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Sing To Me The Dream

by Holly Near

This is a reissue of Holly's 1984 live concert recording with the famed Chilean group, Inti Illimani. Remastered with additional material and tracks, this historic recording is still relevant over 20 years on.
Genre: Folk: Political Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Tinku
3:35 album only
2. Gypsy
3:08 album only
3. Te Doy Una Cancion
3:04 album only
4. Sing To Me The Dream
3:00 album only
5. Colibri
4:31 album only
6. El Arado
3:47 album only
7. Watch Out
3:30 album only
8. La Pajita
2:15 album only
9. La Marusa
5:34 album only
10. We're Not Alone
4:29 album only
11. She
3:29 album only
9:33 album only
13. Samba Lando
4:48 album only
14. Gracias a La Vida
4:40 album only
15. Hay Una Mujer Desaparecida
7:08 album only
16. They Dance Alone
5:54 album only
17. Todavia Cantamos
3:04 album only


Album Notes
A reissue of Holly's 1984 live concert recording with the famed Chilean group, Inti Illimani. Remastered with additional material and tracks, this historic recording is still relevant over 20 years on.

The recording of the concert with Inti Illimani and myself was made in 1984, at a time when we had neither the capacity nor the desire to tweak our music to auditory perfection—good, bad, flat, and sharp notes all made their way on to the recordings. Other artists were able to afford the time and money to make fixes but we had to live with the notes we sang. Listening back today, I am quite impressed by how well we did! I encourage the next generation to hold on to craft and not to lean too heavily on the machines of perfection. Find your own notes and sing them as they are meant to be sung.

Of the two live concerts on this reissue that Inti Illimani and I did together, one was in a large concert hall and the second in a small and intimate music club. The audiences at both were terrific, inspiring us to rise to our best. We had only one day of rehearsal and it is a testimony to the musicianship of Inti Illimani that we so quickly got to the essence of these songs.

As for me, I must have been fearless or in a heightened state of denial. I had invited this ensemble to tour with me in the U.S. fully aware that the tour would make no money. Not only that, I had agreed to sing without my trusty pianist and to sing several songs in Spanish!! What was I thinking? I didn't even speak Spanish!

But now, over 20 years later, as I listen, I hear the spirit and energy of the collaboration and my ear forgives all the little shaky places, the mispronounced words. I get to the meaning, the essence of the tour, which was meant to gather the progressive forces in my country and feed the solidarity movement so it might continue the work of cutting off funds to Pinochet and other dictators in Latin America. The work was to make very public the violence and torture, to bring world attention to “the disappeared.” This same work goes on today; one example is in Columbus, Georgia where activists gather every year to protest at the School of the Americas—the site where our government trains the future dictators and torturers of our world.



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Diana Wills

This was my favorite LP for decades, and I was so happy to find it in CD format. La Pajita is so sweet to my ears, and some of the rousing rhythms of a lot of the songs make me jump up and dance. Thank you for getting this out on CD!

Gina G. Rosset Smith

Sing To Me The Dream
I enjoyed this collection of mostly foreign songs.


I had despaired of ever finding this again - the cassette I once had is long lost. How wonderful to see it's reissued - it is a perfect treasure! These songs make me sing at the top of my lungs, dance, and even weep.

Mahir Ali

Absolutely superb
I'd been looking for this album for years and the expanded reissue came as a very pleasant surprise. It turned out to be as good as one would have expected from a collaboration between Holly Near and Inti Illimani. This album is a gem. As I was deeply touched by the bilingual duet between Holly and Mercedes Sosa on "They Dance Alone".