Maine, Keith Jordan, Julia Lane discussed on All Things Considered


Health news With cases and hospital admissions falling The White House's cautiously optimistic about where the pandemic is headed But in public health and politics the biggest challenge might be communicating that new normal That's tomorrow on morning edition You're listening to all things considered from NPR news For the past decade a folk duo from Maine has been on a mission to find the long lost melodies of traditional songs that date back as far as the 17th century Keith Jordan of Maine public radio spoke with a couple at their home in Maine's mid coast where they performed their own versions of some of the scratchy archived recordings they've uncovered in their research Julia lane says since the age of ten she's been on a quest to find the melodies to go with the well published written lyrics about love longing and the lure of the sea Very frustrating you know finding a great set of lyrics but no tunes So throughout my life I've been looking for books that would include the melodies Lane grew up and formed the folk group castle bay with her husband Fred gasby About 20 years ago they started pouring over archives of audio field recordings made by curious folk music collectors in the 1930s and 40s That's where she found this 1941 recording of Oliver Jones of York village Maine singing a tune called the dreadnought Runaway in Down the road where there's no lane and Cosby used the recording to arrange their own version of the song There were just Used to the treadmill or bound away as it's also called is one of a 163 melodies that the couple has just published in bygone ballads of Maine Lane says it's the book for which she had always searched but never found The one that has all the tunes that has all the background for all the geeks that are interested in where the song came from what it's really about what are the code words in there What do they mean All of these things I've always wondered about One of the code words that appears frequently is referring to the Atari sailor If he's Atari sailor chances are he's British because the British sailors wore their hair long in a queue or braid and kept it neat with tar because the ships they used a lot of pine tyre to preserve the wood and they were just put it in their hair to keep it out of their eyes and to keep down the lights.

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