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River of Song

Listening chart for program three: Southern Fusion

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
02:54 Boundless Love Quartet Hickman, KY piano
guitar
harmonica
classical
country
gospel
community
dance
inspiration
06:26 Sonny Burgess Swifton, AK club Keyboard
saxophone
guitar
rock
country
folk
storytelling
dance
entertainment
12:13 Memphis Community Music Memphis community center sticks
feet
drums
traditional
country
rock
community
inspiration
dance
13:30 Rufus Thomas Memphis club guitar
drums
accordion
rock
game
blues
storytelling
political
community
17:37 Ann Peebles & The Memphis Horns Memphis recording studio saxophone
trumpet
piano
blues
soft rock
soul
entertain
dance
inspiration
24:15 Robert Lockwood, Jr. Helena, AK festival harmonica
guitar
piano
folk
rock
blues
community
relate history
inspiration
27:02 Levon Helm, James Cotton Festival river boat guitar
harmonica
violin
folk
blues
rock
enjoyment
tell a story
dance
29:57 Jack Johnson Clarksdale, MS club/home acoustic guitar
elec.slide guitar
piano
blues
rock
classical
carry on tradition
dance
tell a story
35:20 Johnnie Billington Clarksdale, MS school elec. guitar
trumpet
drums
blues
rock
r&b
community
tell a story
educate
38:58 Little Milton Campbell Greenville, MS club drums
piano
guitar
jazz
blues
r & b
dance
entertain
tell a story
46:02 Greater Jerusalem Baptist Choir Vicksburg, MS church trumpet
drums
piano
jazz
folk
gospel
entertain
worship
inspire
47:35 Mississippi Mass Choir Jackson, MS church guitar
drum
accordion
soul
gospel
jazz
inspire
worship
express emotion



Discussion questions:

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

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

2. If you play or like to listen to music in a particular location, what influenced you to choose that location?

3. Find a parent, family member, or friend who plays music, and ask why he or she performs music in that particular location.