Thursday, February 12, 2015 ~ 7 Comments

Micro Think Tank: February 13, 2015

by Ms. Denis


The MICRO Think Tank is Strattonville's venue for venture reflections every Friday. Students and Facilitators may choose to write reflections in Micro Journals or in the comments that follow the post. In February, the MICRO Think Tank prompts coordinate with African American History month.

Singing Songs of Sadness and Hope 

​Blues, Jazz, and R&B (Rhythm and Blues) are deeply rooted in the songs of African slaves' work songs, gospel, and Negro spirituals. 

Songs of Sadness

  • Some say that The Blues was born in the cotton fields of the Mississippi Delta where cotton choppers and pickers sang to make the work go easier. 
  • Even after the slaves were given back their freedom, many of them were poor and homeless. It was under these conditions that the term "being blue" appeared. The color blue expressed a feeling of sadness, depression, and of being lonely. The words below come from a Blues song. 'Singing the blues' has been a way for African Americans to tell of the unhappy things and injustice in their lives.
    • "I been hurt an' mistreated
      'till I done made up my mind. 
      Gonna leave dis ol' country
      an' all my troubles behind."

Songs of Hope

  • The blues and African spirituals were also messages of hope.
  • Swing Low, Sweet Chariot is a song of hope that African slaves sang while working in the fields and people still sing it today. 

​Listen to Beyonce sing Swing Low, Sweet Chariot in the movie, The Fighting Temptations (2003), and answer the questions below.

1. What do you think the words mean in Swing Low, Sweet Chariot?

2. What songs that you like to sing or listen to when you feel blue?

3. What songs do you sing or listen to that give you hope?

  1. Comment by aiden 20 February 2015 at 1:13 pm

    I think they mean hope.I like to listen to The Walker.I`m a beliver.

  2. Comment by aiden 20 February 2015 at 1:17 pm

    I think it means hope.I like to listen to The Walker.A song that gives me hope is I`m a Beliver.

  3. Comment by gregory 20 February 2015 at 1:23 pm

    1. I think it means the sweet love of the Lord.

    2. I dont listen to any music when I feel bad.

    3. I like listening to despicible me to feel good.

  4. Comment by Jadyn 20 February 2015 at 1:26 pm

    I thibl sweet swinglow,sweet chariot meets never give up.When i
    feel sad i listen beacuse im happy. I listen to iggy and nick jones.

  5. Comment by youngseok 20 February 2015 at 1:29 pm

    2.what’s up
    3.silent night

  6. Comment by diamond 20 February 2015 at 1:30 pm

    I think the “sweet chariot” part meen me come on my sweet ride,take me home or to be specific I think it meens take me away from these cruel people to a better place.Ain’t no sunshine,boyfriend,rude,badseed,& most of all dynamite 50+.Ain’t no sunshine,where you there,& my mother taught me me how to pray.

  7. Comment by eduardo 20 February 2015 at 1:47 pm

    I think the words mean to never think about the bad thing. I like to listen to my favorite minecraft songs. The song that give my hop is a mexican song that give my hop.

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