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River of Song

Listening chart for program one: Americans--Old and New

As you listen, circle the correct answer or answers in the columns for "instruments," "type of music," and "purpose of music."

Time Song or segment Location of performance Instruments used Type of music Purpose of music
04:05 Chippewa Nation songs Inger, MN powwow flute
drum
violin
rock
country
traditional
community
dance
show off
02:05 Skål Club Spelmanslag (Ya, Sure, You Betcha) Brainerd, MN home accordion
drum
violin
rock
country
folk
storytelling
dance
inspiration
08:48 Skål Club Spelmanslag (Slag Polska, Knapp Polska) Brainerd, MN private home guitar
duck call
violin
rock
country
Norweigan folk
community
inspiration
dance
10:44 Soul Asylum Twin Cities factory space guitar
drums
accordion
rock
soul
folk
storytelling
political
express an idea
15:07 Babes in Toyland Minneapolis club guitar
bass
piano
riot rock
soft rock
country
entertain
dance
inspiration
19:22 John Koerner and Friends (Careless Love; Sail Away, Ladies) Minneapolis club harmonica
guitar
piano
folk
rock
country
community
dance
inspiration
22:45 John Koerner and Friends (Suffering) Minneapolis club mandolin
flute
violin
Ukranian folk
rock
enjoyment
tell a story
dance
25:05 Hmong Qeej pieces Minneapolis community center qeej
accordion
piano
folk
rock
classical
carry on tradition
dance
tell a story
28:05 Sounds of Blackness Minneapolis auditorium elec. guitar
trumpet
drums
African/American
rock
r&b
Maintain community
tell a story
dance
31:45 Karl Hartwich Bluff country festival trumpets
concertina
tuba
European folk
rock
soul
dance
entertain
tell a story
37:35 Manny Lopez Davenport, IA street/club trumpet
drums
keyboard
jazz
folk
latin
entertain
special occasion
44:04 La Otra Mitad Quad cities dance hall guitar
drum
accordion
Mexican folk
classical
jazz
dance
entertain
express emotion
47:37 Greg Brown Iowa City home guitar
Dobro
flute
folk
jazz
rock
tell about life
entertain
tell a story



Discussion questions:

Pick one musician from the segments you have seen, and think about the instrument that he or she plays. Ask:

1. What influenced the musician to play that instrument, and what meaning do you think that the instrument holds for the performer?

2. If you play an instrument, what influenced you to choose that instrument?

3. Find a parent, family member, or friend who plays an instrument, and ask why he or she chose that instrument.