Peter Rabbit and Raising Sand

Mary is on a roll.  Maybe not necessarily on a roll, as she provides very good information on a very routine basis.

She pulled together a very Spring-y carnival this week in Home Education Magazine’s Guide to Homeschooling Resources.  The pictures will make anyone nostalgic: 

Carnival of Homeschooling – Peter Rabbit Edition

Check it out!

Mary’s The Informed Parent, also had a great music resource:

Robert Plant & Alison Krauss: Raising Sand | The Informed Parent

Allison Krauss is a central Illinois gal.  Their band, Union Station, used to play at a cool, little Urbana park on Sunday afternoons some time ago. 

We thought they were pretty good. One of the bands that played with Union Station on those summer afternoons was the Peppermill String Band. They played at our wedding out by my parents’ pond, by the willow tree.

Our oldest gave her dad Raising Sand for Christmas, or maybe it was his birthday.  Either way, we’ve listened to it a lot.  Robert Plant is a wonderful partner to Allison Krauss’ sweet voice.  It’s just as good as the music in O Brother, Where Art Thou. Different, but very good.

We loved Nashville when we trouped through there a few weeks ago and we love old timey music.  This piece explaining the history of the movie, O Brother, Where Art Thou was interesting.  Especially during this particular time.  Music is a cure of much. (So’s looking at George Clooney,that Kentucky boy.):

Despite the hard economic times, record companies and radio stations discovered an enormous hunger for the homey sounds of The Carter Family, the rowdy blues of Jimmie Rodgers, the saucy humor of Uncle Dave Macon, the dazzling fiddling of Arthur Smith and the scintillating blues moans of countless slide guitarists, harmonica men and jug-band songsters. That hunger for emotional truth gave us our multi-million dollar music industry.
The razzmatazz of western swing, the whipped-dog whine of honky-tonk music, the creamy crooning of singing cowboys, the itchy-pants yelp of rockabilly and the suburban gleam of The Nashville Sound seemed to drown out the innocence of this rustic, acoustic kind of country. But it has survived. Now called "old-time music" this style thrives at the more than 500 bluegrass festivals, fiddle contests and folk gatherings that are staged every year in America. It is recorded or performed by young people virtually every night in Music City, U.S.A.
You won’t hear it on "country" radio. And it flies beneath the commercial radar of most record shops. So for those whose musical tastes are shaped by the great, gray behemoth that is the modern entertainment business, this music does sound obscure. Even exotic.
It was this sound that the Coen brothers and record producer T Bone Burnett came in search of on a scouting trip to Tennessee’s capital city in the spring of 1999. With the help of Denise Stiff and Gillian Welch they found a troupe of people eager to recreate the ethos of the 1930s – The Whites, Alison Krauss & Union Station, John Hartford, Ralph Stanley, the Fairfield Four, Emmylou Harris, The Cox Family, Norman Blake and The Nashville Bluegrass Band were among the talents who marched forward for this extraordinary project. Several of them even wound up on screen.


Peter Rabbit and Raising Sand — 1 Comment

  1. Your oldest introduced me to Alison – I think I have nearly all of her albums now….

    Karen and I saw Robert Plant and Alison in Atlanta…I thought you already had the album, it’s very good.