Girls of Togo on WINGS

some of my students performing traditional dance in Kante, Togo

Girls of Togo,” adapted from my 2010 radio series Radio Réussite (produced in French in Togo), airs on the Women’s International News Gathering Service (WINGS) this week. It features my song “La Belle Vie.” Preparing this segment allowed me to revisit the voices of old friends, as well as refresh my memory and awareness of another way of life.

Esta Tarde Vi Llover

I decided to learn a popular Mexican song during my stay in Guanajuato, Mexico. The wistful “Esta Tarde Vi Llover” was written by Armando Manzanero in 1967 and has been covered by Tony Bennett and Bill Evans (as “Yesterday I Heard the Rain”), among others. I’m including my translation below.

This afternoon I saw the rain
Saw people running
And you weren’t there


Documentary on Cherokee Foodways

“Hominy, Frybread, Ramps, and a Casino: Evolving Cherokee Foodways” investigates the recent history of Cherokee foodways and examines lifestyle changes brought to the Eastern Band by the construction of Harrah’s Cherokee Casino.

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino next to KFC billboard

Pachelbel’s Canon

Just released a new single, an arrangement of Pachelbel’s Canon born of much improvisation. Find the digital download on CDBaby here; it should be on iTunes and other online music sources soon. Nature video footage in the video below shot in November at Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, NC.