March to the (Golden) Gates of Hell (French Revolution Post #1)

(In the perspective of Madame Reine Audu)

It is the 6th of November 1789. My march was successful. The king never implemented, or even responded to the suggestions I put in the letter I wrote to him. There are no women allowed in his conventions, so I had to send the message directly. It was just me and a bunch of other women to start. We had demands, and we wanted to see the king. Over the two days it took to march to the palace of Versailles, we were joined by hundreds if not thousands of people, effectively becoming an unruly mob eager for blood if our plights were not heard. We reached the golden gates full of anger and vice. The guards were intent to stop us from reaching the king, so we killed them.  That got the kings attention and he ran out in a huff about not killing anyone, and said he would listen and in act all of our demands. Satisfied that the king had finally heard us, and worried about possible reinforcements (I didn’t want that maniac with the grapeshot showing up) we decided to head home, and waited for the changes to happen. Two months later, we were still waiting. The king had played us for fools, and now we were angrier than ever. We were collectively looking for a target for our aggressions, and we all seemed to settle on the prison-fortress of Bastille. Not only was it close and easy to burn, it also had lots of weapons in it. The staffs, even though they were Swiss Guard, were critically short and they would be unable to defend a mass invasion from a mob of our size. We were able to force our way in and smash into the grounds, liberating many weapons and “freeing” some “political” prisoners. It was just moral justification for the crimes we committed. The prison burned, and with it the chances of peace between the Royalty and the Third Estate. Nothing will ever be the same again.

What Do You Meme? (DOL #3)

empire sepsaliensCfjG8FtVIAEcDd7My meme big idea is the theory that the Americans could not have beat the British Empire in the Revolutionary war without outside help from other countries such as France. This connects to Zinn/Hamilton because that is the time period when they took place and they have several mentions to the fact that the French army helped them with their revolution and probably won the whole thing for them (and then proceeded to be forgotten by the Americans when the US ducked out of helping in the French revolution). This also connects to current events with the fact that immigrants and foreigners helped them make the country, and now they are turning them away and trying to force them out (ahem, Mr Drumpf, ahem). The invasions, subjugation’s and manipulations are almost exactly how the British Empire ran the world and made the Americans want to leave them in the first place. The America of now has become the British Empire of then.


In-Depth Week 12

Nearing the final stretch of the in-depth project, I have come to the reasonable conclusion that the outcome of the project and my participation would have been completely different (not for the better). My musical library of knowledge has expanded almost threefold since we started our lessons and I have never been this interested in a musical instrument. I plan to continue my lessons even after the project has concluded. Over spring break in particular I learned how to play popular banjo songs such as “Oh Susanna,” “I’ll fly away,” and “Worried Man Blues” to name a few. I was planning to make a recording for this blog post, but I had to send my banjo into the shop for a modification called an “action adjustment,” which allows it to play higher notes without them going flat (compressed strings).

The learning opportunities Josh provides to expose me to new learning is to put me in the forefront of my learning by letting me choose what I wish to learn and personalizing his standard teaching program to my personal learning style. This sort of openness accurately reflects the learning of the TALONS program so I found it very easy to learn via this method.

The learning opportunities that exist to promote new learning is the fact that music is an infinite field of new learning that you can never completely explore and the odd satisfaction that comes with it. With musical in-depths, usually the conclusion after six months of study is that you know nothing.

The opportunities that might accelerate my learning would to focus on just one specific field of interest within the different styles of playing the instrument, and to work on that area as much as possible. For example, in my learning I am focusing on the “bluegrass” style of playing the banjo as opposed to strumming, clawhammer, or the many other variations of making noise come out of the instrument.

When my mentor and I get together for our meetings (usually once a week) we mostly talk about my advancement with what we learned last week (homework), and what to work on for the next week. The rest of the time is spent practicing, because we can only meet for about half an hour at a time.

The thing that is going particularly well in my mentoring relationship right now is our work schedule. Our method of learning and gaining new information works really well for me and we can get a lot done at every meeting, even though we only meet for half an hour at a time.

What my mentor and I are learning about each other is that we actually have a lot in common. The age gap between us isn’t that great, but it is significant so it was pleasing that we have similar interests that did not involve banjos; like travelling, reading fiction novels and computer games.

In conclusion, I think my current mentoring situation is fantastic, much better than last year, and that I would have probably lost interest in my topic after a couple months if it hadn’t been for Josh, pushing my possible achievements to the project to greater heights. Once again, I apologize for not having any musical evidence for this blog post and I will have something on a recording for next time.

Until the next post,