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GUEST,Timbrel Help: sea shanties and maritime folk stuff (55* d) RE: Help: sea shanties and maritime folk stuff 16 May 00

"The Arabella" is perfect for little kids. I teach in a maritime history program for school-age kids. We hear a lot of "Johnny's Gone Down to Hilo", and "A Long Time Ago", and "Santy Anno" and the like. Plenty that's appropriate, and if a verse is not, usually the song suffers little by leaving it out.

On the PC topic: It's easy to take the "let them hear anything" stand if they're your OWN kids. But those of us who work with other people's children have to respect their child-rearing preferences, in we tend to think it's better for the kids to have exposure to the music even if it's bowdlerized. Heaven knows, if they become interested in it, a very small amount of independent exploration will lead to more complete knowledge.

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