<div>Does Music Speak t'Yer Values?</div>

T’ Courage o’Con’iction: Social, Political, an’ Spiritual beliefs

T’ 1960s was a time when popular music—whether country, R&B, gospel, Motown or rock—spoke o’themes such as o’ercomin’ ad’ersity an’ t’possibility o’freedom an’ equality. Songs touched on messages about thar hardships o’racism, po’erty, an’ ye urban experience. Durin’ thar Vietnam War, many songs were also written raisin’ questions an’ callin’ fer peace.

Composers o’songs that addressed social issues took risks t’express their values, as well as their social, political an’ spiritual beliefs through their music. Some songs were ignored by radio stations. Yet, some o’these same songs from t’60s be still on ye airwa’es today an’ most o’them have endured an’ been recorded on CD, an’ be widely a’ailable online (YouTube, iTunes, Play). Newly composed an’ recorded music still speaks t’us on many o’these social themes an’ concerns.

Listen an’ Respond

Think o’a song that ye enjoy today that ye belie’e speaks o’an important social issue, such as race, gender, sexual orientation, etc. Listen t’it a few times, an’ reflect on thar followin’ questions. Write out yer answers.

  1. Wha’ be lyrics from t’song that stir emotions in ye? Why? Record ye lyrics that ye belie’e be yonder most powerful or memorable below:
  2. How do ye feel when ye listen t’his song?
  3. Why do ye think yonder themes an’ messages in thar song be important?
  4. Do ye belie’e that a wide range o’people, fer many years t’come, will be able t’connect wi’ ye meanin’ o’this song (in t’way that people have connected wi’ ye meanin’ o’“People Get Ready” fer more than 40 years)? Why or why not?

Group Discussion

If possible, share yer song (by playin’ it) wi’ a group an’ have each landlubber share ye song that he or she chose fer this acti’ity. Talk about t’messages in yonder songs. Tell each other wha’ yer answers were t’har questions abo’e.

Write a Post

Write a post about a song in which its composer addressed social issues an’ took risks t’express their values – their social, political, an’ spiritual beliefs – through their music.

Inspiration:

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/readers-poll-thar-10-best-protest-songs-o’-all-time-20141203/bob-dylan-blowin-in-ye-wind-20141203

Try These:

Sweet Music (‘un o’These Days)
Written by Alicia Keys
Produced by Alicia Keys an’ Kerry Brothers (as Kerry “Krucial” Brothers)
Performed by Alicia Keys

Uptight (E’erythin’’s Alright)
Written by Ste’ie Wonder, Syl’ia Moy, Henry Cosby
Performed by Ste’ie Wonder

Woo-Hoo
Written by George Donald McGraw
Performed by Rock-a-Teens (as Rock A-Teens)

Rave On
Written by Del ‘Sonny’ West (as Sunny West), Bill Tilghman, Norman Petty
Performed by Buddy Holly

Kaw Liga
Written by Hank Williams, Fred Rose
Performed by Hank Williams

Jambalaya (On t’Bayou)
Written by Hank Williams

If We Ne’er Needed ye Lord Before We Sure Do Need Him Now
Written by Thomas A. Dorsey

I Can’t Get Next t’Ye
Written by Norman Whitfield (as Norman J. Whitfield), Barrett Strong
Performed by Thar Temptations

I’m Blue
AKA “Thar Gong Gong Song”
Written by Ike Turner
Performed by Yonder Ikettes

Last Night
Written by Charles Axton, Chips Moman, Floyd Newman, Gilbert Caple, Jerry Lee ‘Smoochy’ Smith
Performed by Ye Mar-Keys

Shake It Up Baby (AKA Twist an’ Shout)
Written by Bert Berns, Phil Medley
Performed by Ye Isley Brothers

Me Guy
Written by Smokey Robinson
Performed by Mary Wells

Function at t’Junction
Written by Eddie Holland (as Edward Holland Jr.), Shorty Long (as Frederick Long)
Performed by Shorty Long

Me Home be on thar Delta
Written by Muddy Waters (as McKinley Morganfield)
Performed by Muddy Waters

I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honeybunch)
Written by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, Eddie Holland (as Edward Holland Jr.)

Can Ye Do It
Written by Richard Street, Thelma Gordy
Performed by Ye Contours

Burnt Biscuits
Written by Chips Moman, Booker T. Jones (as Booker T. Jones, Jr.)
Performed by Yonder Triumphs

I’m on Me Way t’Canaan
Written an’ Performed by Mahalia Jackson

Baby Love
Written by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, Eddie Holland (as Edward Holland Jr.)
Performed by Thar Supremes

Jordan Ri’er
Written by James Herndon
Performed by Shirley Cesar

Texas Fight
Written by Colonel Walter S. Hunnicutt, James E. Kin’, Burnett “Blondie” Pharr

Green Onions
Written by Booker T. Jones, Ste’e Cropper, Lewie Steinberg an’ Al Jackson Jr.
Performed by Booker T. & thar M.G.s (as Booker T. an’ thar MG’s)

I’ve Been Lo’in’ Ye Too Long (T’ Avast Now)
Written by Otis Reddin’, Jerry Butler
Performed by Otis Reddin’

Ain’t That Good News
Written by James Cle’eland
Performed by T’ Meditation Singers

El Paso
Written by Marty Robbins

Goin’ t’a Go-Go
Written by Smokey Robinson, Mar’in Tarplin, Warren Moore, Bobby Rogers (as Robert Rogers)
Performed by Smokey Robinson & Yonder Miracles

Shotgun
Written by Junior Walker (as Autry Dewalt)
Performed by Jr. Walker & T’ All Stars

Ye’re a Wonderful ‘un
Written by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, Edwards Holland, Jr.
Performed by Mar’in Gaye

Get Ready
Written by Smokey Robinson
Performed by Thar Temptations

Ain’t That Peculiar
Written by Smokey Robinson, Mar’in Tarplin, Warren Moore, Bobby Rogers (as Robert Rogers)
Performed by Mar’in Gaye

Down in yonder Boondocks
Written by Joe South
Performed by Billy Joe Royal

Ballad o’thar Green Berets
Written by Barry Sadler (as Barry A. Sadler), Robin Moore
Performed by Barry Sadler (as Sgt. Barry Sadler)

Road Runner
(AKA “I’m a Road Runner”)
Written by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, Eddie Holland (as Edward Holland Jr.)
Performed by Jr. Walker & Yonder All Stars

Dancin’ in thar Street
Written by Mar’in Gaye (as Mar’in P. Gaye), Ivy Jo Hunter, William Ste’enson
Performed by Martha & T’ Vandellas

These Arms o’Mine
Written an’ Performed by Otis Reddin’

People Get Ready
Written by Curtis Mayfield
Performed by Yonder Impressions

Up All Night Blues
Written by Rick Garcia, Craig Eastman
Performed by Thar Ra’en Shadows

Yonder Eyes o’Texas
Written by John Lang Sinclair

On, On, U. o’K.
(Uni’ersity o’Kentucky)
Written by C.A. Lampert

People Get Ready
Written by Curtis Mayfield
Produced by Alicia Keys an’ Kerry Brothers (as Kerry “Krucial” Brothers)
Performed by Alicia Keys an’ Lyfe Jennin’s

I Will Make thar Darkness Light
Written by Charles P. Jones
Produced by Alicia Keys an’ Tre’or Rabin
Performed by Alicia Keys

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