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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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