Category: Audio

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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

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“Singin’ in the Rain”

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!

A. 0. Scott takes a look at the 1952 musical:

Singin’ in the rain !

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NPR Podcasts

From NPR:

Podcasts you may enjoy!

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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?

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A fiddler in Edinburgh

One afternoon last summer this fiddler was playing on the sidewalks of Edinburgh. I asked him if I could record him. He agreed. Here’s one minute 11 seconds of some fine fiddlin’. OK … I admit it … I need some practice filming with my iphone … and a better camera wouldn’t hurt! But the sound is there! Enjoy.

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Eleanor Bearsdley on NPR: Audio Report Impressionism in Normandy

From NPR (National Public Radio) by Eleanor Beardsley May 6, 2010

Normandy is considered the birthplace of the 19th century impressionist movement. And from now through the summer, French cities and towns across the region are celebrating the impressionists in a series of activities including art exhibits and concerts.

Read and Listen!

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Favoritz: Paris Radio FM and online : TSFJazz

In Paris, it’s 89.9 FM … and on the net …

click here for TSFJAZZ

When you’re online, you can hear the programs by clicking on “Ecouter TSFJAZZ” which is on the left side of the screen.

Afterwards, just choose your listening interface: Flash – QuickTime – Real – etc …

Enjoy. 24/24 7/7.

The podcasts are great, too.

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pronunciation : why? = y

Why ??? Why ??? = Why not? 

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Where do more people speak more languages than anywhere else ?

Where do more people speak more languages than anywhere else ?

New York City!

Here’s where English is the most common language but far from the only language … Enjoy this wonderful documentary about very alive and disappearing languages … all spoken in New York.

I’m sure that there must also be hundreds of languages spoken in Paris. Can anybody help with more information on this???

Thanks to the New York Times.  It speaks of the dangers of languages becoming extinct.  The other danger is for us  … realizing how little we know about our world.