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What's Love Got to Do with It?: Emotions and Relationships in Pop Songs Paperback – November 22, 2011
"Sing to Me" by LA Reid
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The spectacular scope of Thomas Scheff's sociological work -- from mental illness and marital stress to laughter, genius, and the origin of war -- now expands yet further to include this highly innovative investigation of the content of popular songs, with special reference to the emotional economy of love and loss in modern life. --Donald Black, University Professor of the Social Sciences at the University of Virginia
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The lyrics have also a lot to say about us and about our society. He shows that popular songs provide a special picture of emotions, especially love, and that the English language is not good at portraying emotions. Scheff argues that the emotion terms in the western world are so ambiguous that we hardly know what we are talking about. So the book provides an excellent overview of how to simplify and clarify our emotion language.
I highly recommend this book. It is well written, fun, informative and engaging. Start reading it and you can't stop until you have finished.
Bengt Starrin, Karlstad University, Sweden
song lyrics over the past 80 years. Fortunately, as the author tells us, they
conveniently divide into four types: heartbreak, infatuation, love, and other.
And surprisingly for me, he finds the proportions of each type to be rather stable
even though the eras from the 1930's to the 2000's were vastly different in terms
of cultural norms and social mores. More importantly, however, I found it was not
the analysis of the top pop songs for each decade that made this book interesting
to me but the author's developing argument that popular love songs tend to steer listeners away from a
more healthy view of emotions surrounding love. In the closing chapter, Scheff gives some
suggestions for steps to be taken toward creating more helpful lyrics by acknowledging
rather than suppressing emotions. This book is, in fact, helpful for all to read about
taking a more realistic approach to understanding our emotions and drawing a more realistic
picture of "being in love".