Juneteenthby Karl Hitzemann
Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. It was on June 19, 1865, that Major General Gordon Granger and the Union army landed in Galveston, Texas, with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. In 1979, Texas became the first state to make Juneteenth an official holiday; and today most states hold Juneteenth observances.
For our song "Juneteenth" we went for a somewhat thoughtful, melancholy sound that depicts the triumph of the end of slavery, but also the great struggle and loss that came with it. The song has an easygoing tempo and gentle accompaniment, which features guitars and banjo along with a piano and string section; and the melody is fairly easy to learn. The kit includes an isolated part 2 rehearsal track, in case you would like to use the optional second vocal part. (from Music K-8, Vol. 27, No. 5)
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