Blues is a music genre that originated in the African-American community in the United States. The genre has its roots in African musical traditions, and it is often characterized by soulful, emotive singing and call-and-response patterns. Blues music has been a major influence on many other genres of music, including rock and roll, jazz, and country.
The Treasure of Lemon Brown is a short story by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Walter Dean Myers. The story is about a young man named Greg Saunders who is trying to find his place in the world. He turns to a local treasure, Lemon Brown, for guidance. Lemon Brown is an old blues musician who has seen the best and worst of life. He helps Greg to see that there is more to life than just material possessions.
This story highlights the importance of Blues music in American culture. The Blues has the ability to connect people from all walks of life and help them to find common ground. This story also shows the power of Blues music to transform lives. Lemon Brown is able to help Greg Saunders see the beauty in life, and in himself.
In Walter Dean Myer’s novel The Treasure of Lemon Brown, a teenager named Greg discovers Lemon Brown and teaches him an important lesson in life. The theme of this story is “Everyman has a treasure” (Pg. 475). When Greg finds out about Lemon Brown’s treasure, he immediately thinks of something valuable in money rather than something meaningful. However, Lemon Brown explains to him that everyone has a secret stash somewhere inside them.
“You got to have somethin’ in life that’s worth more to you than anythin’ else. Somethin’ you can’t run away from. That’s your treasure…And when you find it, Greg, nothin’ else matter” (Pg. 479). When Greg heard this he realized that music is his treasure because no matter how hard things get music will always be there for him. This story also has a moral to it which is “Good will always triumph over evil.” In the story Greg meets a burglar who tries to rob his house, but Lemon Brown scares him off with a knife. The burglar runs away and is never seen again proving that good does triumph over evil.
Walter Dean Myers’ story “The Treasure of Lemon Brown” is about a teenager named Greg who learns a lesson about what is truly valuable in life from Lemon Brown. The theme of the story is “Everyman has a treasure” (Pg. 475). When Greg finds out about Lemon Brown’s treasure, he automatically thinks of something with monetary value. But Lemon Brown teaches him that everyone has something valuable to them, and it doesn’t have to be money.
“You’ve got to have something in life that’s worth more to you than anything else. Something you can’t run away from. That’s your treasure…And when you find it, Greg, nothing else matters” (Pg. 479). Greg realized that music is his treasure because no matter how hard things get, music will always be there for him.
This story also has a moral, which is “Good will always triumph over evil.” In the story, Greg meets a burglar who tries to rob his house, but Lemon Brown scares him off with a knife. The burglar runs away and is never seen again, proving that good does triumph over evil.
The tale begins with Greg leaving home after an altercation with his father regarding his grades. Greg was running away from his problems. When it began to rain, Greg strolled about and entered an ancient abandoned testament. Lemon Brown, a homeless, retired old blues singer named Rickie Lee Jones meets him. Lemon Brown lives in the testament. Rickie Lee Jones
Lemon Brown woke Greg up and tells him that he will kill Greg if he touches his treasure.Greg is shocked by what Lemon Brown said and asks what his treasure is. Lemon brown then tells Greg about how music is his treasure. He says that music has the power to make people happy or sad. It can make people feel like they are flying or falling. Music is the most powerful thing in the world.
Lemon Brown then tells Greg about how he was once a famous blues singer. He played in all the best clubs and had fans all over the world. But then one day, he just stopped playing. He didn’t play for 10 years. His wife left him, his kids stopped talking to him, and he lost everything he had. He became homeless and ended up living in the abandoned testament.
One day, a woman came into the testament and asked Lemon Brown to play for her. He was so rusty that he couldn’t even remember how to play his own songs. The woman left, but Lemon Brown realized that he wanted to play again. He started practicing and playing every day. And eventually, he became good enough to start performing again.
Lemon Brown then tells Greg that music is the most important thing in the world because it has the power to make people feel alive.
Greg goes home and tells his father about what Lemon Brown said. His father listens and they end up bonding over their shared love of music. In the end, Greg learns that music is the treasure of Lemon Brown.
Don’t mess with Lemon Brown, who is armed to the teeth and has a British accent that makes him sound like Simon Pegg in Shaun of the Dead. (Pg. 477) Lemon Brown is very protective of something that has no monetary value, which he genuinely cares about. Brown then understands Greg isn’t attempting to steal anything. (Pg. 478) “Are you one of them awful lads looking for my treasure?” Lemon Brown asks suspiciously. “Do you know what I’m talking about?” says Don’t try nothin’ cause I got a razor here sharp enough to cut a week into nine days! .(Pg. 487)
Lemon Brown wants to share his story of the good and evil within him with Greg. Years ago, when Lemon was much younger he wanted to be a Blues singer. One night while playing at a club he met a woman who told him that he needed to play from his heart and soul if he ever wanted to be a great Blues singer. After that advice, Lemon became one of the most successful Blues singers around. However, one day he ran into the same woman who had given him the advice and she asked him for money. When Lemon refused, she put a hex on him and his career went downhill from there. He never regained the fame or fortune he once had.
Lemon Brown shares his story with Greg in order to teach him a lesson about good and evil. He wants Greg to know that even though he may be faced with difficult choices in life, he should always try to do what is right. Even though Lemon Brown himself has not always made the best choices, he has still managed to find happiness in his life. He hopes that Greg will be able to do the same.