Housekeeping by Marilynne RobinsonA modern classic, Housekeeping is the story of Ruth and her younger sister, Lucille, who grow up haphazardly, first under the care of their competent grandmother, then of two comically bumbling great-aunts, and finally of Sylvie, their eccentric and remote aunt. The family house is in the small Far West town of Fingerbone set on a glacial lake, the same lake where their grandfather died in a spectacular train wreck, and their mother drove off a cliff to her death. It is a town chastened by an outsized landscape and extravagant weather, and chastened again by an awareness that the whole of human history had occurred elsewhere. Ruth and Lucilles struggle toward adulthood beautifully illuminates the price of loss and survival, and the dangerous and deep undertow of transience.
4. Bring Me Little Water, Sylvie , Part I
Colburn teaching artist Leeav and assistant Emily take you through the song step by step in these two-part lessons. When he got thirsty, he would call for his wife, Sylvie, to bring him some water. A capella Music performed just by singers and without any other instruments Percussion: Percussion instruments are a type of musical instrument that make sounds by tapping, slapping, scraping or shaking. Rhythm Rhythm is the particular pattern of notes in a song. To find the rhythm of a song, hum the song silently in your head while you clap your hands for every note.
Summary This unit of four stand-alone or progressive lessons celebrates Lead Belly, a Louisiana-born songster who remembered, invented, and passed on a legacy of songs that opens ears and minds to the world of the American south in the late nineteenth century and first half of the twentieth century. The ballads, blues, work songs, and singing games in these lessons celebrate an African American sensibility that can be enjoyed in school settings by listening and participatory singing and playing. With such musical engagement can come a deeper understanding of the life, times, and place of Lead Belly and his early years on the plantation, his consciousness of the daily grind of manual labor, and his later experiences as a conveyor of southern song on radio and in on-stage concerts, clubs, and classrooms. His troubled years landed him in prison, where he learned songs from his inmates in Louisiana and Texas, when he worked on a chain gang until his time was served. The reasons for his incarceration may not make for classroom-appropriate discussion, although the songs he acquired there became standard repertoire for him.
When he was out plowing with his mules he would often holler for Silvie to bring him some water. After a long time this holler developed into a little song. When Leadbelly performed outside of the South, he often taught the audience the background of his songs so the audience would understand. Audiences from New York often had little concept of the rural South. That second time, Sylvie heard him. Sylvie just laugh to see him satisfied. So you listen next time when I holler.
He also spent a fair amount of time in prison for various offenses, including a stabbing, and his nickname was apparently assigned to him there:. Others say he earned the name after being wounded in the stomach with buckshot. Another theory is that the name refers to his ability to drink moonshine, the homemade liquor that Southern farmers, black and white, made to supplement their incomes. Yet another theory is that it may be a corruption of his last name pronounced with a Southern accent. Whatever its origin, he adopted the nickname as a pseudonym while performing.