What is Being Said
1. What are the words to this song?
2. Are the words well written?
3. Is the music well written?
4. How does the way in which the words are sung affect the meaning of the words in this song?
5. Is there any repetition, symbolism, irony, pun, sarcasm, allusion, understatement, hyperbole, etc. used in this song? If so, is it used to good effect? What is the artist trying to achieve by using these?
6. What is the message of the song? (Notice that this is a much different question than #1.)
7. Is the style of musical presentation appropriate for the message of this song?
8. Is there anything in particular about the words or music of this song that stick out to you? What? Why? Do you think the musician intended for this to stick out? Why?
9. What is the emotional flavor of this song (happy, angry, melancholy, flippant, etc.)? How is this communicated through both lyric and music?
10. Do you think the message of this song is directed at a particular audience? If so who?
11. How might the message of this song be misunderstood?
12. How does this song relate to the rest of this musicianís body of work? Is there any significance to this relationship?
13. Does it seem that the musician had an agenda in making this song? If so what do you think it was? How does this affect how you hear the message of the song?
14. Is there a particular world view being espoused in this song? If so what is it?
15. How might the message of this song resonate with a person you know? How might it fit into the soundtrack of their life or even yours? How might it reflect or contribute to their worldview?
16. What do I Agree or Disagree with? Why?
17. Do you like this song or not? Why?
18. Do you like the words to this song but not the musical presentation? Why?
19. Do you like the musical presentation of this song but not the words? Why?
20. Is this a song youíre inclined either to prefer or not to prefer? How does this affect the way you hear this song?
21. Do you agree or disagree with the basic message of this song? Why?
22. How is the message of this song in agreement with the biblical description of reality? How is it in conflict with the biblical message?
23. Is the message of this song dealing with an issue that the Bible has explicit teaching on? How does this affect how we should evaluate the message?
24. What might be some different assessments of the song by other Christians and non-Christians?
25. Since the songwriter is made in the image of God, what of this image comes through in this song?
What is Your Response
1. What is the best and most concise way to communicate your thoughts and feelings about this song?
2. In what ways might this differ, depending on whether you were talking with a believer or an unbeliever?
3. Is this a song that you would or would not recommend to others? Why?
4. Are there certain people you might recommend this song to while not recommending it to others? In this case who would you recommend it to and why?
5. What can you learn from this song and songwriter?
Does this song give you a new perspective on a particular issue or subject?
6. If this song was made by an unbeliever, what is the common ground between their world view and yours?
7. Whatís the significance of this world view? How might this common ground help you to better communicate with other people, particularly unbelievers?
8. Is the body of work from this musician or group of musicians worth supporting financially? Would you buy more of their albums? Why or why not?