How To Evaluate Songs for your personal listening Library
deep insight into a basic human theme,
instantly accessible central image,
prosodic (words fit with music),
extra points for strong characterization, drama, comedy, emotion, or dramatic structure:
Examples: Luka, Send In the Clowns, One Of Us
Evocative of a deeper or higher Truth
yet recorded in a basic timeless way.
Unique or the highest example of a particular style.
Examples: Toys Theme, I Am A Town, Luka Sledgehammer
Of a tonal or melodic character that is unique or exemplary:
Examples: Adagio For Strings (barber), Ravel Bolero, Debussy Clair De Lune, Copland Appalachian Spring and Fanfare for the Common Man, Forrest Gump Theme
How much will my artistic life suffer if I never hear this song again?
Can I leave this piece behind and not significantly regret it?
How happy/proud would it make me if I made a piece like this?
If this were my work, on my deathbed, would I count it as one of my best accomplishments ?
If I had to choose, would I rather hear this piece of music EVERY DAY for the rest of my life, or NEVER hear it again?
You can rate songs using the rating system:
5 stars: perfect
4 stars : great
3 stars : good/ok
2 stars : passable
1 star : not for me
Only listen to the 4 and 5 stars.
Yearly scan the 3's for a gem you might have missed.
Totally forget about everything else.