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Before writing your album review – please look at the sample album review I drop

Before writing your album review – please look at the sample album review I dropped in our Blackboard Lessons Tab entitled “Album Review Sample.”  Once you have done that, following these directions:***
1) Pick 6 of your favorite songs and talk about them similarly to the sample. Talk about things you like, dislike – and have reasons to support what you are typing.
2) Use time-coding. This means when you are at a point of the song that you really like/dislike – tell us where it is in the song so that we know exactly the moment you are talking about (for example – at 2:22 of “Old Town Road” I liked the bass drop…) This will make it easier for everyone to follow what you are commenting about.
3) After you are done with your six-song review – give me an overall review of the entire album as a whole. If you love it – give the album 5 stars. If you hate it – give it 1 star. Be sure to give a reason why you rated it the way you did. Additionally, since we are learning about a new genre each week, I would like you to explain what you learned about the genre and what characteristics set it apart from other popular genres.
4) Respond to another student’s review using at least 100 words.  I want this to be an opportunity for everyone in the class to communicate about music and hopefully have quality discussions about whatever album we are listening to that week. You can write as many responses to as many different students as you would like – but you must at least do ONE.

This is both a creative project and a rigorous, critical writing assignment— key

This is both a creative project and a rigorous, critical writing assignment— key issues, themes and music discussed this class
I need to tell a story about the music of Los Angeles and construct an argument based on the theme of place, music and identity. I have attached some readings below to construct an argument.
I need this paper to be centered around Los Angeles music, and how
1. How music and identity and place relate (use article Music and Identity by Frith)
2. this article: https://www.vanityfair.com/culture/2015/02/laurel-canyon-music-scene relates to place and music and identity , this article will also help: https://musicoholics.com/best-of-the-best/the-myths-and-music-of-laurel-canyon-from-hippies-to-rock-legends/
3. What the riot nights on sunset strip (in the files) says about music and place and how it had an impact
You don’t need to write about songs and analyze them, but incase you want to reference them, the main songs I am using is:
1. buffalo springfield’s “for what its worth” https://genius.com/Buffalo-springfield-for-what-its-worth-lyrics
2. Our house https://genius.com/Crosby-stills-nash-and-young-our-house-lyrics
3. “Los Angeles, im yours” https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-2006-sep-17-ca-socal17-story.html

Link for the concert;- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gu8q_fJeVU&ab_channel=Ja

Link for the concert;- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gu8q_fJeVU&ab_channel=JavaJazzFest
your assignment is to watch the videos of jazz concerts linked below, and then write a report about what you saw and heard.  This report should be a minimum of 500 words long and should include the following:
1.  a description of the band (the types of instruments/singers)
2.  descriptions of the music—This is the most important part!
Pay attention to the music, and take note of things that you find interesting.  You can organize your paper in any way that you’d like, but here are some ideas for things that you could include. 
-Describe the overall style–is it similar in any way to any of the styles we have studied or any other music that you have heard?
-Point out any musical techniques that you recognize from our discussions in class (improvisation, blues-like melodies, syncopation, call and response, etc.)
-Describe one of the pieces that was played: who played the melody, who played improvised solos., and how did the piece end?
-Point out any aspects of the performance that you either liked or didn’t particularly like.  Was there anything that you found surprising or unusual?