Monsters and tragedy : an honors thesis (HONRS 499)
This thesis is a collection of recorded songs written for the bands Blacklisted and Love on the Run. The purpose of this project was to explore the songwriting process, with the primary goal being to record these songs as well as perform them to a live audience. While I take credit for the songwriting, all the songs were really products of collaboration – the result of working in a group setting. The songs reflect my interests in modern society, particularly true crime, pop culture, and the absurd. With the help of MET, TCOM, and music students, I recorded seventeen songs, which were written over the course of two years. I participated in a music video made by TCOM student Aaron Smith for his honors thesis and recorded four different song collections with a total of three different Ball State students. Both Blacklisted and Love on the Run participated in the annual Springboard Festival held April 20, 2002 at faculty member Jim Coffin’s farm, and Blacklisted participated in the Women in the Arts Festival in March 2002. During the 2001-2002 school year, Blacklisted and Love on the Run played shows in Fort Wayne, Valparaiso, Aurora, Muncie, Anderson, and Marion, Indiana.