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Shto Mi Milo

Posted by Jocko MacNelly


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Size: 2,386kb, uploaded 1/25/2012 7:49:08 PM
Genre: Folk / Playing Style: Classical

This is a Macedonian folksong that my stepdaughter Abigail and I did as part of a Christmas/Hanukka present for her mom. Abby sings with the Yale Slavic Chorus and has been schooling me in the various GREAT Eastern European choral traditions. We were in a hurry, since in the three hours Madame was out of the house we got the idea, came up with three tunes, rehearsed, recorded and burned CD's of them. So I accompanied using the bottom two (of three) parts, and overdubbed the melody in the intro and third verse, but as soon as I get a minute I'll get a solo tab up. There's a bunch of this stuff that would be gorgeous on the banjo. Oh - and the present was a huge hit.

4 comments on “Shto Mi Milo”

JanetB Says:
Thursday, January 26, 2012 @5:40:24 AM

Lovely singing and banjo harmony. A special present it must have been. What do the lyrics mean?

Jocko MacNelly Says:
Thursday, January 26, 2012 @8:27:28 AM

Thanks Janet! I think Abby told me it's about how this guy loves to live in whatever village it is, and watch the local girls. I guess when you think of it, it's a Macedonian version of the old 60's hit "I'm a girl watcher/I'm a girl watcher/Watchin' girls go by/My! my, my" :o) And yes our Abby really is a good singer! The absolute joy she takes in music (though she has no plans to do it professionally) helps keep me motivated in my own work.

Jocko MacNelly Says:
Thursday, January 26, 2012 @8:29:35 AM

You can youtube the Yale Slavic Chorus and hear them do this - it's generally the tune they come out to.

JanetB Says:
Thursday, January 26, 2012 @2:38:25 PM

I wouldn't have guessed the topic of the song, but I'm not surprised. Guys often sing about girls!

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