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Month: September 2004

Caribbean Playground

We’re in the Caribbean today, listening to Marlene Dorcena, the Haitian-born singer, with a traditional folksong about a Panama hat that keeps falling off a man’s head. This delightful tune is on a new CD compilation from Putumayo Kids called Caribbean Playground.

Tolkien Week, Symphonically

By any chance does this sound a little “hobbity” to you? It’s from the final movement, called “Hobbits,” of Johan de Meij’s Symphony No. 1, which was inspired by J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and which premiered in 1988, some 30 years after the Ring books had been published.