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Songs That Bring History to Life | TED Talks

Written by JoAnn Chateau

Rhiannon Giddens reads historical accounts of slavery and the Civil War. You hear their embodiment in Giddens’ jazzy, bluesy interpretation of Black folk ballads and the emotive timbre of her operatic voice.


“Rhiannon Giddens pours the emotional weight of American history into her music. Listen as she performs traditional folk ballads — including “Waterboy,” “Up Above My Head,” and “Lonesome Road” by Sister Rosetta Tharp — and one glorious original song, “Come Love Come,” inspired by Civil War-era slave narratives.” ~ TED Talks


 

About the author

JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She sometimes writes fiction about Chester (the Alpha Bichon) and his friends -- with a dash of humor and dab of Poli-Sci. JoAnn's views and insights are tinted by her past profession in Counseling, Christian theological studies, and Library and Information Science training. Retired now, JoAnn enjoys the creative life.

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