No, 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