Images of America -

Analyzing Music Videos: Tracy Lawrence

Integrated U. S. History and American Literature Class
Deborah Aufdenspring and Sandra Mings-Lamar

New Technology High School, Napa, CA

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Below are some captured stills from a music video that will help you understand the kinds of analyses you are expected to do. Remember that all captured stills are the property of the particular music video copyright holder. Stills are to be used in your scholarly work only and copyrights noted.

"If the World Had a Front Porch" -
Tracy Lawrence

On the surface, Tracy Lawrence's video is about how much simpler life used to be, and how much simpler it might still be if only Americans shared some common experiences and neighborliness. This look towards the past seems antithetical (contrary) to the video's use of a computer metaphor. Why do you think Lawrence used this metaphor. Was life ever this simple? Can it be again? Can a computer substitute for a front porch? How or why?

The Video:

All Tracy Lawrence stills copyright Atlantic Records.
"Retrieving Front Porch" - What is the significance of this shot? What does this say about the rest of the video's message?


What theme is on the front porch in both of these shots?
Do you think there would be a difference in views of the world between the people in each still?


What do you think these segments of front porch film represent?
What kind of family life does it show? (What are they doing in the third still?)
What time period do these segments represent?

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What kind of images are these?
Do the first two images bring to mind other songs or pictures?


Contrast these images with the series of three images preceding them?
What point is made in the video by this contrast?

Quick Links

Introduction - Analyzing Music Videos
Music Video Assignment
Analysis Tips
Comparing and Contrasting Music Videos
Grading Rubric

Stills of Sample Videos, with Sample Analysis Questions:
Billy Joel.....Erykah Badu.....Pop up Videos.....Tracy Lawrence

Rage Against the Machine.....Vince Gill.....Van Halen.....Aqua.....12 other videos

For Teachers...

For examples of recent student projects on analyzing music videos:
Student Work

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