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19 October 2015

The Organ With the Organ Man

Dragon's current poems come from Robert Louis Stevenson's book, A Child's Garden of Verses. We don't do anything fancy; we just read them most of the time. This was today's poem:


Of speckled eggs the birdie sings 
And nests among the trees; 
The sailor sings of ropes and things 
In ships upon the seas.
The children sing in far Japan, 
The children sing in Spain;  
The organ with the organ man 
Is singing in the rain.

This, of course, requires some explanation; Dragon wants to know: "What's an organ man?" So we turn to YouTube, because some things just need to be heard to be understood, and music is one of those things. This, which isn't a proper song, just clips of hand organs strung together, is what we found, and they listened to it and gave it mixed reviews. Dragon liked it and listened to it more than once. Hero, on the other hand, was underwhelmed, but curious about how they work.

One of the things I really like about the things we've been using from the Ambleside Online curriculum is the way that it leads so naturally into enriching experiences, like this one. I doubt that I would have thought to introduce the kids to hand organs, but because we do the suggested poems, here we are.

1 comment:

Anne Chovies said...

When I was in Colonge there was an organ grinder we'd see around town at a lot since we both put in a fair amount of time on the market streets. He had a little monkey with a cup that would go around in the crowd and collect cions from people. It was always fun to watch them. The guy was always so cheerful. I saw a news article in the paper on him one day that I clipped and saved. It's somewhere with my mission journal. Somewhere.


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