Yesterday James learned about art and music in medieval times. His SLP keeps coming up with great creative writing assignments and this one really blew us away. See below for the song that James composed as a troubador for a king!
Creative writing: Imagine that you are an artist or musician in the Middle Ages. You have been tasked to create a song or a piece of art for someone. Create a story around this scenario. Who would your patron be? What would you create? Make sure that your story reflects your newly acquired knowledge of the Middle Ages.
IN THE HISTORY OF THE MIDDLE AGES, THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A GREATER SINGER THAN ME, JAMES THE LYRICAL. I AM THE MOST HIGHLY SOUGHT TROUBADOR IN THE LAND. MY SONGS ARE HILARIOUS. TIMES ARE HARD IN THE MIDDLE AGES. KINGS HIRE ME TO ENTERTAIN THEIR COURTS. THEY ENJOY MY STORY SONGS ABOUT GREAT BATTLES UNDER THEIR COMMAND. I ALSO SING ABOUT THE PEASANTS AND THEIR LIVES IN THE FEUDAL SYSTEM. LIFE FOR PEASANTS IS NOT EASY. HISTORICALLY, THEY ARE THE SLAVES OF THE MIDDLE AGES.
TIMES WERE ALSO HARD FOR THE YOUNG MEN. THEY HAD TO COMPETE IN TOURNAMENTS TO PROVE THEIR BRAVERY AND SHOW THEIR UNUSUAL TALENTS. SO I SANG SONGS TO CHEER THEIR COURAGE. MY SONGS WERE SO POPULAR THAT EVERYONE WANTED ME TO SING FOR THEM. Do you think you can compose a song? (James smiled at this, so I knew something good was coming!!) HERE IS ONE OF MY SONGS.
THE TIMES LINGER
THE KINGS DO NOT LIFT A FINGER
PASSIONS ARE MIGHTY
NOBLES ARE FLIGHTY
WISHES FOR HEALTH ARE MADE
PLAGUE PUTS MANY IN GRAVES TO BE LAID
LEGENDS ARE TOLD
BRAVERY FROM YOUNG AND OLD
WICKED PLOTS ARE HATCHED
FOR NEW LANDS TO BE SNATCHED
KINGS PLUNDER THE LANDS
WITH NO THOUGHT OF WORK FROM PEASANT HANDS
MANY WILL SUFFER
WHILE KINGS HEAR ME SING AT SUPPER
MY SONGS PLEASE AND DELIGHT
IN THE TIMES OF SUPERSTITION AND FRIGHT
He wrote this on the spot, no time lapse other than the time it takes to spell out each word!