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Boots, Boots

Written/Posted by Marc Nerenberg


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Size: 1,971kb, uploaded 3/9/2010 9:21:12 PM
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Bela Fleck's latest recording brought to mind this little banjo/kalimba tune I recorded in 1985. The kalimba (thumb piano) I used is quite a large one with 18 tongues, that came from Botswana. The song was in some odd key like D flat (I don't actually remember now which key) and picked up the kalimba with the thought of using it on another song, but I played the tape of this song by accident and the Kalimba, surprisingly turned out to be in tune with it. The sound is filled in with hand-claps and vocal harmony (sung by Ivy Lerner). Tis is from my long out of print kid's album, "That Lion!".

6 comments on “Boots, Boots”

Bisbonian Says:
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 @9:29:42 PM

"That Lion"? would that be translated "m'bube"?

Marc Nerenberg Says:
Thursday, March 11, 2010 @6:14:03 PM

Don't know...depends what language of course. I don't know what language Mbubwe is in. In Swahili, lion is "simba". I knew soeone who was in Tanzania for a few weeks about ten years ago, and came back with her limited vocabulary of mainly animal names that she had learned on safari. She proudly was telling her friend about it and showing off her limited Swahili. Her friend, who had small children said, "C'mon, you can't fool me...You learned all of those from the Lion King!" It seems that since that movie came out, the safari guides make a point of teaching tourists that Swahili words that the Disney people used in that film.

bschorfhaar Says:
Monday, April 12, 2010 @4:05:20 PM

love this song! there's another fella that plays banjo (and other instruments) with kalimba, ralph white (formerly of the bad livers) i especially like his album "Trash Fish" ever heard his stuff, marc?

bschorfhaar Says:
Monday, April 12, 2010 @4:42:57 PM

i dunno if ralph has anything on iTunes. he sells his stuff on his site it looks like. i like to buy stuff direct from the
artist whenever possible but i don't get out much and ralph is a continent away. AS ARE YOU!

Aunt Lisa Says:
Tuesday, August 17, 2010 @6:23:29 PM

Love the banjo/kalimba combination! Never would have thought of that.

thombanjo Says:
Tuesday, November 23, 2010 @9:36:45 AM

I just love this tune ! The sound of the instruments is wonderful and the vocals have a sweet harmony and sense of fun. Well done. My son uses the phrase "I put my bare feet on" so I was glad to hear it in your tune ! It reminds me (NOT DERIVATIVE ) of a Roches tune...that's a compliment !!!!!!

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