Thursday, July 21, 2016

Bonaparte's Retreat with camas seed

Tonight, the perfect shaker sound was my envelope of locally-collected camas seed.  Perfect for a Caribbean gourd banjo version of "Bonaparte's Retreat."  Based on the 1937 Lomax recording of William Stepp that inspired Aaron Copland, it is 'way more joyous than the usual maybe-Irish version.  Of course, I assume this must celebrate Napoleon's forces' retreat from Haiti in 1804.  I'm having a blast with these last few tunes for the CD.