Category Archives: music

Origin of a Sea Shantie: “What Shall We Do with the Drunken Sailor?”

“What Shall We Do with the Drunken Sailor?” was a work song, mainly sung on ships with a large number of crewmen. According to Song Facts, it is one of the oldest Anglo-Saxon sea shanties, one sung by the Indiamen … Continue reading

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18th Century Folk Tune: “English Country Garden”

English Country Garden is well known in the United Kingdom, English Country Gardens was originally a Morris tune (that is a tune usually played on the accordion or violin to accompany traditional English Morris dancing).  The tune was collected by … Continue reading

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17th Century Ballad, ‘The Oak and the Ash’ or ‘The North Country Maid’

 This familiar song can be found in a black-letter copy also in the Roxburgh Collection. Isla Cameron and Louis Killen sang The Oak and the Ash in 1961 on their Prestige album The Waters of Tyne. It has a familiar … Continue reading

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On Ilkla Moor Baht ‘at, Yorkshire Unofficial Anthem

The traditional English folk song, ‘On Ilkla Moor Baht ‘at,’comes from the County of Yorkshire, and it is written in Yorkshire dialect. In The Yorkshire Dictionary (Arnold Kellett, 2002) says the dialect used in the song is representative of the area … Continue reading

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My Happy Dance…the Musical? Musing on Pride and Prejudice as a Broadway Show

I have been fortunate over the last couple of years to have several of my titles recognized with awards from various RWA groups.  My latest cozy mystery, The Prosecution of Mr. Darcy’s Cousin, has recently been named as a 2016 … Continue reading

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Doo Wop Quiz – Are You Old Enough to Pass This One?

Doo Wop Quiz – Are You Old Enough to Pass This One? My special friend, George Arnold, sent me this in an email. I know not its source, but for me, it was a fabulous trip down memory lane. George earned … Continue reading

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Do You Remember? The Day the Music Died…the Death of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper

I have started a new series on this blog, one designed to have a look back at events that marked our world in popular culture and in literature. Today, I begin with the “Day the Music Died.” Do you recall … Continue reading

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