Category Archives: Marina

Songs of all kinds

Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ye

I’m cyber-busking from Dublin this month in honor of Saint Patrick’s Day. Once again, a said story from history is lamented in a folk song. In the early 1900’s, the British government hired Irish mercenaries to fight in the Kandyan … Continue reading

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Scarborough Fair: Herbs and History

In the sixties, folk duo Simon and Garfunkel brought their version of a  lovely medieval ballad, Scarborough Fair. It belongs to the folk genre of riddle songs, setting tasks which are impossible to accomplish or posing questions that cannot be … Continue reading

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Chairs to Mend

Antiquated Advertising: Street Cries Some old folk tunes originated from street cries, an early and direct form of advertising that was easier than buying a television, radio or newspaper ad. The seller just wheeled his wares around the street and … Continue reading

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swinging kids’ songs from Marina

MARINA: Junior Jazz: Swinging Kid Classics This CD is available from Bandcamp. You can hear one song in the lineup below. I’ve done children’s classics in jazz and swing style for the little ones, aged maybe four to eight. Or the … Continue reading

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folk, blues and gospel songs from Marina

MARINA: THESE ARE YOUR SONGS Some of these songs are hundreds of years old and some more recent, but all are in the public domain; they belong now to you, to me, to all of us. By the Light of … Continue reading

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baby lullabies from Marina

  MARINA: SING THEM TO SLEEP In August 2013, I was singing on Hamburg’s Rathaus Markt bridge and watching a father bounce his baby to my music. I so often see kids and babies responding to music. It’s a good … Continue reading

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jazz standard songs from Marina

  MARINA: HIGH STANDARDS I’m Beginning To See the Light ~written in 1944 by Duke Ellington, Don George, Johnny Hodges and Harry James. I often sang the whole thing in scat to practise. It’s harder than you’d think to sing … Continue reading

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Linda Ronstadt: Farewell to a Great Voice

Linda Ronstadt has stopped singing. A voice I have heard and loved for over thirty years has been stilled by Parkinson’s Disease. In television interviews she discusses it calmly, without drama or self-pity. I can’t write this post without tears. … Continue reading

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Skye Boat Song

Prince Charles Edward Stuart lost his final battle for the Scottish throne on the Moor of Culloden in 1746. More than a thousand of his loyal men lay dead on the field, while the prince fled for his life through … Continue reading

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Christmas songs from Marina

  MARINA: YE OLDE CHRISTMAS MUSICKE Deck the Halls began in Wales as a dancing song that dates back to at least the sixteenth century. Coventry Carol dating from the 16th century, author unknown. Refers to December 18, the feast … Continue reading

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