NOW Back in print!! 148 page Hardcover book and 18 song companion CD
The Erie Canal
The Illinois and Michigan Canal
Haul Away Joe
The Sailor’s Alphabet
The Lumberman’s Alphabet
Deep Blue Horizon
The Great Lakes Song
Follow the Drinkin’ Gourd
Shenandoah / Shenandore
The Persia’s Crew
Lost on the Lady Elgin
The Housewife’s Lament
The Red Iron Ore
The Christmas Ship
The Bigler’s Crew
The Crack Schooner Moonlight
Lake Rhymes, Folk Songs of the Great Lakes Region (2004)
A 148 page hardcover book and study guide with an 18 song companion CD. (plus $5.00 per order for shipping only with the book purchase CDs ship free)
A songbook and study guide with historical photos and an 18-song companion CD by Lee and Joann Murdock
Published 2004, This book went out of print in just a few years. In 2019, we resurrected Lake Rhymes in a new deluxe Hardcover Edition. A few updates were made, but essentially the book’s content and the CD remain exactly the same.
Lake Rhymes is
an 18-song CD with 71 minutes of Lee Murdock performance
packaged with 146-page book containing
musical scores for all 18 songs
over 70 historic photos, maps and illustrations
the stories behind each song, vocabulary, background
worksheets and exercises for teachers and music enthusiasts
ideas for teachers to use the songs and books in teaching history, English, music and geography
ready to be enjoyed by anyone with an avid interest in maritime history or traditional folk music.
The songs are arranged in pairs, two songs to a chapter.
Chapter 1: Towpaths Through History: The Erie Canal, The Illinois and Michigan Canal
Chapter 2: Heaving and Hauling and Singing: Haul Away Joe, Rolling Home
Chapter 3: The ABC’s in the Workplace: The Sailor’s Alphabet, The Lumberman’s Alphabet
Chapter 4: Anthems, Songs of Celebration: The Deep Blue Horizon, The Great Lakes Song
Chapter 5: The Oral Tradition: Follow the Drinkin’ Gourd, Shenandoah–Shenandore
Chapter 6: Lament for the Lost at Sea: The Persia’s Crew, Lost on the Lady Elgin
Chapter 7: Tall Tales and Exaggerated Circumstances: Yankee Brown, The Housewife’s Lament
Chapter 8: The Ballad, Classic Stories in Song: The Red Iron Ore (E.C. Roberts), The Christmas Ship (featuring underwater photos of the Rouse Simmons in Lake Michigan)
Chapter 9: Off to the Races: The Bigler’s Crew, The Crack Schooner Moonlight
Lake Rhymes is available at Lee Murdock performances, in museums and specialty shops, and by mail order from this web site. (A few copies of the book can be purchase at good used bookstores or Amazon.com Though the book has been out of print for several years, it remains in big demand).
You can have a copy of Lake Rhymes donated to your school, with an assembly performance by Lee Murdock. School Fees start at $400 for one 50 minute presentation, or $650 for two performances in a half day, travel included. Contact Joann Murdock at 630-557-2742 or firstname.lastname@example.org for info.
Trivia: Folk Songs of the Great Lakes Region, Lee’s first study guide, was released on cassette, with a booklet), in 1989. This is the only recording of Lee’s that has ever gone out of print.