uses of particular aspects of lyrics, sound, techniques associated
with a particular genre represented in the song.
its place in the evolution of that genre or within a musician’s
or movement’s development — how the song reflected
any changes in a musician’s career, focus, or abilities,
or in the overall evolution of a genre or use of certain techniques,
for example, how Yellow Submarine reflected a shift in the Beatles’s
music towards more musical experimentation.
their reflection of the larger social, cultural, and historical
context in which it was made, for example, “Born in the
U.S.A” was part of the emergence of MTV, the revival of
serious rock music, a whole set of questions about the legacy
of Vietnam, reflections on the social policy of the Reagan era,
their own personal, autobiographical experiences associated with
the meaning and appeal of the song, for example, how certain songs
evoke nostalgic recollections of past experiences/identities.