Working on that last blog post prompted me to consider using text analysis/mining tools to explore music lyrics and compare apples and oranges. I say “explore” because that is truly how I feel when I spent time with Voyant-Links over the weekend. Curiosity sparked, and I began to click through words associated with ‘love’ in Beatles songs. I was strangely touched by the impression I gained from the experience. Words like ‘need’, ‘want’, ‘sweet’, ‘true’, like’, and ‘lovely’ were almost always found near the words ‘you’ and ‘her’.
In my teenage years, many of my friends would try to compare The Who to The Rolling Stones, and then The Who to The Beatles (because British)… so I’ve decided to spend some time comparing what words these bands use to express love using Voyant-Links. Mainly because I’m curious, but also because the three bands are so different and went through such shifting phases of their careers. I’m prepared to acknowledge that they may not overlap much at all—The Stones and The Beatles both have quite a few love songs in their catalog, but the subjects and tones vary greatly.
My mission, should I choose to accept it, is to:
- Explore the lyrics of these three bands at the beginning, middle, and end of their respective reigns and determine their vocabulary with regards to love (Lurv Werds).
- Compare the Lurv Werds of each band
- See if/how the albums differ from each other over time from band to band
- Explore any patterns which may emerge.
Play withfind the right tools to show my findings
- Duplicate any findings across tools, FOR SCIENCE
- Blog about the process to record my process, discoveries, and general learning experience
- Have fun!