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Author Topic: Blues in the 5th grade  (Read 4997 times)

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Offline Bunker Hill

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Re: blues for the little ones?
« Reply #15 on: November 24, 2007, 03:16:06 AM »
I've just listened to Leadbelly's 1944 Capitol recording "On A Christmas Day" which I remembered as being a nice uptempo dance-type number about children being happy on Christmas day. It is, on all counts, and in a few weeks topical too.

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Re: blues for the little ones?
« Reply #16 on: November 24, 2007, 10:36:11 AM »
Hi all,
Another that occurs to me is Big Joe Williams' version of "She'll Be Comin' 'Round The Mountain", on his old Folkways recording from Bob Koester.  I think this material was re-issued on CD a couple of years ago by Smithsonian Folkways.
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Re: blues for the little ones?
« Reply #17 on: November 26, 2007, 07:29:12 AM »
 :) ;) :D

Thanks aton guys this will get me off to a good start...

cheers to you Waxwing for the transposing suggestions...I'll let you know how it goes!

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Re: blues for the little ones?
« Reply #18 on: November 27, 2007, 12:31:46 PM »
Give it a go VT, I'm all for exploration doing things like that and if it works that's a bonus... ask yourself will the kids really know if you have the odd bum note - mine wouldn't!!!
(That's enough of that. Ed)

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Re: blues for the little ones?
« Reply #19 on: November 27, 2007, 06:01:52 PM »
Hi all,
There is a thread called "Blues in the 5th Grade" that treads a lot of this same territory and has some different ideas for appropriate songs.  It is currently on page 27 of the Main Forum (sorry, I don't know how to provide the links to threads).
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Offline Rivers

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Re: blues for the little ones?
« Reply #20 on: November 27, 2007, 06:17:53 PM »
For a link to the thread to which John is referring click here.

Other ideas: I really like David Grisman's CD with Jerry Garcia "Not For Kids Only". Some nice versions of songs no kid (or their parents) could resist. Jenny Jenkins, Freight Train, There Ain't No Bugs On Me are three highlights.

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