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Pioneer Press Article: Classroom Troubadour Sings to Children to Honor Adults

April 3, 2011

The Pioneer Press had a great article on Larry and his work with Community Celebration of Place/Elders’ Wisdom, Children’s Song:

Ruben Rosario: Classroom troubadour sings to children to honor adults

The man the legendary writer Studs Terkel once called 'a true American troubadour' was thick in the middle of his day job the other day — helping a class of fourth-graders compose a song.

'Like the bullfighter/the brave matador/Like the bull in the arena, together we strive for/A life of balance, to live in harmony,' the kids sang and swayed while Larry Long played the simple melody on his acoustic guitar.

"I'm excited about this song," the 60-year-old Twin Cities resident told the class of fellow songwriters at the Fine Arts Interdisciplinary Resource magnet school in Crystal. "I would like to get a full orchestra."

The song probably won't crack Billboard's Hot 100 anytime soon. But it wasn't meant to. It was meant to celebrate the rich tapestry of the American experience in a tangible, communal way.

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News & Events

Lucy Craft Laney Community School will host an Elders’ Wisdom, Children’s Song celebration honoring three community elders on Wednesday, May 27, 2015.

Open World Learning Community will host an Elders’ Wisdom, Children’s Song celebration honoring four community elders on Friday, June 5, 2015.

Glen Lake Elementary School will host an Elders’ Wisdom, Children’s Song celebration honoring three community elders in their gym on Thursday, May 7, 2015, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM.

Testimonials

I had the most awesome musical experience of my life—when I heard the fourth grade children at Eagle Heights Spanish Immersion school sing “Your Song” honoring our Elders! One of the elders was my son John. WHAT A SONG!

Thank You, Jack Tschida

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