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John Klawa (1876-1956)  #Lettish   #Boston   #massachusetts   #socialist   #editor  of #strahdneeks  (Lettish news publication) photo courtest of Swiss Social Archives

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#Latvian   #music  part of my yet-to-be-discovered ethnic heritage
This is a springtime work song accompanied with bourdon drone - one of the two most archaic Latvian singing traditions: seasonal folk songs specific for particular festivities, where the singers combine the known texts (sometimes creating new variations of them!) into sequences on the spot. The generally accepted text structure is a quatrain and the melody is simple, but the performance consists of several parts:
the lead singer singing the text,
the text being repeated (either by the same or a different singer), while the rest of the group add a drone, bourdon voice - sing the same tone or variate it a little.

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Think grandpa would be blushing, or bursting with pride, if he knew what I found here ... lots of old newspapers and the searches are #free   #genealogy   #familyhistory   #newspaper  

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"Looking back prepares us to go forward." —Bradley Foster
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