There is some controversy in the Music world if story is an important aspect of music. When we think of story, we might think of childhood fairytales, or maybe a book we have to read, or have read. Or maybe it is a humorous retelling of a story of something a friend did unintentionally. Regardless of what the story may be, there are many ways to tell it. Sure you could put it in words. You could write it, or read it, or say it, or see it, or could you play it?
In band this year we have been exploring the relationships that music may have with music. I know when I hear music, especially instrumental music, I see images. Maybe this is because I have an infatuation with movies and music in those movies. Or maybe it is because I like to interpret the world through stories? Maybe it is because I am a visual learner? Or maybe I’m just crazy and no one else sees images with music.
In any case, with this post, we have had many learning experiences in class, and you have just done some reading about how music and stories work together. With this Blog post I would like you to reflect on some of this learning. What things interest you about what we have learned this year? What did you learn from the readings? What pieces are your choosing to do your research on? Without doing any of this research, what do you know about the pieces, and what stories do you hear with these pieces? Remember you need to choose 1 piece of your own choosing by any band or artist, and one piece that we have done in band this year. Give us a synopsis of what the stories are without doing your research, and what the similarities between the pieces are.