The Bard and the Beatles

April 23, 2009

Dap to j5 for the kick in the pants to get this thing blooming in springtime.

Before I even got to school this morning, I had already heard twice (once on the Today Show and then on NPR) that April 23 is William Shakespeare’s birthday. When I sat down in the computer lab during an off period thinking of something to do, I realized I could get back into the swing of things right here on RofH. Pondering what song to pick in honor of Bill’s b-day, I wondered what artist could be so blandly ubiquitous yet sharply poignant and relevant all at once.

And of course, there is only one answer: The Beatles. (This is also convenient as a crutch for me to get back into things on the blog to use the most well-known poet/playwright/frilly-clothe-wearer ever and the most famous band of all time. Believe that).

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six random no.3 — oh, and we’re back.

April 21, 2009

That’s right, believe it: after a five month break, it’s time for us to make a comeback. It’s been a nice, dark, silent winter and early spring and all, but we need some more entries, right? After all, what’s history without the soundtrack? And I promise up front that there’s at least one more off in the wings from me (but with all my waiting time, I’m hoping regular updates), so be on the lookout. Hopefully the other writers here will get on board, too, as I’m sure you’re all looking for the remaining two (er, well, three) years in Kev’s Post Flow series, and I know I’m not alone wanting some more sick nasty imagination from Shaun and uh can the people get some more of Benvo’s soul? Well, without further ado, here’s a brand new six random for your ear buds: Read the rest of this entry »

#3: 1789

November 23, 2008

As evidenced by the lack of entries, I have completely hit a wall with finding a song suitable for the Constitution. I was looking for a song that broke rules and set new rules in place. Since I used Bob Dylan for the last one (and he’s basically the starting point for all of these ideas, I could probably replace every song used so far with a Bob Dylan one) I can’t use him again – a self-imposed rule.

So I’m opening it up to the modest trickle of 1 to 2 views this blog gets each week. Ideas? Help me out. What song encapsulates the composition/ratification of the US Constitution?

Not to belabor the point, but…

November 13, 2008

Rolling Stone’s current issue lists off the “100 Greatest Singers of All Time.” Bob Dylan was on the cover and my gut reaction was, “What? Bob Dylan wasn’t a good singer… I mean, he was good, but one of the 100 Greatest?”

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#2: 1776

November 4, 2008

1776: The Declaration of Independence

The Times They Are A-Changin’ by Bob Dylan

Folk music, or traditional music, has several defining characteristics (according to wikipedia, at least): transmitted through oral tradition, often related to and a fusion of national cultures, it is non-commercial and there are no copyrights, and it commemorates historical events. Transposing these traits to a historic document, it is easy to see that the Declaration of Independence can be considered an item of folk politics or traditional national values.

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#1: 1607

October 29, 2008

1607: Jamestown

“Homesick” by Kings of Convenience

Okay, so maybe I’m giving too much voice to my melodramatic emo-roots (also my enjoyment of Kings of Convenience, 2 mentions in 6 posts). There’s an obvious connection:

I travelled far and I burned all the bridges
I believed as soon as I hit land
All the other options held before me
Will wither in the light of my plan

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Post Flow: Top Five Years in US History

October 29, 2008

In a class this week, a professor talked about when she taught 7th grade social studies she only required her students to memorize what she deemed the five most important dates in US History. Granted, this is a fairly subjective move on the part of any teacher, since you can probably argue the importance of any date. But it got me thinking about Top Fives, like a blog that John used to keep in high school a la High Fidelity. But what top fives are we tackling here? Since I’m the resident social studies teacher-in-training, let’s do the US History and then find some dumb way to tie in my favorite music!

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