And it was a radical part of your tool set, throwing it into a ballad, which was also a canonized jazz standard.
An aspiring composer [could] write an ‘Ode to Oberlin’ or a budding poet pen ‘The ballad of Barnard.’
Michelle Cottle on the ballad of Johnny and Rielle—and the lessons we can all learn from their torrid affair.
A simple narrative song, or a narrative poem suitable for singing. The ballad usually has a short stanza, such as:
There are twelve months in all the year,
As I hear many men say,
But the merriest month in all the year
Is the merry month of May.
A simple narrative song, or, alternatively, a narrative poem suitable for singing. (See under “Conventions of Written English.”)