Every Tuesday from 6 pm to 8 pm I mentor three 6th grade boys through the Higher Achievement program.
Last week we read and analyzed an Elizabeth Barrett Browning poem (Yes, How Do I Love Thee).
For fun, I let the kids put their grubby ears on my iPod to listen to a musical adaptation of a Robert Browning poem: Kris Delmhorst - Galuppi Baldassari >> mp3
They loved holding my iPod, but after listening to the selection they exclaimed, "This is hillbilly music."
This week we're talking about the blues, including Robert Johnson's Crossroad Blues. I'm going to play a version of it for them, but it's all I can do not to also subject them to blues cuts from Oh Brother, Where Art Thou, and this too will be called hillbilly music.
So I'm looking for other goods they might like. By the way, these kids can't get enough of Thriller-era Michael Jackson. Seriously, they're obsessed, and who can blame them?
Public Domain Blues mp3's below. More here.
John Lee Hooker - John Henry >>mp3
Leadbelly - Where Did You Sleep Last Night? >>mp3
Robert Johnson - Love In Vain >> mp3
Robert Johnson - Phonograph Blues >> mp3