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Hazel Dickens: Pretty Bird

Today, I wanted to share a song by one of my favorite folk artists, Hazel Dickens. I stumbled across this song while curating music for a play set in the Appalachian mountains. Hazel Dickens is known primarily for her one of a kind vocal color, and her provocative pro-union feminist songs. In this song, the melody is simple and the text is hopeful and longing cry for personal freedom. Hazel Dickens’ raw vocal timbre beautifully carries out the simple yearning in the text. My heart breaks every time she flips between her vocal registers—it sounds as if she is holding back a tear single tear through the duration of the piece.

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