Bone Porcelain

by Mark Verdin

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Magpie's Eye 04:39
Pium, Paum 04:10
Pium, paum! Kehto heilahtaa, Ja lapsi viatonna uinahtaa. Pium, paum! Äiti laulahtaa, Kun sydänkäpyänsä tuudittaa. Pium, paum! Viulu vingahtaa, Ja nuoret karkelohon kiiruhtaa. Pium, paum! Onni häilyää Se tuopi varjoa ja pimeää. Pium, paum! Kerran kajahtaa, Tuo kyimä kirkonkello ilmoittaa; Pois, pois, henki vaeltaa, Ja ruumis mullan alla kajan saa. Pium, paum! The cradle rocks, And the innocent child is sleeping. Pium, paum! The mother sings, While she rocks the little one-of-her-heart. Pium, paum! The sound of the violin is heard, And young folks hurry off to games. Pium, paum! Fortune is fickle. Life has its shadows and sunshine. Pium, paum! Death soon, For you will toll the cold church bells. Away, away, your spirit will go. Your body in the earth, a shelter find.


Songs of the upper midwest for tenor, six-, and twelve-string guitars.


released December 26, 2019

Recorded winter 2018-autumn 2019 in Minneapolis, MN, USA and at Archimedes' Attic Studios in St. John's, NL, Canada. Mastering by S. Crewe in St. John's.

M Verdin - Guitars, harmonium, clarinet, jaw harp, banjo, dobro, bells, field recordings

Additional musicians:
P Verdin - Bass on 1, 2, and 4
A Verdin - Conga on 4

All tracks by M Verdin except "Pium, Paum," traditional.

I encountered "Pium, Paum" in James P. Leary’s "Folksongs of Another America: Field Recordings from the Upper Midwest, 1937-1946," published by the University of Wisconsin Press. He writes, “An old traditional lullaby, the opening words of which onomatopoeically invoke a rocking cradle, this song acquired its second and third verses from Kustaa Killinen (1819-1922), a Finnish poet and educator (Hakala 2007: 135, 289-290). Shifting succinctly from cradle to grave, these verses were aptly identified in Sidney Robertson’s notes as ‘often sung at children’s and young people’s funerals’” (59).


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