Choose one of the discussion questions to answer in your initial post, being sure to address all parts of the question. Respond to two other students in the class who chose different questions from the one that you chose, if possible.
Post your initial response to the discussion question no later than Thursday 11:59 PM EST/EDT.
Post your responses to at least two classmates no later than Sunday 11:59 PM EST/EDT.
1. Listen to the song Hurt sung by Johnny Cash on the Module 4 playlist. This song was written and originally performed by Nine Inch Nails and refers to young people who cut themselves. How does the iconic performer Johnny Cash transform this song into masterfully authentic storytelling, which is a hallmark of a successful country song?
2. Try your hand at writing lyrics to a country song. Your song should have at least two verses and a chorus, and tell a story. Consider the topics that country music often addresses and write lyrics that are a recognizable fit in the genre.
3. Do you agree with the following statement: Many country songs express the inner conflict between pleasure-seeking and the pursuit of religious devotion or wanderlust and the security of home (p. 175)? Why or why not?