Drifting Cowboy: Hank Williams (Step 2)
By Maria Sonora ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 3) But that pain and trouble flowed into his professional life. He needed medicine for back pain. He drank too much, and his marriage failed. He lost his work at the Grand Ole Opry for being drunk and failing to appear. And... Read more
The Rabbit Who Came to Supper
ReadOasis Step 5 (Part 2) Elmer Fudd “Uncle Louie? What have I done? $3 million, all shot to pieces. Don't die, little rabbit. Please don't die.” Elmer Fudd “♪ Rock-a-bye baby, on the tree top, ♪ When the wind blows, the cradle…” Bugs Bunny “Come on, fat stuff, swing... Read more
Drifting Cowboy: Hank Williams (Step 3)
By Maria Sonora ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 2) By MGM Records via Wikimedia Commons (Public Domain) Hank was coughing painfully as they took to the road. . . Time on the road like this was often hard, but for Hank Williams life was often hard. He was born into... Read more
Drifting Cowboy: Hank Williams (Step 3)
By Maria Sonora ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 3) By MGM Records via Wikimedia Commons (Public Domain) But that pain and trouble spilled over into his professional life. He needed pain killers for back pain. He drank too much, and his marriage failed. He lost his work at the Grand... Read more
C. S. Lewis: An Extraordinary Life (Step 3)
By David Bello ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 2) But Lewis was not always a religious man. From the age of thirteen till the age of thirty-one, Lewis supported atheism (the idea that God does not exist). However, Lewis began to change his mind because of the books he read... Read more
Stairway to Heaven
By Douglas Forster ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 2) Musically, the song “speeds up like an adrenaline flow,” said Page. “I really wanted to write something that did speed up, and took the adrenaline with it, and would reach a sort of crescendo. That’s why it was a bit tricky... Read more
Stairway to Heaven
By Douglas Forster ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 3) Perhaps they played the song too many times. Perhaps FM radio stations across America played the song too much. For whatever reason, by the end of their final concert tour of the U.S. in 1977, Robert Plant had had enough of... Read more
The Heaviest Band: Led Zeppelin
By Douglas Forster ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 2) You see, we were planning to continue to call ourselves The New Yardbirds. But we received a legal order from Chris Dreja, who used to play bass for The Yardbirds. He said that we could not use the name “The Yardbirds”... Read more
The Heaviest Band: Led Zeppelin
By Douglas Forster ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 3) Between 1971 and 1975, Led Zeppelin became “The Biggest Band in the World.” At least that was the opinion of the media. Our fourth album was released in 1971. We never named it, but most people call it  Led Zeppelin IV.... Read more
The Heaviest Band: Led Zeppelin
By Douglas Forster ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 4) By now we were all exhausted, so we decided to take a long holiday. We would tour again in the U.S. in the autumn. Unfortunately, in August 1975, tragedy struck. Robert and his lovely wife Maureen got in a serious car... Read more
The Heaviest Band: Led Zeppelin
By Douglas Forster ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 5) Our drummer, John Henry Bonham, played as hard in life as he played the drums. His idea of weekend fun was to go to the drag races. Not to watch, but to drive his dragster. He also liked to drink and... Read more
Charles Dickens: Never Out of Print
ReadOasis Step 1 Do you know Charles Dickens? He was the most popular English writer in Victorian times. Even today, he is well liked. Dickens gave us many unforgettable stories. He wrote Oliver Twist, A Tale of Two Cities, and A Christmas Carol. These stories have been made into... Read more
Word Painter: Ernest Hemingway
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 2) The war ended soon after he healed. And Hemingway returned to the United States. Less than a year had passed since he went to Europe. But in that short time he had changed forever. He needed to write about what he had seen. Hemingway... Read more
Word Painter: Ernest Hemingway
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 3) As a reporter, Hemingway traveled all over Europe. He wrote about politics. He wrote about peace conferences and border disputes. And he wrote about sports such as skiing and fishing. Later he wrote about bullfighting in Spain. The Toronto Star was pleased with his... Read more
Word Painter: Ernest Hemingway
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 4) Many people, however, could not recognize Hemingway's art. They did not like what he wrote about. Hemingway's sentences were short, the way he had been taught to write at the Kansas City Star. He wrote about what he knew and felt. He used few... Read more
W.C. Handy: Father of the Blues (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 2) The First Blues Music Ever Published: The Memphis Blues It is significant that the Father of the Blues came from a religious home. This highlights a meaningful musical and cultural fact. Blues and gospel music share roots and similarities. They share musical qualities, such... Read more