The tale of our country and its roots is a tale that involves all of humanity. People from all walks of life and under all types of conditions came to America and contributed to our unique society. Along the way they wrote songs in reaction to the news of the day, tunes that expressed the hardships of their situations, and music that reflected their visions of what this nation could become. And in doing so, not only did they write the American Songbook; they wrote an American history book as well.It is from this rich heritage that the Manatawny Creek Ramblers draw to create an entertaining and educational program. The Ramblers use the diverse songs and musical genres of our country to tell its history. Whether it’s war, economic instability, a weather event, a legendary sporting event, or a presidential visit to foreign soil there is a good chance someone wrote a song about it. And, some of those songs even changed the course of history. The Manatawny Creek Ramblers present a concise and thorough history lesson through song. Connecting art and history gives music more relevance than just its entertainment aspects, and makes history more than just memorizing names and dates. The Ramblers performance exposes kids to new styles of music, and shows kids that history is vital and accessible. Also, they demonstrate how the past relates to the present. And most importantly, the Manatawny Creek Ramblers teach kids that if you know more about history, you will understand the current world better and you will know yourself better too.
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