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The classical composer Alan Hovanhess wrote a symphony based on Mt. St.
Helen's eruption. (He died earlier this year and is a quite accessible
composer.) Thinking of songwriting--would looking for songs from an earlier
age, when songwriting was more common--be helpful? I was thinking of the
earlier San Francisco earthquake and the Galveston hurricane. Perhaps the AM
collections on folksongs would be helpful.

SCOTT CULCLASURE
High Point Central High School
High Point, NC

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> Season's greetings everyone. Is is very cold here in Wisconsin (-20 wind
> chill at night,) so it is great to get news from warmer climes. Kim and I
> are working on our lesson and would like to request some help. Part of our
> lesson deals with music associated with particular natural events. We are
> wondering if there are songs which were associated with either the 1989
> San
> Francisco earthquake or the 1980 Mt. St. Helen's eruption. We are also
> looking for a song from Hawaii about volcanoes or Pele. The words to a
> traditional chant would be fine. (Any suggestions, Claire?) If anyone from
> these areas can help us, we would appreciate it. Thanks,
> Pat
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