(3:43) Junior Level Band. Purchase: Hal Leonard. Music and Lyrics Copyright ©2001, Brent Michael Davids.
Grandmother Song is an introduction to the Mohican tradition of “sung syllables” or what Native Americans call “vocables.” Combining them with traditional wood flute songs, composer Brent Michael Davids offers a fresh look at the sound of Native American songs. Band instruments are performed less as musical instruments and more as talking sticks, singing reeds, rustling winds and shooting thunder. Through this ballad, performers are given the materials to understand how Native Americans celebrate the world around them through the blending of words and song.
"Grandmother Song" is published as part of the BandQuest series (Hal Leonard), and includes an interdisciplinary CD-ROM for teaching. Here are a few examples: Teaching vocables, Students Interview Brent Michael David, Band director Jeff Jacox discusses BandQuest experience.
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