As a Popular and Commercial Music Major, I decided to write and produce a concept album for my Honors thesis, allowing me to explore the process of concept album creation while also demonstrating all of the skills I have honed at Loyola such as arrangement, performance, engineering, and mixing. That project became Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, an 11 song rock album about human connection, the joy of building bonds and the pain of losing them. The album doesn’t follow a narrative like Tommy by The Who or The Wall by Pink Floyd because I didn’t want to be limited by a single cast of characters. Instead, it follows the blueprint of Frank Sinatra’s In the Wee Small Hours, which features songs united by a common theme to make the album stand out as a cohesive artistic statement against the singles that were the focus of the time. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid also uses a few sound effects and pieces of conversation between myself and my bandmate Marco Saah to help the album feel more cohesive to the listener and reinforce some of the themes present in the songs. This webpage is constructed for you to scroll and listen to each song in album order while reading excerpts of corresponding analysis from the full thesis paper.
View and listen to the project here.
Welcome to the Loyola University Honors Program Senior Research Presentations! On this site we celebrate the accomplishments of the Loyola honors community. All members of the Loyola community are invited to engage with the brilliant research carried out by the University Honors Program class of 2021. Please leave comments and questions for the authors!