Thursday, September 18, 2008

Talk Like A Pirate Day!

That's right, September 19th is Talk Like A Pirate Day!

Aye matey! They even have a website. At darachweb it's a day we always look forward to. Avast! Check out all our pirate stuff. We have flags, stickers, lapel pins, bandanas and much more here. So get yer grog and join the fun, don't be a bilge rat! We also have great wooden pirate swords.

To start the celebration take 15% off your order from! Use the coupon code PIRATE15 to get 15% off (one per customer, valid until October 15, 2008).

Arrr, we also have a great double CD of Pirate Songs, Sea Songs & Shanties. Step up smartly, me hearties, this CD is a must for any Pirate get-together. Listen to some samples here! And don't forget to use the coupon code for 15% off!

Friday, September 12, 2008

The Drifters

The Drifters, a novel by James Michener, is the story of six teenagers in the turbulent 1960s. They end up traveling together, each in search of escape or meaning for their lifes.

One of the characters is Gretchen, a sometime singer and guitar player from Boston, MA. Most of the songs Gretchen sings she learned from Francis J. Child's The English and Scottish Popular Songs (1882-1898) (Child Ballads). The songs were old narrative ballads that often "struck much to closely" to the experiences of those who heard Gretchen sing them.

Carl Peterson recorded these songs on an album called "Drifting with Michener", presented as Gretchen may have sung them, with minimal instrumentation.

When researching the songs, Carl often it found it difficult to find the correct lyrics based on the lines in the book. In the Child Ballads there are often dozen of sets of lyrics for any particular song. Carl took the context of the lyrics in the novel into consideration when choosing the lyrics for his album.

Carl's album includes 14 Songs from the Child Ballads, plus two Scottish ballads that also appear in the novel. You can hear samples and buy this album of beautiful story songs here: The Drifters.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Long Island Festival

A couple weeks ago darachweb spent a lovely day at the Long Island Highland Games in NY. The weather was beautiful! Not too hot, plus we were set up in a shady area so it was very pleasant. Carl Peterson was singing next to the darachweb tent, and that also made the day more enjoyable.

darachweb was very busy throughout the day and did well selling the flags, flag gifts, music and lots more. And Carl met up with a lot of "fans" who were glad to see him again. All in all, a wonderful time was had by all!