For the seven-course meta-dinner, I put together a five hour list of mostly metamusic. As I mentioned in my previous post, I have taken a step back to examine how I use the prefix “meta-.” Is a rock ‘n roll song about rock n’ roll — for example, Joan Jett’s “I Love Rock ‘n Roll” — meta? Metaclass participants agreed that it was and Ian Latta pointed out that it is much more common for music (and poetry) to contain meta elements, references to the art form, than for fiction and film, which tend toward a more naturalistic presentation, the illusion that what you are reading or seeing is “real” and what actually happened. With stories, we want to be fooled. With music and poetry, we don’t mind being reminded that we are listening to or reading an artificial creation.