Tuesday, October 03, 2006
Carry a Tune Week
From the AMS list I am informed that this week is Carry a Tune Week, as sponsored by American Music Preservation.com. "How can I celebrate Carry a Tune Week?" you ask. By performing or playing a favorite American tune in class or at home. These tunes can come from six (and only six!) categories: Patriotic, Folk, Religious, Popular, Classical, and Film Music. I guess Jazz fits in the Popular category, though then why do Patriotic and Religious get their own categories? Oops, got distracted. This week is chosen to be near the birthday of William Billings, and started after the September 11, 2001 tragedy. So pick your tune and sing it loud. I'm going to pick a patriotic religious folk song, "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," just to point out the silliness of the categories. Then I will sing Ben Folds' "Army" because I just bought it and am very intrigued by it. And sometimes you just need to drop the F-bomb.