So Sad, not shocked, but so very sad. RIP Lou Reed…
“I always believed that I have something important to say and I said it.” -Lou Reed
“Music doesn’t lie. If there is something to be changed in thisworld, then it can only happen through music.” – Jimi Hendrix
A little history for this Saturday, Oct. 26th: On this day in 1825, The Erie Canal opened up in NYS. The Erie Canal used to be studied in elementary school and popped up on history exams. I always loved the song and shared it with my students. Through music we learned English, History, Map Skills, Tolerance, Social Justice…I know, I know, I”ve written this before! Hey, maybe there are some new readers out there so pardon me for repetition. Teachers repeat…habit of the trade!!!
“The Erie Canal opened up western New York, and much of the Midwest, to settlement and trade. Before the canal, it cost between $90 and $125 to ship a ton of cargo from Buffalo to New York City; after the canal’s completion, that same ton cost just $4. Within the first year, 2,000 boats, 9,000 horses, and 8,000 men were working to transport cargo on the canal.”–The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor
Music brings history alive and I have always promoted its use in the classroom and tried to encourage teachers to sing to and with their students and that you didn’t need a good voice!!! Just your enthusiasm for the music was enough to inspire students…believe me, I’ve sang flat many a time!
“I’ve got an old mule and her name is Sal
Fifteen years on the Erie Canal
She’s a good old worker and a good old pal
Fifteen years on the Erie Canal
We’ve hauled some barges in our day
Filled with lumber, coal, and hay
And every inch of the way we know
From Albany to Buffalo
Low bridge, everybody down
Low bridge for we’re coming to a town
And you’ll always know your neighbor
And you’ll always know your pal
If you’ve ever navigated on the Erie Canal”-Thomas S. Allen
As I’ve written before in other posts, I received my first transistor radio for my 6th grade graduation from elementary school and that radio brought such joy into my life as I listened to a great DJ, Jerry White, on WJRZ play young Bob Dylan, young Joan Baez, young Pat Sky, young Peter, Paul & Mary. I was young then too, 10? (A few months ago, Jerry’s daughter somehow found my posting and contacted me and told me, to paraphrase, that her dad, before he died, recounted those days as some of his happiest days!). I loved Peter, Paul & Mary and bought all of their albums. For my 10th birthday, my older brother took me to Carnegie Hall to see them! Their first album has them against the brick wall inside The Bitter End. That album reached #1 on the Billboard Charts today in 1963. Throughout the years I used the music of Peter, Paul & Mary in the classroom and on the stage of the school to promote peace, love, tolerance, social justice, history, English, current events and just the love of music.
“If we are going to teach the world to stop hating the different, the other, then we’re going to have to start with children.”-Mary Travers
Here’s one of my favorite off the first LP that I continue to sing to this day: