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Navajo Songs
Various Artists
Navajo Songs
Genres: World Music, Pop
 
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The lifestyles, philosophies, and traditions of the Navajo nation are represented by songs for herding, planting, harvesting, hunting, blessing hogans, and soothing children. The 1933 and 1940 field recordings from settlem...  more »

      
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All Artists: Various Artists
Title: Navajo Songs
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Smithsonian Folkways
Release Date: 11/10/1992
Genres: World Music, Pop
Styles: North America, Native American
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 093074040324

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The lifestyles, philosophies, and traditions of the Navajo nation are represented by songs for herding, planting, harvesting, hunting, blessing hogans, and soothing children. The 1933 and 1940 field recordings from settlements in New Mexico and Arizona beautifully document a music largely vocal and highly melodic with relatively short song phrases repeated, divided, and combined in intriguingly complex ways. Recorded by Laura Boulton. Compiled and annotated by David McAllester and Charlotte Frisbie. "...a vocally rich collection..." -- The Patriot Ledger

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Like listening to a heartbeat
Pharoah S. Wail | Inner Space | 05/13/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This is another cd I got for Christmas of 2000 that I'm just now getting around to reviewing. I don't really have a lot to say about this cd other than it really relaxes me. That may sound bad but I don't mean it to. I do not mean it's relaxing in the same sort of way that a Kenny G. fan says his fluff-music is relaxing simply because it's so bland that it's impossible to stay awake during. What I mean is, each song (or group of songs on one track) on this cd has it's own constancy of rhythm. Each song is a repeating, slow to mid-tempo rhythmic pattern that has an affect on me that I can only compare to resting your head on someones chest and being lulled into serenity by the rhythm of their heartbeat.

Aside from some accompaniment by a drum or rattless, this is entirely vocal music. The melodies and rhythms are created by the human voice (usually a chorus of 2 or more males). This is a cd of field recordings made in the 1930s and '40s so no, you should not expect the digital clarity of something recorded last year. For me though, when it comes to certain Indigenous musics, that is a plus. These are old songs, old rhythms, being made by voices (and cultures) that have largely been silenced by the ravages of "modern times" and Western culture. The crackles and pops only help to make the mind wander back in time to when this music was made. You can almost envision the few remaining elders sitting nearby as these songs were recorded, listening to these songs and remembering their youth. Remembering their parents who told them stories of what life was like before the white men made their way across the land and changed everything forever."
Important to know...
Dionys Murphy | 11/05/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

""For those of you who don't know, out of due respect most of these songs on this album are only listened to in the winter months. Thank you."

No, thank *you* for pointing this out for those who do not know tradition. It is important that such knowledge be shared and there should never be any apologetic tone when delivering such knowledge."