Lecturer to explore the role of place in music - The Worcester Observer

Lecturer to explore the role of place in music

Worcester Editorial 5th Jun, 2024   0

A UNIVERSITY of Worcester’s lecturer will explore the role of place in music in a talk at the Hive tomorrow  (June, 6).

Dr Paul Newland is giving a talk titled ‘How to Wrote a Song about a Place’ and there will be a discussion about what songs come to mind when we think about songs about place.

He has published research about film, place, landscape, architecture, and sound – as well as being an accomplished songwriter and musician.

He said: “Songs can create a sense of a place that the listener can imagine straight away.

“That first line can create a sense of a place that the listener can imagine, and then you travel in your mind to that place, and you can inhabit it for three or four minutes while you’re listening to the song.

“I’ve done some research about it and that’s what the talk will be about.”




 

He added: “How many songs are there about Worcester, or about Worcestershire? And what would it take to write that song and create a sense of place that the listener picture?


“I’ll be getting the audience to think about the songs they know which are about places and what it is about them that they love.”

The event is scheduled in The Studio between 7pm and 8.30pm.

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