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Birthday Dirge

Text: “Oh happy Birthday, Oh happy Birthday Worms and germs are in the air People dying everywhere Oh happy Birthday, Oh happy Birthday” Genre: Folk Song Background: The interviewee, KP, is an American man nearing his mid-fifties. KP resides in northern California, and his family has been in the states since the second ship after… Continue Reading »

Birthday songs for Colombians in the US and in Colombia

When I explained the scope of the of the folklore projects that it could include folksongs, Juliana did think of one that she has heard here in Southern California a lot. In Colombia when a girl turns 15 (American equivalent to sweet 16) there is an elaborate party with musicians typically “mariachis” who will sing… Continue Reading »

A Happy Birthday song

A Happy Birthday song My friend Kirsten is a fellow freshman at the University of Southern California, studying International Relations, as well as someone with whom I went to high school and preschool in Pasadena, CA. In the intervening time between our shared educational experiences, she attended a small, alternative K-8 school, also in Pasadena,… Continue Reading »