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Teaching and Contrasting Cultures using "Dust in the Wind", "Winds of Change" and "Blowin' in the Wind"--Part 3

By   Kevin A. Stoda, international educator   in Taiwan

This is the third of 3 "wind"-themed songs , I used last month to help my junior high students to connect to American music and Western culture through listening, reading, and discussing about symbolism.

Part 1: Teaching and Contrasting Cultures using "Dust in the Wind", "Winds of Change" and "Blowin' in the Wind"

Part 2: Teaching and Contrasting Cultures using "Dust in the Wind", "Winds of Change" and "Blowin' in the Wind"

Part 3 focuses on the older song of the three, "Blowin' in the Wind".

Bob Dylan came to sing in Taiwan this past April 3, 2011  

A lot of adults were inspired to go see him play and sing, but I doubt whether most (or any) of the 7th and 8th grade students in my English Speaking-and-Listening class even knew who Dylan was or for what kind-of-music (genres) he was popular in during the 1960s, i.e. when the song "Blowin' in the Wind", was written. Bob Dylan's lyrics have now been used in music and literature classes in public schools in America for generations--not only to impart literature but to help one generation share with another its collection of memories.   Moreover, all viewers of 1990s pop culture can recall, too, how the "Dylan" texts were used in the film DANGEROUS MINDS to motivate under-achieving students. [1]

It is believed that "Blowin' in the Wind" is Dylan's most covered song of all time.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3t4g_1VoGw4

It was written in 1962 and became very popular only when Peter, Paul, and Mary made it into a protest classic a year later. It has been recorded by Sam Cooke, Stevie Wonder, Dolly Parton, ".you-name-it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7-Tb_FsWRw

According to music lore, "Dylan wrote this ["Blowin' in the Wind"] in about 10 minutes one afternoon. He put words to the melody of an old slave song called "No More Auction Block,' which he might have learned from Carter family records. In the evening, Dylan took the song to the nightclub Gerde's Folk City in Greenwich Village, where he was due to play a set. Before playing it, he announced, "This here ain't no protest song or anything like that, 'cause I don't write no protest songs.'"

http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=1669

Naturally, Dylan was being somewhat ironic.   However, I was interested in what my students of 7th and 8th graders would pick up or interpret.

THIS HERE AIN'T NO PROTEST SONG ?

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KEVIN STODA-has been blessed to have either traveled in or worked in nearly 100 countries on five continents over the past two and a half decades.--He sees himself as a peace educator and have been-- a promoter of good economic and social development--making-him an enemy of my homelands humongous DEFENSE SPENDING and its focus on using weapons to try and solve global (more...)
 
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We need more than marches and lamentations this da... by Kevin Anthony Stoda on Wednesday, Jun 29, 2011 at 8:44:06 PM