Lesson 35: Folk to Pop 3 – Midnight Special

In this lesson you will

  • learn about the song “Midnight Special”
  • sing the song “Midnight Special”
  • learn about Lead Belly
  • compare performances by Lead Belly, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Paul McCartney
  • play bucket drum with “Midnight Special”

Objectives

  • I can sing and play music from a variety of places and times.
  • I can listen and respond to music.
  • I can compare performances.

Teaching Procedure

1 Learn about the song "Midnight Special"

Read the slide.

2 Sing the song "Midnight Special"

This song uses the same melody for verses and for the chorus.

You can accompany this song with D, G and A on guitar or ukulele.

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3 Learn about Lead Belly

Read the slide and watch the biography that follows.

4 View a biography of Lead Belly

This is a Safeshare link.

If the Safeshare link doesn't work, search internet for "biography of Lead Belly".

5 Other recordings of "Midnight Special"

Read the slide.

Links to Creedence Clearwater Revival's performance and Paul McCartney's performance will follow the Compare Performances slide.

6 Compare performances

A printable version of this worksheet is in Supporting Resources.

Compare the three performances of the song.

7 "Midnight Special" performed by Creedence Clearwater Revival

This is a Safeshare link.

If the Safeshare link doesn't work, search internet for "Midnight Special Creedence Clearwater Revival".

8 Paul McCartney performs "Midnight Special"

This is a Safeshare link.

If the Safeshare link doesn't work, search internet for "Paul McCartney performs Midnight Special".

9 Practice the parts for "Midnight Special" on bucket drum

Practice the parts.

10 Bucket Drum to "Midnight Special"

Play the whole song.

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