What a week for significant dates, this was an easy week to put together!
Monday For the day after Valentine’s Day…Good Morning Heartache – Chris Botti and Jill Scott – (5:45)
and Monday, President’s Day
Lincoln Portrait – Aaron Copland – Phylicia Rashad and the National Symphony Orchestra (14:18)
Tuesday Mardi Gras! Mardi Gras today, dance in the kitchen and eat stuff! I know most of us will eat stuff tomorrow, too, but dance for sure!
La Danse de Mardi Gras – The Balfa Brothers (2:20)
The Meters – Mardi Gras Mambo
Professor Longhair – Go to the Mardi Gras
Jim Cummings – Gonna Take You Down
Wednesday Ash Wednesday – Super flumina – Motet by Palestrina – Choir of Clare College Cambridge, Timothy Brown (3:48)
|Super flumina Babylonis illic sedimus et flevimus, cum recordaremur Sion.|
In salicibus in medio ejus suspendimus organa nostra.
|By the waters of Babylon, there we sat and wept, when we remembered Zion.|
On the willow trees in their midst we hung up our harps.
Thursday Lyric for Strings – George Walker, performed by A Far Cry (6:55)
Friday Aqua de Clavelito – Johnny Pacheco (5:24) I couldn’t find an English translation for this. Clavelito is apparently a carnation.
Saturday Invitation to Love – Marques L. A. Garrett (4:54)
Invitation to Love – PAUL LAURENCE DUNBAR
Come when the nights are bright with stars Or come when the moon is mellow; Come when the sun his golden bars Drops on the hay-field yellow. Come in the twilight soft and gray, Come in the night or come in the day, Come, O love, whene’er you may, And you are welcome, welcome. You are sweet, O Love, dear Love, You are soft as the nesting dove. Come to my heart and bring it to rest As the bird flies home to its welcome nest. Come when my heart is full of grief Or when my heart is merry; Come with the falling of the leaf Or with the redd’ning cherry. Come when the year’s first blossom blows, Come when the summer gleams and glows, Come with the winter’s drifting snows, And you are welcome, welcome.
Sunday More Johnny Pacheco. Kitchen dance time! Quitate tu (Yo Soy la Salsa) – Fania All Stars (7:45)
Of course, keep in mind that you can dance anywhere in your house you like, the kitchen is not mandatory.