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    Music Historians - Need Some Quick Help!

    Reviewing for the AHSGE with my students, and I'm trying to connect WC Handy to the present day. Thinking of using a song that's been recorded ever since the early 20th century, but nothing to obscure.
    I was thinking of either using See See Rider or maybe House of the Rising Sun. Going to start with St. Louis Blues - WC Handy, Bessie Smith, etc.

    Any suggestions?

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    Re: Music Historians - Need Some Quick Help!

    Quote Originally Posted by CrimsonProf View Post
    Reviewing for the AHSGE with my students, and I'm trying to connect WC Handy to the present day. Thinking of using a song that's been recorded ever since the early 20th century, but nothing to obscure.
    I was thinking of either using See See Rider or maybe House of the Rising Sun. Going to start with St. Louis Blues - WC Handy, Bessie Smith, etc.

    Any suggestions?
    Go with House of the Rising Sun.
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    Re: Music Historians - Need Some Quick Help!

    Problem is using that song to connect WC Handy to Leadbelly and then connecting the Animals (awesome as they are) to something a bunch of fifteen year olds would recognize.

    I could show Nina Simone singing it and connect her to Adele or Amy Winehouse.

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    Re: Music Historians - Need Some Quick Help!

    Quote Originally Posted by CrimsonProf View Post
    Problem is using that song to connect WC Handy to Leadbelly and then connecting the Animals (awesome as they are) to something a bunch of fifteen year olds would recognize.

    I could show Nina Simone singing it and connect her to Adele or Amy Winehouse.
    Ahh. I just picked that song because I know some high school bands tend to play it so some would recognize it.
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    Re: Music Historians - Need Some Quick Help!

    Cross Road Blues (aka Crossroads) ?

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    I'm not sure what you're trying to accomplish. If you'll clear up your goal I can help you. I teach music and studied musicology.

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    Re: Music Historians - Need Some Quick Help!

    Quote Originally Posted by cbi1972 View Post
    As they say, 'check your local listings', but that show is scheduled to air Monday night at 9PM ET on PBS.
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    Re: Music Historians - Need Some Quick Help!

    Quote Originally Posted by Hamilton View Post
    I'm not sure what you're trying to accomplish. If you'll clear up your goal I can help you. I teach music and studied musicology.

    I teach high school. Part of my review for the state graduation exam includes covering W.C. Handy. I'd like to show them how music from 100 years ago connects directly with music today or, at the least, classic rock. So I'm going to start with Handy and Scott Joplin and try to move towards the present.

    Make sense?

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    I teach high school too, and honestly, for the AHSGE I would take the "Just the facts, ma'am" approach. Especially for the history portion. I used to remediate and that was always the most effective option.

    However, if you're just wanting an example of old world to new world, use the evolution of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" (Zulu folk song, Pete Seeger, the Weavers, the Kingston Trio).

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    Re: Music Historians - Need Some Quick Help!

    I highly doubt the songs you mention in the OP will be familiar to your students.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RTR91 View Post
    I highly doubt the songs you mention in the OP will be familiar to your students.

    I know that, also, as DD mentioned, "House of the Rising Sun" is standard fare for any classic rock garage band.

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    Re: Music Historians - Need Some Quick Help!

    Quote Originally Posted by Hamilton View Post
    I teach high school too, and honestly, for the AHSGE I would take the "Just the facts, ma'am" approach. Especially for the history portion. I used to remediate and that was always the most effective option.

    However, if you're just wanting an example of old world to new world, use the evolution of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" (Zulu folk song, Pete Seeger, the Weavers, the Kingston Trio).
    Agreed, but our Monday schedules are such that I'm trying to catch a breather from the dull remediation, and the classes are only 35 minutes long. But your example is helpful - thanks.

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