Friday, May 31, 2013

Down on the Farm Videos

I'm posting videos of the Pearl Strings' performance of their program, titled, Down on the Farm. There are only two songs really about farms, but we tried to find ways to tie the other songs in as well! Most of the videos are from the May 30th performance at Fairhaven, but two of them are at the Carroll County Senior Center, from May 23rd. Here they are in the order we sang them!

The Girl I Left Behind combined with the Yellow Rose of Texas was one of only two instrumental numbers.

Down on the Farm is also titled, I Want to Go to Michigan, but it reminds us just as much of a farm in Maryland!

Jamaica Farewell was one of the songs Helen's father used to sing at the top of his lungs from his seat on the tractor as he mowed the grass on his farm.

The Raggle Taggle Gypsy is the sad story of the lady of the manor leaving her two fine babes to run off with the Gypsy boy. Perhaps he had a nice voice!

Shoo Fly Pie makes is one of our favorites. You can imagine sitting on the front porch, sharing a piece of pie with your neighbors!

Jen points out it rains on the farm, as well as in our real lives. We should be ready for any adversity, so here we sing, Bring on the Rain!

We sang Eleanor Rigby because we like it and it was lots of fun to try something new. It was a little more difficult than we imagined...

By the Light of the Silvery Moon was the perfect song to sing along with us! Everyone knows this song!

Helen and I played Ashokan Farewell while Barb read the Sullivan letter, which makes the melody even more poignant. Barb was able to keep from crying by imagining the audience in the boxer shorts...or something like that!

We did When You're Next to Me last year, but we loved it so much we had to do it again!

What would a farm be without Country Roads? And what would a folk band be without John Denver? 

Back to the farm again, we sing How Ya Gonna Keep 'Em Down on the Farm?

We ended the program with one of our favorite hymns, God Be With You Till We Meet Again!

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