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Nancy Raven | The House We Live in, Vols. I & II

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The House We Live in, Vols. I & II

by Nancy Raven

Folk music for children from all around the world, giving kids an idea of life in other cultures, sung by Nancy Raven with her guitar and Bob Hobbs on percussion and sound effects.
Genre: Folk: Children's Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Sweet Potatoes
2:09 album only
2. Praties Song
2:17 album only
3. Mr. Rabbit, Mr. Rabbit
2:17 album only
4. Che Che Kole
1:33 album only
5. John the Rabbit
1:15 album only
6. The House We Live In
2:39 album only
7. Chocolate
1:05 album only
8. Gibberish
1:36 album only
9. Three Craw
1:46 album only
10. Old Texas
2:56 album only
11. Red-Haired Family
1:24 album only
12. Planting Rice
1:47 album only
13. Rice Harvest Song
1:57 album only
14. Chippewa Lullaby
1:48 album only
15. Sambalele
3:21 album only
16. Hawaiian Cowboy Song
2:12 album only
17. Bella Hertelana
3:59 album only
18. Al Tambor
2:06 album only
19. Goldfish
1:53 album only
20. Arkansas Traveler
1:53 album only
21. Gup!
2:14 album only
22. I'm a Little Cookie
2:33 album only
23. Clam Fishing
1:30 album only
24. Skip to My Lou
2:00 album only
25. May There Always Be Sunshine
3:52 album only
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Album Notes
The House We Live In is a collection of songs for children of all sizes, shapes and colors. The material is appropriate for pre-school through 6th grade, as well as for family singing. The music comes from all over the world, and has been received with enthusiasm in libraries and schools nationwide.

Children can relate immediately to the content and rhythms, and love singing, dancing, and acting out the songs. It is educational as well as entertaining, introducing many different cultures, customs, and folk instruments.

Because some of the folk instruments used may not be indigenous to the particular country represented in the song, it becomes, after all, truly cross-cultural music.

We hope you have as much fun with the music as we had putting it together.

Cast of characters:

Nancy Raven: After years of singing mainly early American folk songs for children, Nancy now reaches out into the rich music of other countries. She plays the guitars, dulcimers, ukulele, charango, jaw harp, kalimba, chekere, guiro, and kazoo on this album. Nancy also did the artwork for these albums.

Bob B. Hobbs: Percussionist extraordinaire, Bob has brought the magic of many percussion instruments to children over the years. Bob, who says he is "always available for creative moments," adds wonderful sounds and imagination to the music. He does all the sound effects and most of the percussion heard on the album, plus kazoo, of course.

Judith Hill: Wonderful harmonica.

Dick Bagwell: Pipes, whistles, recorders, tambourine.

Mike Cogan: Engineer, in his studio at Bay Records, Alameda, California.

Susan Lindh: Patient, inspired photographer.

Commtype: Typesetting by Mark Heliger, Los Angeles, California.

Grateful thanks for the generosity of the children and their parents, with irreplaceable help from Madeline Weinstein and Kathy Vital of Lakeview Child Care in Oakland, and Rosemary Richie (whose sweet soprano voice you hear singing with the children) of Benvenue Children's House in Berkeley, California. The children's ages run from 3 to 5 years, and their names are:

Lael Ajay, Patrick Balzan, Jakub Benes, David Bracke, Lauren Brisbo, Chloe Bryson-Cahn, John Deserio, Mira Evnine, Caroline Fowler, Gretchen Jang, Lindsey Kline, Lindsey McCarthy, Nathan Rynerson, Rebekan Salomon, Caroline Salz, and Grier Wiggins.

More special thanks to: Brandi Blair, Sumi Capachi, Bill Curtis, Nadine Ghammache, Leanne Hinton (for her sweet song), Carol Holcomb, Leo Lee, Nancy Lenz, and Greg Raven for the knowledge, help, and instruments that made this all possible.



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