Composer<br />Person who writes the music for songs<br />
Lyrics- the words of a song<br />Lyricist- the writer of words for a song<br />
Ballad - a slow, sad song that tells a story, often romantic, historic, or tragic<br />
Genre- a type or category, in this case, of music<br />
Crossover<br />A song that starts in one musical genre and becomes popular in another genre<br />
Twang: when singing, sounds made through the nose; a characteristic of early country music<br />Click here to listen to the sound of TWANG<br />george_strait-twang.mp3<br />Hint: in the new page, click on the “play” button in the upper left hand corner<br />
Yodel- a form of singing where the voice changes quickly between the normal voice and a very high sound (falsetto)<br />Click here to listen to someone yodel<br />
Cover- a recording of a song that was first recorded by somebody else<br />
The Grand Ole Opry<br />(1) a place; a theater in the American South (Tennessee) that produces live country music shows<br />(2) a weekly country music radio program<br />
References<br />Anderson, S. E. [compiled by] (2003). The quotable musician: from Bach to Tupac. New York, NY: Allworth Press<br />Tribe, I. M. (2006). Country: a regional exploration. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press<br />
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