From the Library… American Tales

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by Elrik Merlin on Tuesday, 19 February, 2008

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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