Saturday, November 21, 2009
Of all the songs by The Band, this is my favorite. The wistful pain in the lyrics is evidence of the soul of this group. They made many songs but I love this one.
Having said that, I played their song Acadian Driftwood today in class for my students. We have been studying the French and Indian War and the Revolutionary War. This song is about the Acadians who were rousted from their homes during the F & I War and sent on their way. The British renamed the island Nova Scotia. Most of the Acadians ended up in Louisiana near New Orleans. We know them as Cajuns.
These little pieces of history are the most fun to study. As I told the students today, maybe there will be a whole new generation of Band fans. Who knows?