A story song of a fairy lass and a human lad who fall in love... this is one I wrote some years ago, but it remains a favorite of my heart!
One of my very favorite traditional songs! There are so many versions of it - and the stories told are so diverse - that I actually collect them!
Written and originally recorded at Summerland Spirit Festival at Turtle Creek Glen in Clayton, Wisconsin... I was sitting by the creek with the birds singing around me and the frogs bringing the low harmony. The wind was just right and I could hear folks having fun and kids laughing in the background... It is a festival I hope to be at every year!!!
This song is one I heard when I was very young. My parents were huge fans of Harry Belafonet and a singer that he introduced to the world, Miriam Makeba from South Africa. I learned the song phonetically by heart and would often sing my baby dolls and toys to sleep with it. Later, it was a familiar lullaby for my own children - and now some of my grandchildren!
When I started to put my "Wee Folk Stomp" album for kids together, I wanted to include this beautiful piece. I finally have the correct words and translation. I was pleased that my phonetic memory was not far off from being correct! I love the harmonies and beauty this song pulled out from my spirit.
"Suliram" is available on my new CD "Wee Folk Stomp" from my website and from CD Baby.
May it bless you and yours with love and peace!