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I am old and I like old people's music!
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I am old and I like old people's music!
Well, if her taste in music reflects her taste in clothes, men, and makeup, I am not interested in sharing. Susie just said, "Hannah, there is a lot more music out there than what was produced in the last couple of years, and a lot of it was great."
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Bill, that's a beautiful rendition of that song. I've always loved Greensleeves, it's one of the first I learn anytime I learn a new instrument.

It made me tear up, my Mom loves it too and she's in hospital right now, had to have her leg amputated so that and your beautiful picture got me right in the feels.

Tuscanny, I love your sunflower, she's so cheeky, she made me smile!

Dianna, clever clever clever!!! The trees are excellent but the Red Barchetta, wow! Bravo and standing ovation and all that. Great stuff.
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Mine is from a Canadian singer Loreena McKennit. she wrote a song called the Bonny Swans.

The lyrics are long and the video is as well but in a gist the song is about a girl who is drowned in the river where the swans swim by her jealous sister. Her sister wants to marry the girl's love. The body is swept around with the swans and eventually is laid out by a farmer who thinks it's a swan. A harpist comes sees the body and makes a harp of it. He is invited to the sister's wedding to the girl's love. At the wedding the harp sings the story and tells everyone what the sister did to her.

I've been looking at tapestries and still on a medieval binge so I did this, in a naive medieval style in material ~ embroidery floss and linen. I did do a quick sketch on paper and then pretty much free styled this as I went along.

It shows the sister in her wedding dress as the ghost comes out of the harp to accuse her of murder and a swan attacks.

The swan cracked me up, it's a silly thing.

Please ignore the fuzz by the swan, I didn't realize it was there till I posted!

This is on a 12 inch hoop.



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"The Bonny Swans"

A farmer there lived in the north country
A hey ho bonny o
And he had daughters one, two, three
The swans swim so bonny o
These daughters they walked by the river's brim
A hey ho bonny o
The eldest pushed the youngest in
The swans swim so bonny o

Oh sister, oh sister, pray lend me your hand
With a hey ho a bonny o
And I will give you house and land
The swans swim so bonny o
I'll give you neither hand nor glove
With a hey ho a bonny o
Unless you give me your own true love
The swans swim so bonny o

Sometimes she sank, sometimes she swam
With a hey ho and a bonny o
Until she came to a miller's dam
The swans swim so bonny o

The miller's daughter, dressed in red
With a hey ho and a bonny o
She went for some water to make some bread
The swans swim so bonny o

Oh father, oh daddy, here swims a swan
With a hey ho and a bonny o
It's very like a gentle woman
The swans swim so bonny o
They placed her on the bank to dry
With a hey ho and a bonny o
There came a harper passing by
The swans swim so bonny o

He made harp pins of her fingers fair
With a hey ho and a bonny o
He made harp strings of her golden hair
The swans swim so bonny o
He made a harp of her breast bone
With a hey ho and a bonny o
And straight it began to play alone
The swans swim so bonny o

He brought it to her father's hall
With a hey ho and a bonny o
And there was the court, assembled all
The swans swim so bonny o
He laid the harp upon a stone
With a hey ho and a bonny o
And straight it began to play lone
The swans swim so bonny o

And there does sit my father the King
With a hey ho and a bonny o
And yonder sits my mother the Queen
The swans swim so bonny o
And there does sit my brother Hugh
With a hey ho and a bonny o
And by him William, sweet and true
The swans swim so bonny o
And there does sit my false sister, Anne
With a hey ho and a bonny o
Who drowned me for the sake of a man
The swans swim so bonny o
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Virginia wow!
That's great and such a great medium also. I used to do some crewel work back in the day. This must have taken some time, it's wonderful.
I love the depiction of the sad sad story.
The spirit of the dead sister is so effective, love the flowing look to her.
I always thought that was a bit odd making a musical instrument out of a woman's breast bone. But hey they did make instruments out of weird things, the Bagpipe comes to mind!
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Very impressive, Virginia. Why are Celtic songs always so sad? I recall the ancient "The Twa Corbies, " Scott's "Proud Maisey" (which has always haunted me), and now your modern example.
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Virginia - wow! Just love your embroidery!
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