Jacob Haller (jwgh) wrote,
Jacob Haller

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My cousin John Scott has been working with his father, John Anthony Scott, on a revised version of A Ballad of America, a book that John A. Scott originally wrote in, I think, 1972.

The revised version includes a bunch of new songs that were collected while both Scotts were working on Folksong in the Classroom, a self-published magazine on the topic of using folk songs as a teaching material.

Each song has an introductory essay that relates it to a particular historical period or event, and the lyrics, melody line, and chords are included. One of the goals with the new edition of the book was to make it available in loose leaf form, so that teachers can easily make copies of the lyrics to distribute.

So my cousin asked me if I wanted to put together a website for this, which I readily agreed to do. Unfortunately, other stuff in my life interfered, but I finally got to spend some time on it and so here it is: Folksong in the Classroom, the website! It includes a little PHP-based table of contents listing which I'm slightly proud of (although any PHP programmer probably could have thrown together something similar in ten minutes).

We're hoping to include additional content. For instance in each of the seven main sections of the book we'll probably have an entire song, complete with essay, lyrics, melody, etc., available to be looked at and maybe downloaded as a PDF. We'd also like to have simple recordings of the first verse and chorus of each song available as a download, although some decisions have to be made about how exactly that will work.

I've submitted it to search engines, but if anyone has any suggestions for other ways of improving its placement in the search results for "Folksong in the Classroom" and "Folk Song" and such please let me know. (It is probably pretty obvious that one of the goals of this entry is to help move it up in the rankings.)

OK bye.
Tags: ballad of america, family

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