WPLN is podcasting and here’s a great interview to start: When I heard Rebecca Bain’s story this morning about a new CD project that sounds awesome to anyone who has read (or read to their children) any of the Laura Ingalls Wilder “Little House” books, I thought to myself, “Gee, I wish WPLN” podcast those stories. Ask and ye shall receive. I just learned they’ve started doing just that. Here’s how to subscribe to the WPLN podcasts.
By the way, here’s the MP3 file of the Rebecca Bain story I heard this morning. It’s about “Happy Land: Musical Tributes to Laura Ingalls Wilder,” a wonderful project begun when Dale Cockrell, a musicology and American studies professor at Vanderbilt, discovered while reading the Little House books to his daughter that they are filled with references to specific titles of classic American folk tunes. (126 different tunes, in all of the books.)
That discovery led to his determination to bring that music to life for the children (and adults) who love the Little House books. More about the project here.
The CD was also produced by mandolin great Butch Baldassari (my friend and one of my son’s musical mentors). Dale and Butch attracted some of Nashville’s great musicians to collaborate in a series of CDs that bring these songs alive. (Rebecca’s story does a wonderful job of explaining their approach).
What a good day. WPLN is podcasting. And a wonderful musical project is available to all those (parents and kids) who love the Little House books and great traditional American music.