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. 😀

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. 😀

 

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

National Anthem and Other Songs

National Anthem

Everyone knows the National Anthem. “Oh say can you see…?” I grew up singing it. But what I love about it is the story behind it. The song (poem, really. It got the melody later) was written by Francis Scott Key.

Key was on a boat during the attack on Fort McHenry during the War of 1812. The British were ruthless fighters, and they showed the small fort no amount of mercy. Then, as the sun rose, those still inside the fort raised the American flag. Key saw the flag through the smoke, he saw the cannons still being fired, and he wrote the first four lyrics to the National Anthem on the back of an envelop.

Battle Hymn of the Republic (Glory, Glory Hallelujah!)

Battle Hymn of the Republic was written during the Civil War, and was sung by both sides. The lyrics varied depending on who was singing it, but the essence was still the same. The soldiers knew that, most likely, they wouldn’t be coming home. They sang this going into battle.

Here are two last ones. Enjoy!

Happy Fourth of July!

GodBless5x7There is an old tradition in our nation to read the Declaration of Independence on the Fourth of July. It reminds us who we are, what we stand for, and why we’re here at all. Remember our Founding Fathers, our leaders, their sacrifices, and the millions of people who have fought and stood for our nation against all odds. Thank you for your patriotism, your courage, and your sacrificial protection and defense of our home. America is indebted to you, and she thanks you.

Please listen to the whole Declaration. I know it can get a little tedious, but the passion that Jefferson communicates at the very end is amazing and worth the wait.