From the Library… American Tales

This week in From the Library we are tak­ing our cue from the Land of Lin­coln for­mal ball at the week­end, with a pro­gramme of ‘Amer­i­can Tales’ — sto­ries from the Unit­ed States, past and present. Some of these songs date back to the ear­ly immi­grants, singing the songs of their home­lands that they brought with them, or mourn­ing their far lost shores. Oth­ers are much more recent, telling of today’s hap­pen­ings, while oth­ers still tell of his­tor­i­cal events.

Of course, many of the most mem­o­rable and mov­ing songs are writ­ten about or in times of trou­ble, and here you will hear songs of love and loss, the hard­ship of work­ing on the land, and songs writ­ten in times of war and dis­as­ter from the Civ­il War to 9/11. But of course there are hap­py times here too. As was once said of a famous news­pa­per, “All human life is there.”

In terms of styles, most of the music you will hear this week falls into the folk cat­e­go­ry, although we will touch on blue­grass and skirt the edges of coun­try music. The com­mon theme is sto­ry­telling, hence the title, and we hope you enjoy our Amer­i­can Tales.

From the Library is pro­duced by Radio Riel in con­junc­tion with the Cale­don Library in Sec­ond Life; this week’s pro­gramme fea­tures music from the library of Elrik Mer­lin.

For more infor­ma­tion on the Cale­don Library, cur­rent exhibits and the work of Sec­ond Life ref­er­ence libraries in gen­er­al, please vis­it the Cale­don Library Web site, or one of their loca­tions in-world. Lis­ten to the pro­gram now at, or sim­ply vis­it any Cale­don Library branch in-world and press Play on your embed­ded music play­er.

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