Key Components of Reviewing Music

In a Rolling Stone article on Prince’s most recent album, HitnRun Phase Two, there are some key attributes that come with writing about music. Right off the bat there is a fun picture of the artist, along with another photo of his album’s cover art. Rolling Stone is a magazine, and they want to catch readers’ eyes, so of course there is a multi-media element to this form of writing. Kory Grow, the author of the short Prince review, did not neglect to include past works of the artist either, comparing them to his present day LPs (also known as a Long Playing, which is a little bit of music jargon meant for the music lovers reading the article). Grow ultimately praises Prince for returning to his true soul-funk nature after attempting the new forms of today’s music, such as EDM. Grow gets there by first critiquing Prince, but quickly says how great the new album is– all supported with quotes! That is one large part of this genre, and in this venue. Lyrics are everything, composition is everything, and music reviewers love to talk about those hooks. In this review, Grow also compares Prince to other artists attempting the same musical feats. A music review must be dynamic, and for it to be successful, the author must have some sort of stance on the artist, while backing it up with actual musical knowledge.

A Form Less Traveled

I will try and make this as painful as possible, because I know that law is not the most riveting topic for most. With that being said, I on the other hand am so intrigued by the art of contract writing. So intrigued perhaps, that when I tell people this I probably fail to notice their eyes go blank and cloudy because I am too busy talking about how I would love to sign a band some day. Legal rhetoric is like another language, one that circles about itself in such a way that the reader is forced to sign out of exhaustion. Pretty crazy, huh? The mere fact that a stack of papers can sign someone off to agree to something for any amount of time makes my mind race. Contract writing, and really the realm of law itself, is like a mysterious unicorn that, to me, invites so many questions. Where and how does a lawyer start? What happens during negotiation? Basically, how do you do it? The entire venue of this profession is exciting, which may seem surprising coming from a person who also enjoys creative writing. Learning how to write legally would be like learning the English language all over again, and to be able to code switch from legal to creative language would be like finally seeing that unicorn– pretty cool.