Music in Love and
Messages of Love Songs
Music Celebrating Love
Longing for for Love
Basic Messages of Love Songs
The Celebration of Love- conveys the
emotion of joy and happiness.
Longing for Love-conveys the emotion of
Lost Love-conveys the emotion of sadness
and sometimes anger.
Most songs that address love often
communicates through lyrics.
Lyrics are verbal messages set to music.
Creative Devices for Writing Lyrics
Metaphor- A figure of speech in which one
word or phrase is used to designate
another.- An example would be “Cry me a
Symbolism- The use of one idea to
represent or stand for another.- An
example would be Bette Midler’s song,
Creative Devices (Continued)
Prosody- The musical qualities of
language.- An example would be that
upward movement of the melody
represents positive feelings.
Hook- A “grabber” phrase that often
accompanies the words of the song’s
title.- Reinforces the song’s main
Themes of Songs Celebrating Love
Boundless Joy of Love- Falling in love
awakens new feelings.- Song example, “A
Whole New World”.
Sense of Belonging- The feeling you are
special to someone. All you need is that
person.- Song example, “I Got You Babe”.
Love that Lasts- Believing the love you
have will never end.- Song example, “I’m
Gonna Love You Forever”.
Themes of Celebration (Continued)
The Image of Perfection- No one is as
good as the person you love.- Song
example, “You Are So Beautiful”.
Celebrating Love Review
What are the three basic messages
communicated by love songs?
What are the four creative devices used
by songwriters when writing lyrics?
What are the four themes of songs that
Longing for Love
Families of the 19th century would often
gather around the piano and sing popular
songs of the day.
This was made possible by advancements
in music publishing and the circulation of
songs by travelling musicians.
Stanzas and Cadences
The typical stanza of a song consists of four or
more lines with a set meter or rhyme scheme.-
Short enough to be read or sang in one breath.
A cadence is a breathing break. Usually occurs
at the end of a line of the stanza.
A full cadence acts like a period at the end of a
sentence.- Convey a felling of finality.
A half cadence acts like a comma within a
sentence. Also occurs at the end of a line of the
stanza. Conveys a feeling of continuity.
In jazz ballads, the lyrics take a back seat
to the improvisation and formal structure
of the music.
Longing for Love Review
What made it possible for families of the
19th century to gather around the piano
Describe the structure of a stanza.
Describe a full cadence. Half cadence.
How is the importance of lyrics in popular
songs different from that of jazz ballads?
Forms of lost love
– Hope that the love isn’t lost, but only
– The person gives up on the idea of
recapturing the love.
Madama Butterfly and Miss Saigon
– Both are song stories
– Both occur during war time
– Both involve women that fell in love with
– Both men Marry American women
– Both involve children
– Both involve suicide
Madama Butterfly and Miss Saigon
– Madama Butterfly takes place in Japan while
Miss Saigon takes place in Vietnam.
– The man in Madama Butterfly is in the navy
while the man in Miss Saigon is in the
– Madama Butterfly is abandoned while Miss
Saigon is separated from her love.
The concept of unrequited love is love
that is not returned.
Lost Love Review
What are the forms of lost love?
Draw a Venn diagram comparing Madama
Butterfly and Miss Saigon.
What is unrequited love?