Every Song Ever

everysongeverThis highly-engaging book is a deep analysis of music, how we relate to it, connect with it, and listen to it. According to the author, New York Times jazz and pop critic Ben Ratliff, we now live in a time that allows us to chart our own musical path. We can download one song instead of an album, stream songs, create our own playlists, and manipulate music in a way that makes us both listeners and creators. And the Internet brings the world of music past and present to us at the touch of a fingertip.

The author presents a musical trait (repetition, intimacy, density, sadness, discrepancy) in each chapter and describes which songs fully embody that trait. All genres of music are presented: blues, classical, country, heavy metal, hip-hop, jazz, and so on. Keep your tablet nearby as you will want to Google or YouTube songs as you read about them. Or simply use the Spotify list based on the book. Ratliff includes a bibliography at the end of each chapter; helpful when choosing which songs to download from Freegal.

This book is an indulgent read for music students, musicians, and anyone who enjoys discovering noteworthy music.

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