Red, Red (Noun) – Critique

Our third blog assignment is to critique this performance of Red, Red (Noun) by Timothy C. Takach.  Do you enjoy this performance?  If you do what about it do you enjoy?  If you do not enjoy this performance, tell me specifically what you don’t like about it?  Think about intonation, rhythmic articulation, stylistic elements such as dynamics, phrasing, tempo.  Do you like the choices they made?  This assignment must be a 5-7 sentence paragraph to get full credit.

This assignment is worth 10 points and is due Monday October 2nd at 11:59 pm. The rubric for this assignment is found here. Remember please use only your first name and last initial and put what class you are in under your name.  I will also accept a written version of this assignment.

You will receive 2 extra credit points for each post that you comment on. The comment must be at least 2 sentences to receive the full credit. The most you can receive in extra credit is 6 points.

I love you more than I love the coming of fall!!

Mrs. R

14 thoughts on “Red, Red (Noun) – Critique

  1. This performance was pretty good because of many reasons. The first reason is that they harmonized well and they all sounded good. The only thing is that some of them coughed and you can hear them breath in the mic. Another reason why this performance was not bad was that their tempo was good too. Also, the mad libs they used weren’t terrible and didn’t sound terrible. In the end, the performance can be better like how they stood ,but it was still good in many ways!

    • I thought I heard the kids lagging behind the bright accompaniment but that’s the beauty of music, what appeals to one might not appeal to another.

  2. The performance wasn’t very good of these reasons. They had very little energy and they would keep touching themselves. Also they were sort of mumbling. If I could understand them that would help. I think it could be improved and there replacement words weren’t very funny.

      • I remember those times in 8th grade when she would yell at Carter to stop moving around. I also remember her getting annoyed about how many tissues we were using up.

  3. This performance was not very good, but not horrible either. Every pick up was very hard to hear because the group didn’t come in with confidence. The dynamic changes were very abrupt, especially at measure 28, which made me jump (and not in a good way) when they started singing forte. When ever a word ended in an “s”, they either stayed on the “s” to long and sounded like snakes, or came off of it way to quickly. Their vowels on higher notes, especially when they would say the word “I”, was extremely bright. The words they replaced in the song didn’t make it funnier, and it actually made the song kind of annoying.

      • And also they really didn’t want to be there. Epescially the kid on the left yawning around the 2:20 mark.

  4. Being in 7th grade is no excuse for poor articulation, zero dynamics, and a flat, basically joyless performance of a love song. The song did not even start on the correct note but sounded like a collective groan from the kids. There was also no emotion or life in any of their faces, as if they had no connection with what they were singing. If they engaged their faces and maybe smiled then it would brighten the sound. That said, the choir director would have done better to pick material that kids might enjoy more, after all what 7th grader knows about love?

    • Also, even if you are going to madlib the lyrics, I think it should still be sung with it’s original intention, as a love song.

      • The performance I feel was below average in many ways. The dynamics in this song were poor throughout most of song which bothered me. The diction of their performance made you have to really turn up the volume and focus on exactly what they are saying which is not a good thing to have a audience or viewer have to do. And I saw this above from Nathaniel( I don’t know how to comment on someone else’s post) but he talked about how it should be sung still in the format of a love song. I completely agree with this. Some of the words they substitute4d were a little ridiculous. And I’m not saying for our version that croissant, and humongous lass aren’t but my ” black Adidas yeezy’s” is a little over the top.I would give this a 5/10.

    • I disagree with that statement about 7th graders and love. Do you not remember Shenandoah River in 7th grade all district. That song was sung in a manner very similar to Red Red (noun)

  5. I feel like this performance was not good in the majority of ways. First off, they had no space, and thus had no resonance. They need to create a light bulb sized space in there mouth. Secondly, i agreed that they had really bad diction. Most of the time I couldn’t hear what they were saying and what I could interpret wear the word that i knew like the words in between mad Libs and the word croissant. They also sounded and looked emotionless. They could have at least attempted to look interested in the song they were singing. Some might argue that the sound quality is bad because of the recording was bad at recording the audio, but i mean seriously, Just because there’s bad sound doesn’t mean that the is no need to sing the song like you want to. Also, at some points it seemed as if they got off rhythm and then got back on. Another thing i noticed was the overall lack of changing dynamics. They pretty much stayed at the same monotone mezoforte level. I would give this a 27/59

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