Category Archives: Posts with Audio

These posts contain links you can click on to play a recording that is (somehow) connected to the topic of the post.

A Song For Now, Verse 3 – “Hard Times Come Again No More”

“Hard Times Come Again No More” was written by Stephen Foster. Firth, Pond & Co., Foster’s publishing company at that time, registered the title page for copyright on December 16, 1854. They deposited the music for the complete song on … Continue reading

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“February 8th”

To my dear daughter, Over the past ten years – along with cards and presents, video chats and phone calls – your birthday has been celebrated and commemorated twice here on sixstr stories. Each time included a song: “Birthday” by … Continue reading

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The Ballad of “Wayfaring Stranger”

Ballad: “A poem or song narrating a story in short stanzas, or verses.” Verse 1 I’m just a poor wayfaring stranger, a traveling through this world of woe But there’s no sickness toil or danger in that bright land to … Continue reading

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“Are You Awake?”

First things first: Happy New Year!!! Every December since 2011 I’ve put together a personal “Best of…” playlist that I call Discoveries & Resurrections. The list draws from all of the music I’ve read about, written about, discovered, listened to, heard … Continue reading

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‘Tis The Season…

…to reflect and share. One day a couple of months ago, quite out of the blue, I started singing part of an old song of mine called “Pavement Ends.” I located the complete lyrics of the song, undated, on page … Continue reading

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The Ballad of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”

Verse 1 The melody came first. Published in Paris, in 1761. It was titled “Ah! Vous Dirai-Je, Maman.” (“Oh! Shall I Tell You, Mummy”) from a collection called Les Amusements dune Heure et Demy.  Verse 2 Then the words. From a … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: Tommy Gallant (Take 2)

I’ve been getting together with some old friends and colleagues lately; catching up, reminiscing. Got me thinking about… “Bonjour,” he’d say, with a little chuckle and a smile. Tommy Gallant always brought a smile. “Bonjour,” as I remember it, was the punch … Continue reading

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No. 9

Another birthday, another telling of the tale… sixstr stories was born on Sunday, April 18, 2010 in Somerville, Massachusetts. I was visiting my daughter and casually mentioned to her that I was thinking of starting a blog. (At the time, … Continue reading

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Something New

Jim Adams hosts a weekly song lyric challenge on his blog, A Unique Title For Me. It’s called “Song Lyric Sunday” and the prompt for today is: Harmony/Melody/Music. I’ve never responded to Jim’s challenge before but that prompt… well, it … Continue reading

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Walkin’ Blues

It was a Saturday morning in the middle of January. I was out for a long walk with my favorite accompaniment: my iPod classic, set to “Shuffle Songs,” playing through my Sony headphones. I’d been serenaded by Billie Holiday, The … Continue reading

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