A collection of responses to the following prompt issued by our Editorial Guest, Professor Nicholas Gebhardt:
“Here are mutes, liquids, aspirates – vowels, semivowels and consonants. Now we see that words have not only a definition and possibly a connotation, but also the felt quality of their own kind of sound.” (Mary Oliver, A Poetry Handbook).
The theme for this issue was Songwriting, and contributors were asked to respond to a prompt provided by Simon Barber, our guest editor.
A song can be about anything
About peace or war, or the sins of industry
Or the discontents of fame, or of obscurity
Or how we first met, on the warmest day
And how I hadn’t planned to love someone until you came
Or how we survived on happiness and sleeping on the floor
Or how you used to love me but you don’t even know me anymore
– Dan Wilson, ‘A Song Can Be About Anything’ from Love Without Fear
The guest editor of this volume is Laura Snapes, a music and culture writer based in London. Together with Laura the editorial team of Riffs invited contributions based on the following prompt:
“There is nothing wrong with hating rock critics” – Of Montreal, 2003
The guest editor for this issue is Dr Simon Jones, senior lecturer Middlesex University and author of Black Culture, With Youth: The Reggae Tradition from JA to UK. Contributors responded to the following prompt:
“Playing MUSIC, for me right, it gets some heads together…gets a little TRIBAL thing going on, you know. Get the FREQUENCY up…..Everybody’s on the frequency. It’s always been about that…and EXCITING people and changing their frequency“, Robbo Dread, Birmingham, 2017
The guest editor for this issue is Nicholas Gebhardt, professor of jazz and popular music studies at Birmingham City University. The prompt for this issue was simply: “Ideas of Noise”