Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Trying to Teach about Early 20th Century Music

Today I am trying to teach a unit on Early Twentieth Century Music. As usual, the seventh grade students have a difficult time opening up their brains to anything they haven't experienced before-- which makes it damn near impossible to learn anything. I am playing examples of cowboy music, a Sousa March, Ragtime, Cajun music, WWI patriotic music, Flapper music, early Jazz, Mexican/American music, and early Country. I myself am enjoying all of the tunes immensely. I'm not a big Country fan, but when I listen to "Will the Circle be Unbroken" I feel like a nice carthartic cry.

I was standing by my window,
On one cold and cloudy day
When I saw that hearse come rolling
For to carry my mother away

Will the circle be unbroken
By and by, lord, by and by
There’s a better home a-waiting
In the sky, lord, in the sky

I said to that undertaker
Undertaker please drive slow
For this lady you are carrying
Lord, I hate to see here go

Will the circle be unbroken
By and by, lord, by and by
There’s a better home a-waiting
In the sky, lord, in the sky

Oh, I followed close behind her
Tried to hold up and be brave
But I could not hide my sorrow
When they laid her in the grave

Will the circle be unbroken
By and by, lord, by and by
There’s a better home a-waiting
In the sky, lord, in the sky

I went back home, my home was lonesome
Missed my mother, she was gone
All of my brothers, sisters crying
What a home so sad and lone

Will the circle be unbroken
By and by, lord, by and by
There’s a better home a-waiting
In the sky, lord, in the sky

We sang the songs of childhood
Hymns of faith that made us strong
Ones that mother maybelle taught us
Hear the angels sing along

Will the circle be unbroken
By and by, lord, by and by
There’s a better home a-waiting
In the sky, lord, in the sky

Will the circle be unbroken
By and by, lord, by and by
There’s a better home a-waiting
In the sky, lord, in the sky

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