Trying to determine the exact definition of the term "allusion" found in song lyrics. My daughter chose the first stanza of "Bird Song" by Heather Masse:
I hear a bird chirping, up in the sky/ I'd like to be free like that spread my wings so high
I think the reference is simply about the bird being free and flying high, but I'm not certain. Isn't an allusion simply just a reference?
An allusion can be seen as a reference. It is a reference to an external element. An allusion is a tool that the writer uses to activate the imagination of the reader. In Heather Masse's song, "Bird Song," the allusion is a reference to the natural condition of freedom intrinsic to birds. The song's opening lyrics help to establish this reference:
I hear a bird chirping, up in the skyI'd like to be free like that spread my wings so high
It's my first original full-length solo album and it was a real journey in the making. Through the process of writing the songs, recording, and then hearing them come to life, I learned so much about myself. The experience in the studio was incredibly collaborative, and I loved sharing the creative process of producing the album with Kent and my band.