It’s Mother’s Day Again!

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And time for a shout-out to mothers everywhere – happy Mother’s Day to all of you!

If you are looking for a last-minute musical gift for any of the mothers in your own life, you could do worse than either of these:

First, take a look at Every Mother Counts: Songs Inspired by the Documentary “No Woman, No Cry.” You can see the film tonight on the Oprah Winfrey Network (really!) – check your local listings. The music includes songs by Rosanne Cash, Sheryl Crow, Madonna, the Dixie Chicks, and a host (hostess?) of others.

Next comes the latest from the folks at Dust-to-Digital: The incredible Never A Pal Like Mother. The package includes a beatifully illustrated 96-page book and two CDs with 40 songs recorded from 1927-1956. Some artists (the Louvin Brothers, The Carter Family) are more famous than others (Mr. & Mrs. Harmon E. Helmick were new to me) but every cut is worth a listen. Head over there now and listen to some samples.

The video today is not one the the happiest possible Mother’s Day songs – it’s about saying goodbye to Mother, but it’s an affirmative and beautiful song, superbly performed here by Michelle Wright, Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh, and the incomparable Iris Dement. The song, of course, is Will the Circle Be Unbroken. Do something good for your mother tomorrow, eh?

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