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Airielle Sims's insight:
1. Music reflects the times,describing events than many oter mediums available to use today.
2. Blues was created by African Americans.
3. Jazz was originated in 1900 by black musicians, chiefly in New Orleans.
4. Bug bands were very popular in 1930's.
5. Many singers got their start singng with big bands.
6. Young and older people liked to danced to all different types of music.
7. Americans changed the words to lyrics so they would not reflect the German language.
1. Refugee- a person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster. 2. Drought- a prolonged period of abnormally low rainfall; a shortage of water resulting from this. 3. Whirlwinds- a column of air moving rapidly around and around in a cylindrical or funnel shape. 4. Practices- the actual application or use of an idea, belief, or method as opposed to theories about such application or use. 5. Bitter- having a sharp, pungent taste or smell; not sweet. 6. Crop- a cultivated plant that is grown as food, esp. a grain, fruit, or vegetable. 7. Buldging- make or cause to make the slightest movement. 8. Magnolia- a tree or shrub with large, typically creamy-pink, waxy flowers. 9. Gallant- brave.
10. Pastoral- used for or related to the keeping or grazing of sheep or cattle.
Dear Mother Kim, Sister Airaka, Nephew I’Zayn, Brother Aaron, Sister Sara, Paster Drew, Mr. Wilkinson my neighbor, Grandma Davis, my neighbor Mr. Cushenbery-Andrews and his kids and wife, little cousin Barack, Grandpa Davis, Laquisha Felder, and Dee Rena Hunter:
Hi Mom and everybody, how are you all? I am not doing okay. Everything is not going good and the dust bowl and me being poor. There is dust everywhere and in everything. There is dust all in the house. I have tried keeping wet sheets nailed over the windows and doors to keep the dust out. Somehow the dust just keeps on coming in. I have even tried nailing thick blankets to the windows and doors also. There is some new music on the radio by Woody Guthrie talking about this so-called, “dust bowl.”
The music is very entertaining. There are a variety of music genres. The music gives you a feeling that makes you want to move your feet and clap your hands. The music is very calming and relaxing. The people around town wear different clothes to dance their swing dances. I really like their outfits even though they get dirty with dust fast.
Momma and everybody, I had to take my money out of the bank because of the stock market crash. Did you all? I was too late though and I lost all my money. Even those people named Bonnie and Clyde are going around town robbing banks. I wish I would have thought about that before! I am just kidding! I wish that our economy would get better soon so I could afford these things being inflated in prices in the stores. Things seem very expensive now. I wish I could take the railroads to come and see you soon.
I wish I could afford to come see you when this dust bowl is over. Since my husband lost his job at the plant, he has been volunteering in order to hopefully have his job back soon. We are waiting for him to be able to be paid for working soon. Please send us your prayers my family. This dust bowl is so hard! I wish I could snap my fingers and it would be all over and everything would be back to normal again with no dust. I also wish I could go to the movies and leave my house! I read that book “Gone With the Wind.” You know, they made that book into a movie and people seem to like it. It made great reviews.
Do you like music? I really like this folk music going around. I really like this stuff called rocking roll. I think I will like this music as well as jazz, opera, blues, swing, gospel, and classical. I cannot wait until the day that I make more money and get to buy more music to listen to. I think I would buy one of each kind. Some music makes me feel sad at times. Does music make you all sad?
You know all this dust going around the town. It makes it hard to want to dance to music. I think it is scary with those dust storms blowing around. I see the clouds coming and we all go for cover. The neighbors built up some metal strings so we could keep ourselves on the land without blowing away. You know how hard it is to keep the dust out of the house? I make sure to keep the dust out by sealing the cracks in our house. I try to sweep it out the door, but it is hard. I try to keep the dust out of my clothes, my hair, and everything around me. I cannot wait until this dust bowl and great depression are over.
I really like to think that one day I will not have to worry about what is all going on now. I do not like the crime in the city with the bank robbers. It makes it hard for me to want to get out into the city because I feel like it is unsafe. I really hope these dust bowl winds stop soon and that the people all get it together with our government. It is so sad to see everyone not be able to plant crops or work the jobs they once had. Momma and everybody, I hope to come and visit you soon. Please pray for me and my neighbors. I really hope that things are better soon or I do not know what I am going to do. Although it has been very hard, I am still living through it and praying to God to guide me through each day of my life and every day! Amen!
Love you all, Take care,
Airielle Shan’nee Sims
P. S. Hope to see you all very soon, please have a hot meal for me!
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