Hello students! Sorry that this is about a week late, I've been pretty busy getting ready for the new schoolyear. I hope everyone has been doing well, and is ready for the new year as well.
If you haven't signed up for the folk music class, but would like to, you can still sign up on this post if you'd like!
This first class will be a more in-depth overview of what we will be discussing during this course, versus what was mentioned in the class information when you signed up a few weeks ago. :)
-The History of Folk Music in the Christian World
It is very difficult to pinpoint exactly when and where modern folk music began to really affect the Christian music world heavily, as it is difficult to pinpoint exactly what folk music is. Traditional folk music is defined by Webster as "music, usually of simple character and anonymous authorship, handed down among the common people by oral tradition," So traditional Christian folk music can be traced back for centuries, even further back than the Psalms of David. But the more contemporary definition of the term "folk" is usually associated with a rootsy and acoustic sound, with lyrics written from the heartache and joys of the common people, and using such instruments as the acoustic guitar, banjo, and mandolin. I hope we can study the history of both modern and traditional in this course, and how traditional folk Christian music (the Psalms, early church hymns, etc.) have come to heavily affect not only modern folk music, but spiritual music as a whole.
-An Intimate Look at Folk Songs
For me, the best thing about folk music is the meaning and heart behind each song, how beautifully and honestly it is translated into words, and how the rootsy sound compliments the raw but delicate emotion. The main part of this course will be to listen to various bands and singers, and discuss how we feel about each piece. Writing assignments will be issued periodically, mostly to write papers about particular songs or singers.
A really helpful website is www.imeem.com, where you can sign-up and legally listen to lots of different uploaded music for free. Also, www.projectplaylist.com and www.youtube.com can offer the same features. :)
I'm still not entirely sure on the exact content of the course, as I think it will be great to take it each week at a time and see where it leads us. :)
Fill out this information in the comment section so we can all get to know eachother:
What are some of your favorite bands/singers?
Do you play an instrument yourself?
What are some of your non-musical hobbies?
Are you familiar with Christian folk music?
If so, what are some of your favorite bands/singers in the genre?
(You're welcome to add any other information if you'd like!)
thanks for reading. :)