Music . . . Equal broadcast time for the United States
In 1970, I had an extraordinary experience. About 5 in the afternoon, while walking out of a 4 hour long architectural design class, I noticed a handwritten note on the architecture bulletin board: “Peter Yarrow, Mary Travers and Paul Stookey have free time tonight and would like to meet some Georgia Tech students. Join them in Room 303 at 7:30 PM tonight. If you play a musical instrument, bring it along so you can jam with them.”
Room 303 is normally where we took Structural Engineering and Acoustics classes. It was just a regular sized classroom, so 99% of the students thought it was a hoax. I was curious, though. I couldn’t bring my entire drum trap set, but did grab a tambourine and shuffled back to the Architecture Building after dinner at the frat house. Only about 20 students took the note seriously. Fortunately, several took their guitars or banjos along just in case. Then walked into the classroom . . . PETER, PAUL AND MARY. We are not worthy! We are not worthy! This is the first song that we sang together.
We have added several Sami scholars and Scandinavian anthropology students to our readership in recent weeks. Don’t want you to feel discriminated against, so are broadcasting your version, too. In 2000, folk singer, Mikael Wiehe, wrote Swedish words to the beloved American folk song, “This Land is Your Land” by Woody Guthrie. Since then, “Det här är mitt land” has essentially become the national anthem for young Swedes, since their official national anthem is well . . . rather lame. His pronunciations of Swedish words sounds guttural because his father was Danish and he was born in Denmark. However, his words are actually what English would look and sound like today had not the Norman Conquest occurred in 1066 AD. At the time, about 2/3 of England was occupied by Danes and Norwegians . . . plus the Angles migrated from southern Denmark. That’s how I learned Swedish . . . by checking out an Old English dictionary from the local library.
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