My son: I don’t think Train sounds old-fashioned at all. They sound like they are trying to be as good as the old-fashioned bands. Maybe they should listen to more bluegrass, they need to strip it down.
Bob Dylan's Theme Time Radio Hour is a musical education and pure entertainment. If you've never heard these shows, you should check them out. N.B. You don't need to be a fan of Dylan's music to thoroughly enjoy these beauties.
My brother-in-law, Eddie Dean, introduced us to the program a few years ago and my two children (11 and 13) are now reaping the rewards of the musical education they've received. Eddie may have intended the results that we are seeing, you never know what strategy he has in mind. Side note about Eddie, he's a writer and could sell a glass of water to a drowning man with his turn of phrase. He's been published in The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Washington, D.C. City Paper, in Best Music Essays of 2000, and wrote Man of Constant Sorrow.
Here is the story of how my children learned about hundreds of songs which I consider crucial to literacy.
My husband is the one who drives the children to school and takes them on road trips, etc. Every time they were in the car he would pop in one of the Theme Time shows. He's the one who delivered the material, replayed songs, explained lyrics, parsed the vocabulary used, ad nauseam.
Year 1: They had favorites and were quoting the remarks that Dylan made to give context (hence the
title, "theme" time)
Year 2: They were singing the songs in the shower, recognizing them in T.V. shows and movies.
Year 3: They recognized the bass lines of songs that were remixed into new songs and were talking
about how the music was being used to make something new.
Now, in our fourth year, they have the songs on their mp3 players, share them with friends and work them into conversations and book studies. My son was reading a book this summer that mentioned a song playing in the story line, and was able to use that information to determine the year for the novel's setting. The magic curriculum had worked. Wish I'd planned it!
A smart teacher would write some sort of curriculum using the shows. Here's a link to the lists of songs in season two. You'll see the titles and know why a curriculum can hook into these easily. Now, like the Smothers Brothers say, "Take it!"
And hey, send me a copy of that curriculum when you write it.