This Saturday, we are in for a real treat at Green Valley Park. A family-oriented day of education, inspiration and highly-interactive living history will be brought to us through We Make History’s “Civil War Re-enactment — The Battle of Payson.”
This re-enactment is a first-person drama featuring soldiers and civilians from both the North and South, performed by more than 50 actors.
Did you know that the American Civil War, which took place in the early 1860s, was the deadliest war this country ever fought? More than 600,000 soldiers were killed on both sides, surpassing by 200,000 the number who died in World War II.
Although it created wholesale death and destruction, the Civil War also helped develop a large, new body of American music, based upon African-American spirituals, parodies and ballads that protested injustice and promoted the war effort.
For the first time, Americans in large numbers began to hear Southern slave music, which changed our reliance on European musical models from then on. Native black folk music blended with European music to develop a new kind of American music. This happened through the socialization of white and black soldiers, the creation of new songs to spur the war effort and through songs that recorded the progress of the war.
African-American spirituals before the Civil War cried out for freedom in heaven because their true intent had to be disguised from their oppressors for fear of punishment. “Walk in Jerusalem,” “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” and “Get On Board, Little Children” carried secret codes and signals to help many slaves escape.
This week’s music question is — The following four songs were each written and were very popular during a different major war in American history: A) “Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition,” B) “When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again,” C) “Over There” and D) “Coming Home Soldier.” Which of these songs was a music staple during the American Civil War?
If you are caller number four this week and have the correct answer, you’ll win a CD of America’s most popular patriotic songs. Good luck!
Now, let’s see how we did with last week’s music trivia question, which was: Can you name the R&B singer who recorded the Grammy award-winning hit, “Living in America”? Was this singer A) Jinx Pyle, B) Stevie Wonder, C) James Brown or D) Jimi Hendrix?
The right answer was C) James Brown. Stevie Wonder and Jimi Hendrix were also top R&B artists in the second half of the 20th century.
As most Roundup readers probably know, Jinx Pyle is a featured columnist in Friday’s edition. I wonder, though, if readers know that Jinx is also an accomplished country singer, having produced his own CD.
Congratulations to this past week’s music trivia winner, Agnes Bowers, who won a Pizza Factory “Family Special” — an extra large pizza, breadsticks and pitcher of soda.
Agnes was born in Pennsylvania and raised and lived most of her life in Michigan.
She met her husband, Judd, when the two were young adults and worked at a small restaurant in the Badger State. Agnes told me, “I remember this cute little curly-haired young man walking through the door of the restaurant on his first day of work.” Apparently, it was love at first “bite.” The lovebirds have been married a blissful 70 years!
Before Agnes retired, her career included 18 years as a schoolteacher in grades five through seven. She remains active today in the education of our youth by volunteering three days a week in Mrs. Ryden’s second-grade class at Julia Randall Elementary. Agnes also contributes her time and talent to the Adult Literacy Program and the Senior Thrift Store. And when she is not busy volunteering, she enjoys golfing, walking at Green Valley Park and attending service with Judd at the Community Presbyterian Church on Main Street.
Agnes also enjoys listening to music, particularly big band and classic country. Her favorite artists are Marty Robbins, Jim Reeves and Glenn Miller.
Agnes is truly an amazing woman.
I hope to see you at the Civil War re-enactment this Saturday!
DJ Craig — Phone: 468-1482 — Web site: www.DJCraigIn