English 111 Compare & Contrast Essay Assignment 100 pts.Select two songs about “Good Works” and compare/contrast them, their style, their lyrics, themes/meanings, impact, musicality etc…. Examples could include:“Count on Me” Bruno Mars “I Will Carry You” Michael B. Smith“You’ve Got a Friend” James Taylor “Follow You” Leeland “Umbrella” Rihanna “Try a Little Kindness” Glen Campbell“You’ll Never Walk Alone” Josh Groban “Humble and Kind” Tim McGraw “Stand by You” Rachel Platten “Kill Em with Kindness” Selena Gomez“Hey Brother” Avicii “ If Everyone Cared” Nickelback“I Won’t Let Go” Rascal Flatts “Conviction of the Heart” Kenny Loggins“Somebody’s Daughter” Tenille Townes “Kind and Generous” Natalie Merchant“In My Daughter’s Eyes” Martina McBride “Kindness for Weakness” Dilated Peoples For example, how do these artists approach these songs? What messages do they send, what is the subject matter of their music? Are the voices similar? Do they approach the topic differently or in the same way? For example, is one angrier and one calmer? Make specific references to lyrics (quotes), reviews, commentary etc… to make your point. DO NOT write biographies. Another option is to take the SAME SONG by two different artists and compare and contrast their VERSIONS of the song.1.Start with an idea2.Make a list of likenesses3.Make a list of differences4.Look for interesting threads from the lists5.Write a discovery draftListen to the songs SEVERAL TIMES. Print out the lyrics. Watch a video of the songs (but do NOT write about the videos)Write a 3-4 page paper using techniques and methods discussed in class using standard APA format, double-spacing, 12 pt Times New Roman, with heading and page numbers.Make a concerted effort to move BEYOND the OBVIOUS. Look at subtleties, nuance, and originality of thought.Remember that album titles are in italics (Thriller) and song titles are in quotations (“Billie Jean”). Material borrowed from other sources MUST be cited in APA format (see Handbook).
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