Thursday, November 1, 2012
POS: Friday Cow Work
PART I: Your first task for today is to revisit the allegory lesson from Wednesday. Compose a "thesis-like" statement for each song that reveals the relationships between the superficial and allegorical representations of each song. Then, select your favorite and complete that paragraph (3 statements; 1 paragraph).
PART II: Musical plagiarism is complex, subjective, and a bit confusing. For decades, blues musicians have covered or restructured older songs as homage to past musicians. An artist may borrow lines, make allusions, or sample. Occasionally, artists take issue with this "borrowing" and sue.
For blog-work this week, research and listen to some examples of musical plagiarism. Identify: 1) the definition of plagiarism 2) at least one example of a truly plagiarized song (paragraph explanation) and 3) at least one example of a coincidental relationship between 2 songs(paragraph explanation). Discuss your findings here. In the spirit of avoiding plagiarism and associated transgressions, you must cite (MLA format) at least 3 sources for each argument. Citations will also allow you to incorporate periodicals and other resources that may offer some direct evidence to support your claims. On the left side of this blog, you will find some of the many useful citation tools available to you.
Some notable instances include (listed as original/supposed plagiarism): Chiffon's "He's So Fine"/George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord"; Tom Petty's "Mary Jane's Last Dance"/The Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Dani California;" Queen's "Under Pressure"/Vanilla Ice's "Ice, Ice Baby;" Joe Satriani's "If I Could Fly"/Coldplay's "Viva La Vida;" Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven"/The Black Keys' "Little Black Submarines;" Fleet Foxes' "Lorelai"/Bob Dylan's "Fourth Time Around;" Pink Floyd's "Speak to Me/Breathe"/Dave Matthews Band's "Drunken Soldier." You are not limited to these examples, so feel free to find your own.
PART III: Click here to read a short article from plagiarism.org. Note your impression here. What claims resonate as accurate from your perspective?
Finished early? Please visit your peers' blogs and offer comments for any missing term 1 work.