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Smithsonian Folkways Magazine – Pete Seeger

Videocast: Pete Seeger talks about folk music.

The Smithsonian Folkways Collection

Real voices of real people with real emotion. Much of the collection is freely available and downloadable on iTunesU. As Pete Seeger said … “If you’re ever feeling a little down … listen to what these people have to say!” Music from the heart and soul. And what music! Enjoy.

The Smithsonian Folkways Collection

Absolutely not!

What comes after first ? ….

Just click … listen once, listen twice … and write it !

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“Wait a second!”

a second is just one of 60 in a minute …

If you’re not quite ready … this is what to say:

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“Singin’ in the Rain”

Remember Gene Kelly? If you need to get out of a rainy mood, or if you just happen to like movies, take a 4 minute refresher by watching this!


Singin’ in the rain !

NPR Podcasts

From NPR:

Podcasts you may enjoy!

Too Darn Hot

You know how it is … it’s been hot … the temperatures shot up into the 90s and when it gets SO hot, well, it’s TOO hot to do ANYTHING!

Cole Porter wrote the lyrics to the Broadway musical “Kiss Me Kate!” One of the songs was called “Too Darn Hot.” Here’s Ella Fitzgerald singing it:

And here are the lyrics:

It’s too darn hot!
It’s too darn hot!
I’d like to sup with my baby tonight,
Refill the cup with my baby tonight.
I’d like to sup with my baby tonight,
Refill the cup with my baby tonight,
But I ain’t up to my baby tonight
‘Cause it’s too darn hot

It’s too darn hot!
It’s too darn hot!
I’d like to coo with my baby tonight,
And pitch the woo with my baby tonight.
I’d like to coo with my baby tonight,
And pitch the woo with my baby tonight.
But brother you fight my baby tonight
‘Cause it’s too darn hot

According to the Kinsey Report
Ev’ry average man you know
Much prefers his love-y dove-y to court
When the temperature is low,
But when the thermometer goes ‘way up
And the weather is sizzling hot,
Mister pants for romance is not

‘Cause it’s too, too,
Too darn hot!
It’s too darn hot!
It’s too, too darn hot!
I’d like to coo with my baby tonight
And pitch the woo with my baby tonight
I’d like to coo with my baby tonight,
Pitch the woo with my baby tonight
But brother, you fight my baby tonight
‘Cause it’s too darn hot!

According to the Kinsey Report
Ev’ry average man you know
Much prefers his lovey dovey to court
When the temperature is low
But when the thermometer goes ‘way up
And the weather is sizzling hot,
Mr. Gob for his squab,
A marine for his queen,
A G.I. for his cutie-pie is not

‘Cause it’s too, too,
Too darn hot!
It’s too darn hot!
It’s too darn hot
It’s too darn hot
It’s too darn hot
It’s too darn hot!

PS. After this song was written … someone came up with an idea for air air-conditioning.

“Say”

One verb we “do” every day. Probably because we do these things a lot !! One verb describing one of our favorite activities. I’ll just leave it to each reader’s imagination for the others.

“What can I say?”

Que veux-tu que je te dise ?

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“Do you know what I’m saying?”

Tu me comprends?

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“What would you say if . . .?”

Que diriez-vous si…       Que dirais-tu si …

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“I can’t say for sure.”

Je ne peux rien affirmer. Je ne peux pas te le confirmer (avec certitude).

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“Say when.”

“Arretez-moi.”

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And now, thanks to Evoca, you can practice your pronunciation of these expressions! You can record your voice, listen and compare! Enjoy it!! If you’d like to join an online pronunciation class … or just send me your recording, type in your name and email and a message. Then click send!

You’re the Top

by Cole Porter – for “Anything Goes” (1934) and here’s the story, with audio recordings, from NPR.

as well as a link to the lyrics!

Enjoy it.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

In The Wizard of Oz … Dorothy dreams … and sings … Somewhere Over The Rainbow. All-Time Masterpiece. performed by Judy Garland.

Somewhere over the rainbow
Way up high,
There’s a land that I heard of
Once in a lullaby.

Somewhere over the rainbow
Skies are blue,
And the dreams that you dare to dream
Really do come true.

Someday I’ll wish upon a star
And wake up where the clouds are far
Behind me.
Where troubles melt like lemon drops
Away above the chimney tops
That’s where you’ll find me.

Somewhere over the rainbow
Bluebirds fly.
Birds fly over the rainbow.
Why then, oh why can’t I?

If happy little bluebirds fly
Beyond the rainbow
Why, oh why can’t I?