First Advisor

Caroline Louise Miller

Date of Award

Spring 6-2023

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Sonic Arts and Music Production and University Honors


Music & Theater




Popular music -- Writing and publishing, Composition (Music), Popular music genres




This craft essay examines the inspiration and creation of the song "Rearranging," which was written, recorded, and produced by Ryan Elliott in his home studio over the course of four months. The project's goal was to create a piece of music that challenged the songwriting conventions in modern popular music, while also exploring the fluidity of genre in modern music. The final piece of music is over 22 minutes in length, and explores a variety of styles within the spectrum of rock, pop, and jazz music. With lyrics attuned to the simultaneous anxiety, responsibility, and power of being a young adult in the 21st century, "Rearranging" is the culmination of the personal and societal growth he experienced over the past few years.


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Persistent Identifier

Rearranging.wav (378203 kB)
Audio file of the song "Rearranging"