Alicia Bay Laurel | Living Through Young Eyes

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Living Through Young Eyes

by Alicia Bay Laurel

Eight solo guitar medleys of songs I loved and learned in my first 25 years: folk songs from the '50s, blues from the early '60s, hippie anthems and protest songs from the late '60s and early '70s, and vintage Hawaiian songs.
Genre: Folk: Fingerstyle
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1. Elementary School - US Geography: This Land is Your Land / You are my Sunshine / Oh! Susannah / Red River Valley / Camp Town Races / Polly Wolly Doodle / Down by the River Side
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2. Elementary School - Field Trips: Home on the Range / Down in the Valley / Streets of Laredo / On Top of Old Smokey / Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream / Cielito Lindo
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3. Elementary School - Social Studies: Roll the Union On / Battle Hymn of the Republic / I've Been Working on the Railroad
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4. Elementary School - Junior Chorus: Las Mananitas / Alla en el Rancho Grande / The Swanee River / Michael Row the Boat Ashore / Go Tell Aunt Rhody / America the Beautiful
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5. Wild Girl Blues: Mockingbird / High-Heeled Sneakers / Richland Woman Blues / I'm a Woman / Corrina, Corrina / Mother Earth / Lost Mind
11:50 $1.99
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6. When Our Hearts Opened Wide: Imagine / Give Peace a Chance / Get Together / Teach Your Children Well / Ripple in Still Water / Happiness Runs in a Circular Motion / May the Longtime Sun Shine Upon You
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7. Non-Violent Action: The Times They Are a Changin' / Masters of War / Only a Pawn in Their Game / Now That The Buffalo's Gone / Children of Darkness
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8. Hana, Maui in the Mid-1970s: Kaulana Na Pua / Maunaloa / Kaulana O Kawaihae / Ku’ulei Awapuhi / Kanaka Waiwai / Kalua / Hawaii Aloha
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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I arranged these open-tuned, finger-picked guitar solos from songs I heard as a child, in my ‘teens, and in my early 20s, as a sort of musical memoir.

Growing up in Los Angeles in the 1950s, I heard the social justice songs of leftie folksingers, plus Mexican songs, cowboy songs, Stephen Foster songs, early African-American spirituals, hoary American folk songs, and patriotic hymns, at elementary school and at home, including during five years of piano lessons.

As I passed into adolescence in the early 1960s, I discovered, on the radio, sounds that resonated with my changing body and mind – songs of Eros, rebellion, and heartbreak, all based on the bittersweet scale of the blues. I began playing guitar. My cousin Janet Lebow married open-tune guitar legend John Fahey, who taught me to finger-pick open tunings.

In 1966, at age 17, I moved to San Francisco. An astonishing phenomenon awaited me: masses of young bohemians opening their hearts, sharing whatever they had, welcoming whoever was in need, and eagerly seeking greater contact with the divine spirit. Famous songwriters produced philosophical anthems further inspiring, and documenting, this blossoming.

Many of us were moved to address the grave political issues of the day – civil rights, the war in Vietnam, Native American sovereignty - through direct nonviolent action, and the best songwriters of those times gave voice to these struggles.

In 1974, at age 24, I moved to Hana, Maui, a remote village rich in traditional Hawaiian culture, to learn Hawaiian style open-tuned guitar. Most people there sang, played guitar or ukulele, or danced hula, at the frequent family luaus and community gatherings. Certain beloved songs were sung often, most of them written by Hawaiians, but “Kalua,” from a corny B movie, was a favorite for hula performance. Every gathering ended with a swaying group hug while singing “Hawaii Aloha,” the unofficial state anthem.

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