The Rye Waltz

Here’s a family heirloom: a little recording of my father’s father, Garret Boer (1886-1973), playing his harmonica: The Rye Waltz.

(You should save the linked file, which is about 1.3 MB, onto your home computer, then run it through your favorite MP3 player.)

The tune is more commonly known as “Coming Through the Rye” but Grampa called it “the Rye Waltz.”

This was originally recorded by my sister on (I am guessing) a Panasonic RQ-413S mono cassette recorder. When? (I am guessing) about 1971. Where? In our parents’ farm house (sounds like the dining room to me).

If you are able to listen to this file and want to download a bigger file that includes the whole 10-minute recording, let me know.

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Lean on Me

Pat Wright

Seattle’s Gospel Ambassador to the world, Pat Wright, worked with the Seattle Waldorf Middle School Choir in the spring of 2001. Friday afternoon, March 2nd, she lead the SWS 6th, 7th, and 8th Grades through a rousing version of the old Bill Withers tune, Lean On Me (downloadable 5MB stereo MP3-format file), rocking a packed Huckleberry Hall. Camila Landrum-Recchi (6th Grade) contributed a soulful solo, with Alice deWrangel and Suki Jefferson (both 8th-graders) closing the number with a duet. “This Little Light” closed the performance (downloadable 3.7MB stereo MP3-format file).

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