About America – Heart of a New Nation:
From the French and Indian War to the first transcontinental railroad, America is a chronological tour of American history through its music. Enjoy the songs and stories of our past that have been shared from generation to generation—songs that make you laugh, make you cry, and make your patriotic spirit soar.
There are 16 songs included on CD which include Yankee Doodle, Oh Susanna, Polly Wolly Doodle, Old Joe Clark and several others. To purchase please click on the image of the cover.
America’s westward expansion is amazingly rich in stories and songs. In Westward Ho!, you will find the pioneer spirit that stirred the hearts of thousands of Americans to leave the safety and comfort of home expressed in folk songs of or about that time. Now you can experience the pioneers’ adventures, dangers, joys, sorrows and hopes as you join in and sing along.
There are 14 songs included on CD which include Apple Picker’s Reel, San Juan Pig War, Cascade Mountains and more! To purchase please click on the image of the cover.
The well-loved stories of Laura Ingalls Wilder will come to life all over again as you listen to the songs that were a part of life for the Ingalls and thousands of other pioneering families. Written by William Anderson, noted Laura Ingalls Wilder biographer, the book also includes beautiful photos by internationally known Little House photographer, Leslie A. Kelly.
There are 13 songs included with this title on CD including Wait for the Wagon, Buffalo Gals, My Sabbath Home and more. To purchase please click on the image of the cover.
Author of Beyond Survival, Reaping the Harvest and Diana Waring’s History Revealed world history curriculum, Diana discovered years ago that “the key to education is relationship.” Beginning in the early ’80s, Diana homeschooled her children through high-school—the real life opportunities to learn how kids learn. Mentored by educators whose focus was honoring Him who created all learners, and with an international background (born in Germany, university degree in French, lifelong student of world history), Diana cares about how people learn as well as what they learn. Audiences on four continents have enthusiastically received her energetic speaking style.
This is just a sampling of what you’ll hear on the CD’s – John Standefer was one of the main studio musicians.
One neat item of note as being part of the Launch Team for Experience History Through Music is getting to know some behind the scenes stuff of how these books came about and I want to share a bit about how the music that was thought of as gone was saved:
So, more back story. . .this one brings us up to the present—with a bit of a miracle thrown in!
Sometime in the mid 1990s, the partnership that had produced “America,” “Westward Ho!” and “Musical Memories of Laura Ingalls Wilder,” decided that it was time to let a “real” publisher take over. So, we signed contracts with a company that was quite large in the homeschooling movement at the time. We were excited to have others taking over the day-to-day details, as I had moved from the Portland area to South Dakota, and this was going to make things so much easier for us all.
However, when this business went bankrupt in the late 1990s, something happened that was past my comprehension. I still don’t know why, but when they declared bankruptcy they simply threw everything in the dumpster—including our masters. When I heard this, it utterly devastated me. These wonderful projects were gone, and to reproduce this again seemed too hard without the audio masters. Between having to start over from scratch with all of the images and graphic design and having no audio masters, I thought the entire project was gone forever.
People would ask us about them from time to time, as they had read about them, or heard of them, or had owned the original cassette tapes, but we always told them sadly, “I don’t think they will ever come back into print.”
Then, several years ago, Gena Suarez of The Old Schoolhouse contacted me to see if we might have any remaining stock of this product. She had heard of a family who had gone through a fire and lost everything, and her company was trying to help them rebuild their lives. I guess that the mom specifically talked about these American folk music in history books/audios, and this prompted Gena’s call to me.
I contacted the former partner who owned the recording studio to see if he, perchance, had somehow saved the audio files to digital. At the time, Tad was quite busy with other things, but he told me that he thought he might have saved a FEW songs. Since it didn’t sound promising, I thought it was probably a dead end. And I was sad all over again. It seemed like such a waste of a really fun product, that families had thoroughly enjoyed for years!
And, of course, these were the first books I had ever written. . .
Why I tried again two years ago is a mystery to me. I just took the notion to contact Tad once more and ask if he had discovered whether or not he had saved any of the songs. This time, as we talked, Tad realized that there were possibly some ways he could “pull out” the recordings from the antiquated DAT machines. However, he was in the midst of some medical issues, and was not sure how much time he would have to devote to the project.
It took two years. And then, suddenly, I had an email in my inbox. The songs had ALL been digitally restored, remastered for CD, and were ready to go!! I could hardly believe my eyes. After fifteen years, these products were going to have a new life.
I can hardly describe what this means to me, personally. But, maybe I can share with you what happened a few months ago to illustrate. Our business phone rang one day, and a woman began excitedly talking to my husband. As he heard what she was saying, he suggested that I would like to hear her story directly. When I took the phone, this is what she said:
“Diana, I met you fourteen years ago at a convention. When I told you that our family absolutely LOVED ‘Musical Memories of Laura Ingalls Wilder,’ you told me what had happened when the publisher threw your masters away. You asked me to pray that somehow it would all be restored. . . And, I have been praying!! Each time I walked by the cassette tape, I was reminded to pray. . . for FOURTEEN years!!”
She went on to say that she had just read on social media that the products were coming back into print, and she was so excited to see that her prayers were finally being answered. Together, we shared a few tears and a few amazed words of joy at what was taking place before our very eyes.
All that to say it’s time now to share my opinion and if I could just say buy it! I would but I know I need to do more than that – so I’ve got to tell you that this is a wonderful way to study the history of America both through the written word and the music that is distinctly American. Learn more about the beloved author, Laura Ingalls Wilder through the music that was a huge part of her life, learn about the music that was inspired by life as a pioneer during the settling of the West and other American history like canals that were the main way to ship goods or a bit about the Civil War. Some of the songs on the CD’s are more familiar to me such as Sweet By and By, Pop Goes the Weasel, Wade in the Water and When Johnny Comes Marching Home and others and hold a special memory of growing up and enjoy history even as a child through song. I still recall that episode of Fresh Prince of Bel-air where the Aunt sings some old Spirituals in her class and one of those were Wade in the Water – just a bit of an aside note from my growing up years.
The books have beautiful illustrations throughout and are black and white which adds to that old time feel, and I really enjoyed seeing all the historical pictures and illustrations really make the history in the books come alive. There is no ‘right’ order to read these in, so starting wherever you want or depending on what time period one is studying or just to read them to read them – I cannot stress how these books are easy to pick up and just go. Read the ‘lesson’, I don’t like to use the word lesson because it’s not so much a lesson as it is just a time to learn and then listen to the music or listen to the music quietly as you read aloud – there are so many options in how to use this in the home which is why these are so great, making learning enjoyable and appropriate for all types of learners.
If you or your child plays piano there is the included sheet music at the end of the book which is great if you want to just look at the lyrics or if you want to play along with it. Unfortunately, my children and I don’t know how to play piano but it’s this type of resource that makes me want to learn so that I can play these tunes so that they aren’t lost to history. With the stories behind the songs, the CD’s and the sheet music this is a great way to learn and teach history and the books include the faith element too which was so strong back in the days when America was being founded, the West was being settled and when Laura Ingalls Wilder was growing up. So if you’re looking for a unique way to teach history to your children or if your children just have an interest this set of books are definitely worth it.
Right now for the month of July there is a special if you buy the whole bundle it’s only $50 so be sure to stop by Diana Waring Presents and get your set!
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