The Fun of Listening to Old Music

Yankee_Doodle_Boy_3No, I don’t mean Elton John and U2. I mean REALLY old music. Revolutionary War old.

I’m guessing that, if you’re familiar with my blog, you know I’m a total history buff. I love everything and anything old, and I want to preserve our heritage as best we can. This includes our music. It is so amazing, and so rewarding, to sit back and listen to a song our ancestors were belting out as they marched for a free America. What’s amazing about it is that we still have these songs and their melodies. They’re still intact and pretty much ready for a decent voice and an instrument or two. What’s rewarding is when you make those small, fun connections that tie our country together like one of those crazy 1500 dot-to-dot pages.

For example: There is a song I listen to quite a lot called the Green Mountaineer. It’s about a man marching down south to defend America from… drum roll… the British and the Hessians. Yup. This song dates back to before we were even a country. Some of the lyrics go like this:

We owe no allegiance, we bow to no throne, our ruler is law and the law is our own;
Our leaders themselves are our own fellow-men,
Who can handle the sword and the scythe and the pen
Hurrah for Vermont! For the land that we till
Must have sons to defend her from valley and hill
Our vow is recorded–our banner unfurled,
In the name of Vermont we defy all the world!
Then cheer, cheer, the green mountaineer, then cheer, cheer the green mountaineer!

Notice where these guys are coming from? Vermont. The Green Mountain State. Huh. Who knew?

This is why I feel that listening to old music is so good for us. It opens our eyes to how things came about in our country, and I like to think that it helps us appreciate her a little more. There are countless other songs I could list. Some of them hilarious in retro-spect, like Goober Peas, or heartbreaking, like the Grey and the Blue.

I’ll attach Green Mountaineer to this post, but I encourage you to explore this music yourself. Tom Roush is a good pick for accurate re-singings. I will warn you though, there are some things in our music that isn’t ‘politically correct’ anymore. This doesn’t bother me, since I feel we’ve grown past certain things in our history, but if it would be an issue for you, I feel obliged to alert you to that possibility.

But otherwise, explore! Learn! Grow! There’s so much out there, and with things like YouTube and Prime Music and Spotify and all that jazz, it’s a tab swipe and a click away. Go dig up some history. It’s fun, I promise.

Sorry about the time it’s been since I’ve posted, I’ve started college. XD

New School Year

school-books-clip-art-emmaus_5821911e8c22dHey, everyone! So, my siblings and I are homeschooled. This means that we start and end on different dates from public/private schoolers, and that means that this year, we just started.

I’m going to be taking a walk-on college class at the end of this month, I’m studying for the SAT and ACT, and I’m going to be working on scholarships. Point is, I’m not going to be able to post on a regular basis. At least, as regular as I have been doing.

I am not stoping the blog, and I’m not going to just quit for the semester. I’m just going to be posting whenever and wherever I can. Just so you all know. πŸ˜€

Sibling Complex

1835730_1280x720You know, I think America has something I like to call a ‘sibling’ complex. Basically, I think she’s like an older sibling….. to herself, if that makes any sense. Think about it for a sec.

So, I know quite a few families with lots of kids (mine included). They tussle, fight, call each other names, and that doesn’t make them look very caring at all. It makes them look dysfunctional. But, as soon as one of them gets hurt or picked on, bam! The other is there to hold them up.Β It’s the whole, ‘Only I can call my brother/sister names’ thing.

I think America has a sibling complex. We argue, fight, protest, and talk politics till the cows come home. And then some! But as soon as we’re threatened, or get brought into a fight, we’re one mind, one heart, one mission. Help America live.

After all, a country is really just a large family. And it wouldn’t be a normal family if we didn’t get into arguments, or debates, or even all-out fights. We just need to remember the big picture. An argument over the Presidency isn’t the end of America. Heck, Ulysses Grant was a terrible President. He almost resurrected the Civil War! But we’re still standing, we still hold onto the American Dream, even if it’s getting buried under too much arguing. We’re stronger than we look, people. We just need to keep in mind that ‘Only I can call my brother/sister names,’ doesn’t mean we should. Sure, it’s alright to have a little bit of tension, but have you ever seen a large family work together? It’s worth putting aside a small opinion.

Announcement

imprint-swoon-readsHey, everyone! I know I haven’t posted this week, but I’ve been working on something, and it’s finally ready to share.

During my spare time I like to write. (Duh. I run a blog) Anyway, I recently finished a young adult book, and it is now available to read on Swoon Reads. Swoon Reads is a website where writers post their stories, the stories get voted on by the readers, and the publishing house chooses which ones they like. Needless to say, I’m really excited. If you guys have the time, I would love it if you could check it out! It’s called Shinobi, and is located in the fantasy section.

I think I’ll be back on normal scheduling next week, so keep an eye out for some more American-themed musings. πŸ˜€

 

Top Five Movies About America

Weekend is here! Time for something fun!

These are my picks for the top five movies about (or heavily involving) America. Keep in mind that this is my opinion, and any amazing American film that I missed is probably because I haven’t seen it. If you have one that you think should have made the list, leave a comment!

#1 National Treasure

#2 Apollo 13

#3 Miracle

#4 The Hunt For Red October

#5 Bridge of Spies

American Phrase Friday

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“The time to guard against corruption and tyranny is before they shall have gotten hold of us. It is better to keep the wolf out of the fold than to trust to drawing his teeth and talons after he shall have entered.” -Thomas Jefferson

“There! His Majesty can now read my name without glasses. And he can double his reward on my head!” -John Hancock, said after signing his name (very largely) on the Declaration of Independence. Badass.

“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of carrying it.” -Thomas Paine

“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.” -Mark Twain