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Quiz about The Funky Greg Brown
Quiz about The Funky Greg Brown

The Funky Greg Brown Trivia Quiz


Greg Brown, an award-winning funky, sassy, folk, roots, and bluegrass guy. If you don't know his music, look for the hints.

A multiple-choice quiz by Godwit. Estimated time: 3 mins.
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Author
Godwit
Time
3 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
366,633
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
8 / 10
Plays
331
Awards
Top 35% Quiz
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Question 1 of 10
1. Early in his career Greg Brown left the big cities to return to his native Midwest. This led to frequent appearances on what national radio show, hosted by Garrison Keillor?

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Question 2 of 10
2. In Greg Brown's "Our Little Town" he sings about folks who've "seen hard times many times before", but now their lifestyle is dying. Which hardy group, known to endure storms, locusts and drought, could not outlast the changing economy?

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Question 3 of 10
3. There's something Greg Brown sings about that he just doesn't want. It often arrives with a round, yellow, happy face, via a cheery clerk. Name what Greg would rather not have.

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Question 4 of 10
4. In rugged and sorrowful tones, Greg Brown sings William Blake's poems. Name the title of this song: "I was angry with my foe: I told it not, my wrath did grow, And I watered it in fears...". What does he nurture and water?

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Question 5 of 10
5. Complete the William Blake poem, "A Poison Tree" as sung by Greg Brown: "I was angry with my friend: I told my wrath, my wrath did ____." Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. Pick the missing word of this heartbreak song by Greg Brown: "Yes or no, yes or no, what's it gonna be? I can't live on ______ and maybe...". Hint: He might be singing at night. Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. "Freak Flag" was Greg Brown's 27th album, and includes songs by his wife and daughter. Like many folk and blues singers, Brown plays much of his live music at which kind of location, to be sure it's "good to the last drop"? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. Anais Mitchell captured the 2010 folk opera "Hadestown" on an acclaimed album of the same name, in which vocalist Greg Brown played Hades. Thinking of ancient enemies and fear, what's the missing word in their opera song, "Why We Build the ____"? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. Greg Brown sings, "People are in the _____ that don't know what to do". Can you shine a light on the missing word?

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Question 10 of 10
10. Unexpectedly light and catchy, a sassy Greg Brown sings that he may cry, he's tired, and he needs help. That's because he's having what kind of day? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Early in his career Greg Brown left the big cities to return to his native Midwest. This led to frequent appearances on what national radio show, hosted by Garrison Keillor?

Answer: A Prairie Home Companion

Greg Brown (born 1949) grew up with solidly American roots out of the South and Midwest, with family in preaching, mining, teaching and music. Greg learned the banjo at age 12 from his grandmother, and at 18 took a job in New York city, then on to LA to make his own name.

He was a songwriter for Buck Ram, the former lead singer of the Platters. But Brown rejected the "biz of show biz" and returned to the Midwest. He was hired on at Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion", a live music, variety and comedy radio show.

There Brown's quirky, irreverent, and sometimes biting songs about human nature and everyday life found a broad audience. Brown was a regular on the show 1983 to 1987.
2. In Greg Brown's "Our Little Town" he sings about folks who've "seen hard times many times before", but now their lifestyle is dying. Which hardy group, known to endure storms, locusts and drought, could not outlast the changing economy?

Answer: Farmers

"Our Little Town" is an Americana lament for local farms and the tiny towns that grew up within them. The song is found on Greg Brown's, "One More Goodnight Kiss" (1988).

"And I don't have to read the news, or hear it on the radio. I see it in the faces of everyone I know. The cost goes up, what we made comes down. What's gonna happen to our little town?..." A more hopeful and whimsical song about farming is Brown's "Summer Evening": "I get the feeling things may be all right, on a summer evening, before the dark of night..."
3. There's something Greg Brown sings about that he just doesn't want. It often arrives with a round, yellow, happy face, via a cheery clerk. Name what Greg would rather not have.

Answer: A nice day

"I Don't Want to Have a Nice Day" by baritone Greg Brown appears on his chatty, "The Live One", recorded live in Traverse City, Michigan in 1994.

"I been up, honey, all night long, It felt right, now it feel wrong. I just wanna feed my misery 'The Boston Globe', and some black coffee. I don't wanna have a nice day, And I wish you wouldn't say, That to me..."
4. In rugged and sorrowful tones, Greg Brown sings William Blake's poems. Name the title of this song: "I was angry with my foe: I told it not, my wrath did grow, And I watered it in fears...". What does he nurture and water?

Answer: A Poison Tree

William Blake's "A Poison Tree" is from the collection "Songs of Experience", about the dark side of human nature. Greg Brown sings "A Poison Tree" on his "Songs of Innocence and of Experience", produced by Red House Records (1986 and 1992). Brown's deep tones are accompanied on this sometimes despairing, sometimes uplifting album by bass, violin, mandolin, accordion, harmonica, and pan pipes.

In "A Poison Tree" a person harbors deep resentment and fury, growing this hatred into a tree, which bears a poison apple his enemy covets, steals and eats.

The tree grower is glad the apple kills his enemy.
5. Complete the William Blake poem, "A Poison Tree" as sung by Greg Brown: "I was angry with my friend: I told my wrath, my wrath did ____."

Answer: End

Greg Brown sings the 1789 William Blake poem, "A Poison Tree". Though many have argued the meaning of the poem, Brown's song seems simply to say that shared anger ends. When fury is harbored and fed, it grows into a tree of poison, as the chilling words suggest: "...I told it not, my wrath did grow. And I watered it in fears, Night and morning with my tears, And I sunned it with smiles, And with soft deceitful wiles...". Brown's album, "Songs of Innocence and of Experience" (1986 and 1992) features other Blake poems about the ugly and the beautiful sides of human nature.

This is a rare album in that Brown sings words he did not write.
6. Pick the missing word of this heartbreak song by Greg Brown: "Yes or no, yes or no, what's it gonna be? I can't live on ______ and maybe...". Hint: He might be singing at night.

Answer: Dreams

"Waiting on You" from the album "Covenant" (2000) is a simple tune about an unkind woman who is never home, and a man who waits for her, though he can't live on "dreams". He tells himself one day he's going to walk out, "Without a why, without a cry, without a kiss", though the threat sounds empty. "Covenant" was named in the "Top 10 of 2000" by "Pop/Matters", an international online pop culture magazine. Curiously, some songs on this album were panned as "mediocre" folk.
7. "Freak Flag" was Greg Brown's 27th album, and includes songs by his wife and daughter. Like many folk and blues singers, Brown plays much of his live music at which kind of location, to be sure it's "good to the last drop"?

Answer: Coffee houses

Greg Brown frequents the intimate coffee houses of Midwestern towns, favoring Iowa City, Iowa, and Minneapolis, though he has filled a concert hall many times. Brown's, "Freak Flag" (2011) was made in Memphis, Tennessee, with bare bones instruments. Music critic Mark Saleski of "No Depression, the Roots Music Authority" wrote of "Freak Flag": "The shelter as metaphor for perseverance through life's trials is an emotional high point" of this album. Actor Jeff Bridges named Greg Brown in his "top five favorite musicians", and sang Brown's "Brand New Angel" in the film "Crazy Heart".
8. Anais Mitchell captured the 2010 folk opera "Hadestown" on an acclaimed album of the same name, in which vocalist Greg Brown played Hades. Thinking of ancient enemies and fear, what's the missing word in their opera song, "Why We Build the ____"?

Answer: Wall

"Why We Build the Wall" is copyright protected, so I can't share its words with you. It's a powerful, distressing piece in which children repeat their lessons on building walls, because of fear and greed. The song was recorded on the highly acclaimed 2010 folk opera album "Hadestown", by Anais Mitchell. Greg Brown played Hades, a role well-suited to a baritone voice.

Greg Brown was nominated for a Folk Alliance Award in 1997. His album "The Poet Game" (1994), and "One Big Town" (1989) both won an Indie award. "Friend of Mine" (1993) and "Slant 6 Mind" (1997) each earned a Grammy nomination. "The Iowa Waltz-30th Anniversary Edition" (2013) celebrates thirty years of music.
9. Greg Brown sings, "People are in the _____ that don't know what to do". Can you shine a light on the missing word?

Answer: Dark

"In The Dark With You" (1985) by Greg Brown is a soulful love song purred out in Brown's craggy style: "Every day every night all over my whole life through, I just want to be in the dark with you...". He's "reaching out", he says, whereas a lot of people in the dark "don't know what to do". Brown is accompanied by Prudence Johnson singing background, and musicians on bass, mandolin, violin, conga, button accordion and pan pipes. Pan pipes are an ancient instrument loosely akin to the flute, and possibly the oldest wind instrument in the world.
10. Unexpectedly light and catchy, a sassy Greg Brown sings that he may cry, he's tired, and he needs help. That's because he's having what kind of day?

Answer: Funky

"Help Me Make It Through This Funky Day" appears on "In the Dark With You" (1985) which offers other wryly humorous songs, including "Who Woulda Thunk It", "All the Money's Gone" and "Who Do You Think You're Fooling".

"I don't want to go out, because I'm tired of the door, I'm tired of everybody actin like it's weirded out 1954...hold on to my shoulders, baby, I'm sinkin so low...oh will ya baby will ya help me...ya gotta help me...make it through this funky day..."
Source: Author Godwit

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