(My Heart's Desire Comes to My Lips as a Prayer)
(There Was a Thirsty Crow)
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We’d like to thank Jane Wilcox Hively for sharing two lullabies with us with her recordings. One is a version of Dance to Your Daddy from England. The other is an Irish lullaby called The Gartan Mother’s Lullaby. (Click links for songs.) Jane sings a lot of lullabies and plays harp. You [...]
I’m always trying to improve my French. One way is by watching French movies, ideally with French subtitles to help comprehension. Then you’re not always translating in your head by reading subtitles in your own language. Yesterday I discovered that Netflix added subtitles in different [...]
There’s an interesting site called History and Geography of Europe and the World. It shows maps of different geographical locations at different points in time. For example, you can see what Europe was like in 300AD. Of course it was mostly controlled by the Roman Empire. But then you can [...]
I was recently corresponding with my friend Ray Lee who came to the U.S. from Hong Kong back in the 1980’s. We were discussing how sometimes immigrants preserve songs that have been forgotten in their homeland. I’ve noticed this several times in my work with songs from around the globe. [...]
I love the rhythm and language of the poem "A Negro Love Song" by Paul Dunbar. It seems fitting to share given that Valentine’s Day is coming soon and it’s Black History Month. Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872 – 1906) was born in Ohio. He wrote poems, plays and novels in both [...]
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