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River of Song

Listening chart for program two: Midwestern Crossroads

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
04:06 John Hartford Riverboat guitar
banjo
violin
folk
bluegrass
country
express emotion
dance
tell a story
10:28 Bob Lewis Family Hillsboro, IL festival bass
mandolin
violin
rock
bluegrass
folk
family/community
dance
show off
17:21 Jammers: Wabash Cannonball, On My Father's Side Watermellon bust guitar
bass
Dobro
rock
country
bluegrass
community
inspiration
dance
20:04 St. Charles High School Band St. Charles, MO High School saxophone
drums
trombones
rock
pop
jazz
storytelling
learning
excitement
23:38 Fontella & Martha Bass (No Ways Tired; River Jordan) St. Louis, MO home piano
bass
voice
gospel
soft rock
country
entertain
dance
inspiration
27:46 Fontella Bass (Don't Mess Up; Rescue Me) St. Louis home piano
guitar
trumpet
r&b
gospel
soul
fun
dance
inspiration
30:44 Oliver Sain St. Louis club trumpet
bass
guitar
gospel
soul
rock
enjoyment
inspiration
dance
33:57 James Family St. Louis club bass
vocals
piano
soul
rock
classical
carry on tradition
dance
tribute
40:09 Sunshine Drum Group and Eugene Redmond E. St. Louis community center drums
voices
body percussion
African/American
rock
r&b
Maintain community
accompany a story
dance
45:06 Guignolée Ste. Genevieve, MO violin
accordion
voices
folk
rock
soul
maintain tradition
entertain
celebrate
47:26 Bottle Rockets Festus, MO home/club guitar
drums
keyboard
jazz
country
rock
entertain
tell a story
special occasion



Discussion questions:

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

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

2. If you play or like to listen to a particular type of music, what influenced you to choose that style?

3. Find a parent, family member, or friend who plays music, and ask why he or she chose that particular type of music.