“Life is a shipwreck, but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats.” —Voltaire
Homesteading isn’t just about growing food or raising chickens, it’s a way of life. It’s a way to re- connect with yourselves and your neighbors.
As a little girl, I was very fond of the Little House on the Prairie series. I really think that those books shaped my life to some degree. The stories remain etched in my memory to this day. I remember the hardships, the laughter, the family’s successes and failure; but, most of all, I remember the music. In my mind’s eye, I can see Pa Ingalls playing his fiddle in the evening for his family. It really puts some of us to shame that those who came before us who endured so much hardships and pain and had to work so hard to eek out a living still had time to learn music. I wonder and think: Aren’t we more cultured today than back ‘in those days’ as we certainly do have more time, living in a now civilized society by comparison, in a sense, to devote to music; but, too often, we take the easy way and just plug ourselves into music made by others. And that includes me! Awhile back, sis and I decided that we weren’t going to be so musically impaired and have been practicing on the guitar of and on for many years now.
I found this interesting website which catalogs all the old music mentioned in the LHTP books with lyrics! This is a real find for me and I thought I would share it with those of you who may also be interested.
Our weekly socials or “Hoots” (short for Hootenanny) as we call them, have become a part of out homesteading life and is fostering a community (and our NEIGHBORS) in a very special way. They got me to wondering about music during the early days of our country’s history and I found this interesting excerpt from http://plainshumanities.unl.edu/encyclopedia/doc/egp.gen.040
The homesteading period of history usually brings to mind stories of blizzards, prairie fires, and other catastrophic events. Yet tragedy is but one dimension of human life. To dwell on that aspect is to distort reality. In spite of their heavy demands, many homesteaders found time to devote to music, art, literature, and even poetry. A sense of humor was important in shaping their outlook on life.
Sadly, our modern lifestyle does not encourage self-development in this same sense but seems to promote ‘”knowledge acquisition.” We are only encouraged to “know” but not to “do. ”
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