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'Country' sings of rural life
作者:21ST    来源:初中版第110期    日期: 2010-09-28
John Denver

John Denver

外研版初二年级:Western music

关键词:The orchestra

话题归类:艺术Art



美国乡村音乐以其简单的旋律,柔和的曲调打动听众,流传至今。


ARE you tired after studying hard? American country music will take you away for a while. The guitars and songs will transport (传送) you to the mountains and fields there.

Country is simple music. It talks of everyday life and feelings (情感). It's the "spirit (精神) of America", easy to understand, slow and basic (基本的).

Country music developed in the Southern United States. It was the folk music of the American countryside. Many of the songs tell about the lives of farmers. They talk about love, crops (庄稼) or death.

Rural life can be hard, so the words are often sad. At first, people played the music only at family parties. But it became more popular. In the 1920s, country songs were played on the radio and were made into records (唱片).

When people moved to towns and cities looking for work, they took their music with them. Country music continued to change and became popular across America.

John Denver was one of America's most famous country singers in the 1970s. His song "Take Me Home, Country Roads" is well-known and people still play it today.

阅读训练

1. Which of the following is NOT true about country music?

A. It's fast and loud.

B. It's usually about daily life.

C. It started in the south of the US.

2. The underlined word "rural" probably means "_____".

A. of the city

B. of the countryside

C. about work

Think about it:

How do you like country music? What's your favourite kind of music? What do you think music can do for a person?

Keys

A B




关键词:外研版 初二 Western music 艺术Art



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