Lesson 42 American Country Music
QUESTIONS • Is American country music about modern life? • 2. What did American song writers write about in the 1950s? • 3. What about in the 1960s? • 4. What is American country music about?
QUESTIONS • Is American country music about modern life? • 2. What did American song writers write about in the 1950s? • 3. What about in the 1960s? • 4. What is American country music about? No, it was about “the good old days”. Love, money. Anger, making fun of political leaders. Things common for everyone, feeling alone in the modern world, the value of having good friends and so on.
1.During the 1990s, money, success and expensive things to buy are being mostly written by song writers. 2.Once song writers wrote some common things such as feeling alone in the modern world, the value of having good friends and so on. 3.In the 1950s, American music was mainly about love and money. 4.In the 1960s, though young students were angry with society and some political leaders, they could find no way to show their anger. TRUE or FALSE: F T T F
5.Today American country music is sung not only in different places of the USA but also by people from different countries. 6.In the past, country singers could sing just with a guitar, but now they need a lot of electrical equipment for large theatres. 7.Generally speaking , country music has changed a lot. 8.In “ the good old days” people thought that sunshine, laughing, friends and music were the best things. T T F T
American Country Music During the 1990s, American country music has become more and more popular. Song writers are no longer writing about the modern values of the USA ━ money, success or expensive things to buy. Instead they are writing once more aboutthings that are commonfor everyone: feeling alone in the modern world, the value of having good friends and so on. In the 1950s, American music was about other things, for example,love━ getting or losing a boyfriend or girlfriend.Moneywas also thought to be important. Then in the 1960s song writers turned to other subjects. During these years many young studentswere angry with society, so songs were oftenfull of anger.Political leaders were not well thought ofand those songs often made fun of them.
Find out different subjects of different times: 1950s: Love, money; 1960s: Anger with society and political leaders; 1990s: Common things: feeling alone in the modern world, the value of having good friends and so on. Draw the main idea of this part: The history of American country music
Today country music has returned. It has becomebig business. It brings in between 200 and 400 million dollars a year. Once the home of American country music was Nashville, Tennessee. Now, however, the music hasreached all parts of the States,from Los Angeles in the west to New York in the east. Singers donot just come from the States but from all over the world. There are many famous singers from Britain, Canada and Australia. A lot of them appear on television too. The first country singers sang while playing the guitar. It was easy for them to carry a guitar on their travels. Now, however,a lot of electrical equipment is needed for large theatres.
Country music today remains muchthe same asbefore. One subject to which country music often returns is “the good old days”. In “the good old days” people thought well of each other. People loved life in the open air. They believed that the best thingsin life were free: sunshine, laughing, walks in the beauty of the country, friends and music.
Differences In the past Now allthe parts of the states, from Los Angeles in the westto New York in the east Area(s): Nashville, Tennessee Singers: from the states from all over the world Equipment: alot of electrical equipment guitar The forever subject: The good old days: sunshine, laughing, walks in the beauty of the country, friends and music.
Draw the main idea of this part: The present development of American country music
Discussion: What kind of music do you prefer? What does music mean to you?