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THIS TRAIN IS BOUND FOR GLORY: a Conversation with Alice Faye Duncan
All aboard for a train bound for glory! Hop on for a great conversation with author, Alice Faye Duncan. We talk black spirituals, Rosetta Tharpe, writing inspiration, interactive books, teaching tips, writing tips, and more! Alice Faye is a delight: full of energy, very knowledgeable, and generous! You don't want to miss out -- on the train or the conversation! All aboard!
THIS TRAIN IS BOUND FOR GLORY by Alice Faye Duncan
From Waterbrook Publishing comes this beautifully and vibrantly illustrated ride on the Glory Express. Alice Faye Duncan adapts lyrics of an old black spiritual of the same name, THIS TRAIN IS BOUND FOR GLORY, made popular by Rosetta Tharpe and also performed by myriad other performers. The illustrations are bright and welcoming and each passenger finds a way into the song -- and onto the train. The overarching feeling of this book is a deep-seated joy, regardless of the struggles some of the passengers have obviously dealt with. I love the diversity of all the people on board, and my favorite spread is one where they are having an all-out jam session on the train. Beautiful! There are some guiding questions at the end, a challenge to create your own verses to keep the song going, and a study guide on Alice's website. The book is bright, beautiful and it takes the old black spiritual up a few notches, turning it into an invitation for the ride of a lifetime.
A Little Jam. . .(The Music Kind)
Sister Rosetta Tharpe (Alice Faye and I mention her in the interview. . .) did an incredible rendition of THIS TRAIN IS BOUND FOR GLORY. In fact, there are a few different versions of her doing it, as well as other musicians. For other versions, check out the YouTube playlist in the links section. Also there is another episode of #PBJamz where we highlighted the book LITTLE ROSETTA AND THE TALKING GUITAR by Charnelle Pinkney Barlow. You can catch it here. This is a great piece for highlighting Rosetta's amazing electric guitar skills, her gritty vocals, and her sense of humor. Since this is a spiritual, it speaks of Jesus, holiness, and things not allowed on the "train for glory."
Teacher Tips, Tricks and Topics
Tips and Topics for Music Teachers
Writing Prompts from Tonnye
Writing Tips from Alice Faye Duncan
Three writing tips for THIS TRAIN IS BOUND FOR GLORY
1. For craft, read and study lyrics to your favorite traditional and contemporary songs.
2. For practical work, purchase writing pens and notebooks that are aesthetically pleasing to you.
3. For inspiration, visit local art and history museums
Links, More Fun, Extensions for Families and Everyone!
Teachers' guide for THIS TRAIN on Alice's website
Pinterest board with lots of train activities, various versions of THIS TRAIN, historical info about black spirituals, etc.
YouTube playlist has the cups routine, music by Rosetta Tharpe, various version of THIS TRAIN, plus additional train music and more!
Lyrics and more
If you're riding the train, you need a snack that's not going to be a drippy droppy mess. These peanut butter and jelly oatmeal bars seem to fit the bill. Hearty, a bit nutritious and a lot delicious! Perfect for a train trip -- to Glory, across the country or to the next town over. Wherever you're traveling, bake a batch and take them with you, but you might want to make enough to share! You can find the recipe here, along with lots of others (as well as fashion, holiday tips, and tons more) from Real Housemoms!
Guest Links and Giveaways
Purchase THIS TRAIN from Amazon here.
Alice on Facebook
Alice on Twitter
THIS TRAIN page on Alice's website
Alice is generously offering 3 copies of THIS TRAIN IS BOUND FOR GLORY to 3 lucky winners. To be entered into the drawing, leave a comment below by August 2, 2023 at 11:59 PM. I will draw 3 winners from the comments! Good luck and enjoy this fabulous book, interview and episode!
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