Stagolee: A Digital Compendium – “They give him the road…” The 1920’s

This is Chapter 4 of Stagolee: A Digital Compendium.   See also Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3, and Chapter 5 Introduction Our online compendium celebrating the great American folk song and tale “Stagolee” has grown now and, though I’m not tired of the music, I’m ready to move on to … → read more

May they all be well

Dave Van Ronk, Joan Baez, Leonard Cohen, Judy Collins, and Chad Mitchell(this photo looks a little off to me, I can’t vouch for its authenticity) As I mentioned in the first post this week, my friend, Cayce, put me up to discussing “Silver Dagger.” Or perhaps more accurately, she helped … → read more

Katy Dear

Ian & Sylvia Tyson In this week’s second post, we’re going to give a relatively quick listen to “Katy Dear.” It’s in the same song family as “Silver Dagger,” although with a different focus and a more gruesome end. The key differences between the two are that “Katy Dear” is … → read more

Silver Dagger

Morning Sun by Edward Hopper (1952) When I meet new people, it’s just a matter of time–sometimes more, sometimes less–before I mention this murder ballad hobby of mine. I recently started a new job. (You may have inferred as much from the pronounced lack of advertising and pop-ups, but, no, Murder … → read more

NZ Parliament & Spectators sing for same-sex marriage legalization

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DW4DXOAXF8U] Moments after New Zealand’s parliament announced the passing of legislation legalizing gay marriage, the gallery erupted into a hauntingly beautiful rendition of a traditional love song, “Pokarekare Ana,” in it’s indigenous Maori language. This was met with resounding applause by many of the members of parliament who had just … → read more