I sit down to learn our song of the week, I first take a few listens to the song with no distractions, usually earphones in. I listen for the general feel of the song, the texture of the music, how the chord structure directs the experience, the timbre and quality of instrumental and aural sounds, etc. Then I listen again and try to dissect the music further. The first listen I may notice that I like the general timbre of a certain part, so on the next listen, I try to figure out why I like it. Is it the instrument combination? Is there an Ostinato that I didn’t notice? Or maybe the singer suddenly uses a softer quality of voice at that part. Or it could be the drummer skips a normally played beat for the effect of suspense, etc.
After I have dissected the music (and music video sometimes), I try to recreate the impression of the song, or project my own take on the song.
This is a significant experience for me because oftentimes when I glance at our Repertoire list for the month, half the songs I won’t like or I’m sick of them from the radio, or maybe I have projected a bad experience on the song. But if I sit down and dissect the song as I briefly explained above, I always find something I can enjoy or relate to in some way. And I think that is an important part of being a well rounded musician.
All that to say, I hope you are all finding your own new way of experiencing and digging deeper into our SOTWs. It may give you insight into your own clinical or personal music situations.
Without further ado, please enjoy this week’s song: Airplanes by B.o.B. and Hayley Williams. I chose this song because I love the timbre of B.0.B.’s voice and his lyrics are so smooth and so moving. There are some really great metaphors in this song, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.