Lyric Analysis

This video summarizes Lori Burns’s excellent chapter, “Vocal Authority and Listener Engagement: Musical and Narrative Expressive Strategies in the Songs of Female Pop-Rock Artists, 1993–95.”

Note: This video uses interactive technology. The picture-in-picture can be swapped or even viewed side-by-side. The video also uses a menu so you can quickly navigate to certain portions of the video. For more explanation, see this video from Kaltura.

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Here is a link to the song in the model analysis:

This diagram (Example 7.2 in Burns) summarizes the important terminology introduced in this article.

Diagram summarizing important terminology from Burns.
Burns (2010), Example 7.2.