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When Words Fail: Alternative R&B, Racial Codes, and the Power of Language

by Ellen Mayer || @EllenRebeccaM

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How to Dress Well is one of several artists categorized as Alternative R&B. (Photo courtesy of the artist.)

Music is a universe. It’s huge and it’s constantly shifting. 

Not only that, the experience of music is highly contextual, personal, and sensuous. Consider, then, the daunting task of music writers: To reconcile this huge musical universe with the limited words we have in our lexicon.

Language shifts and expands — but nowhere near quickly enough to encompass music’s constant spasms of growth and change. As a result, the existing language for discussing music often feels insufficient. I’m talking, of course, about musical genres.  

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