Lyrics combined with beat and tempo has the ability to change one's whole outlook upon a certain subject. In Copland's theory he states that music should be listened to only the beat. He thinks that music is supposed to be heard on only three planes; expressive, sensuous, and the musical plane. Yet Copland doesn't talk about what lyrics add to these planes. In a song called "Changes" by Tupac Shakur , lyrics to this song made it a brilliant example of Copland's theory on all three planes. Tupac was a brilliantt rap artist that used the times around him and his child hood as vehicles in his songs. Therefore it is necessary for him to use his lyrics in order to convey the true message of his songs.
The sensuous plane according to Copland is "The simplest way of listening to music is to listen for the sheer pleasure of the musical sound itself" (148). In Tupac's "Changes", the music heard in the background is what defines the mood for this song. The background music for this song has drum beats and a very nice piano chorus being played throughout the whole song. The mood heard is not one of elegance or happiness; it's more of a sorrow mood that the beat sets for this song. But adding lyrics to this plane adds a whole other twist to it. The sensuous plane can not only be interpreted through beats, but now it can be interpreted through lyrics also. Not all artists express themselves only by their beats, many express their music only through their lyrics. For example in "Changes", Tupac many times tries to make an image in the listener's head; I got love for my brother, but we can never go nowhere
unless we share with each other. We gotta start makin' changes. Learn to see me as a brother 'stead of two distant strangers. And that's how it's supposed to be. (Shakur)
He employs this technique many times in this song and in all of his other songs as well. Tupac Shakur wanted you to see what his life and many of his friends lives were, that's what...