October 26, 2021
Music of the Great Depression with John Clark
Tuesday, October 26, 2021
Open to out-of-town seniors for $5
Join John Clark at the Senior Center to watch, listen and learn about music for the approximately 10-year period following the 1929 Stock Market Crash that plunged America into an economic depression. Popular songwriters and singers responded in many different ways. Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries, Let’s Have Another Cup of Coffee and a string of overly optimistic hits by Ted Lewis were attempts to cheer up a devastated citizenry. Woody Guthrie’s Dust Bowl Ballads and A Shanty in Old Shanty Town offered commiseration to the thousands of Americans from big cities to the Great Plains who were forced to give up their homes. Brother Can You Spare a Dime and My Forgotten Man went so far as to chide our government for its lack of response. In the spirit of what he would call the New Deal, Franklin Roosevelt’s first presidential campaign slogan/song was Happy Days Are Here Again. Even the lyrics of Disney cartoon song Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf and Harold Arlen’s Stormy Weather became symbolic commentaries on the circumstances of this national calamity. Songs by Al Jolson, Bing Crosby and Rudy Vallee are also featured. Prior to a career as a high school and adult education teacher, John Clark worked in music publishing in Nashville. He enjoys sharing his passion for music with senior centers and senior residences.