NPR: Musicians in Their Own Words
Abigail Washburn: Chinese Lyrics, American Roots
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Abigail Washburn's Website: http://www.abigailwashburn.com/website/
to deliver lyrics
it turns out...
to inspire one
to reconnect with
Musicians in their own words
skeptical (UK: sceptical)
to come out with an album
to look at it and go = to look at it and say
"Who is she to be doing that?"
to be laughed at
to be thought of as a novel
"It's just me!"
There's no way around
I don't know what I'm doin'
a loose sense of rhythm
turn one's back|
The Lost Lamb
to work with s.o.
to come to the States
to bring one's family with one
to have s.o. over for dinner
to look downtrodden
to start a new life without s.o.
to use imagery
classical Chinese poetry
at the greatest edge of loneliness
to comment on
to make perfect sense
to be loose enough to...
to be lucid enough to...
to make sense of things
to light s.o. up
to share the same pool of emotions that we draw from
to be unique in
Listening comprehension questions:
1. a. What did Abigail Washburn learn first, the banjo, or Chinese? b. How did she learn Chinese?
2. What is Washburn's reaction to other people's skepticism regarding her unusual kind of eclectic music?
3. What kinds of inspiration did Washburn pick up from her experiences attending traditional opera in Sichuan?
4. Briefly, what inspired Washburn's song, "The Lost Lamb"?
5. Where did the idea for Washburn's song, "Halo", come from?
6. What kinds of things that Washburn's grandfather said did Washburn say she found most interesting? Quote Washburn's play on words in this description.
7. What does Washburn say she most wants to express in her songs?
8. What's your own reaction to and appraisal of Washburn's music?