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Asses, Hands, and Eyes -- Writer's Poke #111

For Writers:

Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg studied 10,000 songs to determine what body part received most lyrical attention. For Gospel and Blues, hands were the number one body part, while the ass was the favorite body part of Hip Hop, earning a mention in over 20% of all Hip Hop songs. But for eight of the eleven musical genres analyzed, eyes were the most popular.

Why are the eyes so important? Granted, vision is our most important sense, and we gather most of our knowledge, including how callipygous someone is, through sight. But there must be more to it than that.

Interestingly, hands ranked high across all genres. Is it because the sense of touch is second only to vision in importance, or do eyes and hands act as metaphors, representing ideas and values far greater than just a part of the body?

What's your favorite body part? Write a song about it.
Is there any part of your body that you would change? If so, which part? Why?

"The eye is the jewel of the body." -- Henry David Thoreau


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