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History of Country Music

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Essay title: History of Country Music

When I was a young boy my Grandfather always liked to tell the tale of how he was wounded during the extraordinary battle that killed the great Roland. My grandfather was a brave knight that held all the qualities a knight was supposed to possess. He was a chivalrous, brave, strong knight that feared nothing. He had never been beaten in battle, and I suppose he never was. That is for you to decide.

My grandfather served under the knight, Rowland, and his fateful assistant, Olivier. He would describe these men as fearless, "for when they were armed and mounted on their horses, not even death could make them shy from battle" (Song of Rowland, pg. 167). My grandfather held both of these men in very high regard. He served them well, and was sad when he could no longer offer them his services.

In this particular battle Rowland and Olivier are both taken from this world in death. Grandfather was by Olivier's side when he felt the cold hand of death grab him and take him to the great beyond. He remembers that Olivier fell to the ground and confessed his sins aloud and prayed that God might grant him paradise and give His (God) blessing to France and Charles (the King), and most certainly to his best companion, Rowland. Grandfather remembers that Rowland was a grief stricken man, who wept for his friend. He recollected that you would never see a sadder man than Rowland, over the loss of his dearest friend.

Next, Grandfather would go on the remember Rowland's death. He said you could see his brains oozing from his ears. Grandfather said that this is when Rowland blew his horn for help. He realized that his time was drawing closer, and he like Olivier, prayed to God. (Song of Rowland, pg.168-169) Grandfather said that this is when he too was wounded in battle. He was struck in the head and he stumbled into the woods where he lost his wits and fell into a deep slumber.

When Grandfather awoke from his unconscious state the battle was over, and he found himself lost deep within the woods. Night had fallen, and there was a bright yellow moon overhead. He said he wondered around for some time trying to recall what had put him in such a place and state. Grandfather would tell us that the farther he walked about, the deeper into the shadowy woods he wondered. While wondering in these woods Grandfather heard a frightful snap of some twigs.

The first thing that came to Grandfather's mind when he heard these snapping twigs was that someone was out looking for him. He began to call for help, hoping it was one of his fellow knights. What Grandfather saw next was completely unexpected. Instead of seeing a knight, or even a man, he saw a wolf-like creature in the moonlight. It was unlike any creature he had ever seen. This creature was hideous, yet beautiful and breathtaking all at the same time. The fur was silvery in the shadowy light the moon displayed, and it had a domineering and strong stance, like it was a proud man, instead of a beast. Grandfather was enthralled with the creature and followed him into the forest for the remainder of the night.

Grandfather said he followed the wolf-thing at a close distance until he reached the entrance of a cave. Grandfather dared not enter the cave, for fear of being ripped to shreds by the beast. After all he had escaped death once already that day. Grandfather said he felt compelled to wait outside the cave for a while, although he was not sure what he was waiting for. After several minutes, or hours, Grandfather wasn't sure, for he seemed to lose all sense of time in the forest; a man emerged from the cave. The man looked disoriented and wild-eyed, according to Grandfather. The man saw Grandfather and stopped dead in his tracks. Grandfather said they stared at one another for a very long moment, until the man spoke.

He asked Grandfather who he was, and why was he following him. Grandfather explained his predicament, including the trauma from the battle, and how he followed a great and beautiful beast to this very cave. The man sighed and said that he supposed that after such a trying day Grandfather deserved a truthful explanation.

The man explained to my Grandfather that the blood of an ancient beast ran through his veins, causing him to turn into a were-wolf during the nighttime. The man said that he had been undergoing the transformation since he was a young boy, and he had developed the problem from his father, and his father's father before him. It was a family curse that was passed down through the oldest son through generations.

The man went on to explain that no one must ever know of his curse or he would be labeled a menace to society and would surely be executed for having the devil's blood inside of him. Grandfather promised the man his secrete was safe with him, and together the two men made their way through

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