Hw for March 6, 2020

Matt believes that the use of rhetorical distance can positively approach objectionable lyric. He indicates that one useful way it introduced is “fiction narrator”. Those violent actions in the lyric don’t mean that the singer actually did anything like it. A vivid example of this would be “Blaze of Glory” by Bon Jovi. At one point, the lyric contains words like this “I’m a six-gun lover”  No one actually thinks that he is a six-gun lover. Or when Johnny Cash sings “ I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die” I don’t think he actually killed a man in Reno. The reason they do it is to “play a character”. “To sing it in the first person a character who is fed up with police brutality.” Sadly black rap singer doesn’t get the privilege to be seen as playing the character. People often reflect the song as their true nature, but when a white artist does the same thing. Sadly, they do be seen as playing a character. However, Matts criticizes the lyric content of “Brown Sugar.” He believes that Robert Christgau gives Jagger who is the lead singer of the Rolling stones to many good words. In one of his work Christgau seems “to link his own music to the slave trade, exploits the racial and sexual contradictions of is stance even as it explores them” However in matt believe that the aggressiveness of the song has gone too far. Later on, Matt notices that Jaggar is trying to push the limit, but the content of the lyric is indeed inappropriate.

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