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Deb’s House Concerts

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Hospice Last Night

Last night, I went with my sister to visit a friend who is in her last days of life in this world. My sister asked her if she wanted music, and she said yes. So, I took a guitar, and we went to see her.

Psalm 23

We sang Psalm 23 (with music I wrote when I was in the ninth grade). I have sung it for weddings, funerals, church services and people who are dying.  I sang it for my grandmother before she died, my sister’s wedding and my grandfather’s funeral (all a few years ago).

I sang it for church and for the funeral of a woman in our church, by her request before she died, way back when I was in high school. I’ve sung it many times and many places over the years. I don’t know why I’ve never had it arranged for choirs and soloists and sold it through a church music publisher. (I wrote the music only, of course!)

Psalm 23

The Lord is my Shepherd. I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures.
He leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul.
He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.

Yea, tho I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.  For Thou art with me, Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before  me in the presence of mine enemies. Thou annointest my head with oil. My cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace was my great-grandmother’s favorite song. So, of course, it was my favorite song at some point in my childhood. Later, I liked it less because of the “saved a wretch like me” part, thinking there is too much emphasis on everyone being so horrible rather than people knowing they are greatly loved. But, that line has legitimacy. It was written by a former slave trader in the 1700s, and many people do feel wretched. I like the song other than the word ‘wretch’.

My sister and I sang it slowly, with harmony. It felt like  Appalachian mountain music. I liked it that way, and I thought maybe I’ll start singing it again after all.

Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now I am found, was blind, but now I see.

T’was grace that taught my heart to fear, and grace my fears relieved. How precious did that grace appear the hour I first believed.

Through many dangers toils and snares we have already come.
‘Tis grace hath brought us safe this far, and grace will lead me home.

When we’ve been there ten thousand years bright shining as the sun, we’ve no less days to sing God’s praise than when we’d first begun.

The Lord Bless You and Keep You

We tried to sing the version that we’ve heard sung by the choir all our lives. We were kind of winging it, and we had a little trouble with the various parts and overlapping lines. But, we had the idea.

The Lord Bless you and keep you.
The Lord make His face to shine upon you, and, give you peace.
The Lord lift His countenance upon, and be gracious unto you.

Elementary School Today

This morning, I sang for one first grade class and three fourth grade classes (the fourth graders were all in one room). I was at the school for about two hours. This afternoon, in about an hour, I’ll sing again for the other first grade where I’ve sung three times before. Those kids already know my songs and sing them with me! 🙂

First Grade This Morning

This morning, I sang for one of the first grade classes I sang for awhile back. This is the last week of school. The children are excited and full of energy. I was with them for close to an hour, I think.

I always try to tell them a little bit about the songs. I tell them whatever special  message I intended, and I encourage them to sing along. The first graders are ready to sing at a moment’s notice. They love it.

Fourth Graders … a room full of them

Three classes of fourth graders were all together in a room, having just completed another activity together. There was testing going on in the school, and they needed to stay quiet, so the teachers were happy to have me appear (after singing for the 1st grade) and entertain the kids for a few minutes. I think I probably sang for about 45 minutes for them, too.

Stop Talking So Much! Sing!

I should probably think about how I feel when I’m in the audience, so I can make sure I don’t talk too much between songs. When people go to hear you sing, that’s what they want, songs.

Still Finding My Way

I’m still finding my way with singing for kids. I’m wanting to be sure I have the right songs for the right age group. So, I’m probably doing a little more storytelling and explaining (the history of the songs) than I would normally do.

Over-Explaining the Meaning and the Message

I want to be so careful to be sure these children understand the meaning and the message of the songs. I don’t know why I think I have to explain the lyrics. I grew up with fairy tales filled with archetypal characters, good and evil. And,  there were fables, too, complete with talking animals and lessons at the end of each story. That’s how my songs on the Weird Duck cd are. So, why do I feel like I have to explain them???? (sigh)

It’s Been Good For Me

I used to sing often when I was younger. But, at some point, I backed away from it.  It’s always been hard for me to know where I fit musically. It’s been good for me to start singing again in the past few months, singing for 1st and 4th grade classes (by arrangement with the teachers).  It’s been great having such enthusiastic audiences.

Still Trying to Find My Place Musically

I’ve never been sure who my audience is. I’m still not entirely sure who likes my music.

Lots of people downloaded my songs when they were on eFolkMusic. But, I was never sure who my audience was. I’d still like to figure that out.

Weird Duck Is Fun to Sing

I do know that early elementary school aged children enjoy my Weird Duck songs.  In the class where I’ve been the most in the past few months, those children know the choruses to the songs. They really like Weird Duck, and they sing it with great gusto! 🙂

“You’re so weird,” you tell me all the time.
“You’re so weird,” you tell me all the time.
“You’re  a weird duck. You’re  a weird duck.”
from Weird Duck c.2003 Deborah L. Hord

Informal Market Analysis

I was a little unsure about the age-appropriateness of the songs on the Weird Duck cd (before these recent performances for the children), but I feel confident about it now. How could I have even imagined that fables and fairy tales about animals would not be appropriate for this age group?

I’ve ‘tested’ all the songs on the first graders in the class where I’ve sung so many times. I’ve given them the option of telling me if they don’t like any of the songs. I’ve asked if the songs were too young for them, or too serious, or if they just didn’t like them for some reason. They were enthusiastic about every single song.

Renaming the Weird Duck CD (removing the subtitle)

I’m thinking of removing the subtitle of my Weird Duck cd. It used to say, “Weird Duck – and other animal tales for grown ups.” But, I now think the songs are just right for the children. They’re all about animals: ducks, dogs, a snow goose, a donkey, a teddy bear, a small frightened stray (type of animal unnamed).

Singing for Schools and Birthday Parties

I’m looking forward to developing music programs for children, for schools or birthday parties, by invitation of the teachers and parents. And, I’ll redo the packaging on the cd, so that it’s colorful and attractive and has the words, too. 🙂

mp3 Downloads Online

I used to have my songs available on eFolkMusic. They’re not available there anymore. They moved to a new platform (linux vs windows), and they’re no longer selling the music there. I still am listed there as one of their artists, but the selling of the mp3s has to be done elsewhere.

After the efolkmusic site moved, I did not do anything else. They encouraged us to list our songs with other websites where we could sell mp3 downloads. But I’ve not yet put up my songs anywhere else. I need to focus on that again, and put up mp3s where people can download and build a collection of their favorite songs.


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eFolkMusic is Moving (to a bigger and better home)

eFolkMusic is moving the website to a new home.  It’s moving to a different type of server, and different programming.

eFolkMusic will no longer sell mp3 tracks

You’ll still be able to get the free ‘member mp3 ‘tracks. So, that has not changed. And, you’ll still be able to buy mp3 downloads from your favorite artists who are listed on eFolkMusic.You’ll just need to follow the links they provide to the location where they’re selling their music.

What has changed is …

I have not signed up to sell mp3s anywhere. I’ll still have some member mp3s (free to members) on eFolkMusic. But, I will need to upload my songs to the new site (if I understand correctly), before you will have access to them. I am pretty sure that I will not be doing that right away.

Soooooo, if you like my songs and want to download them,

Now is the time. If you’re a member ($4.95 for a month), you can download 100 member mp3s. I have just changed the status on my songs, so that everything I have posted is a member mp3.  I expect this to last for about 10 or 12 days (until the new site is active).

What this means for you:

If you want my songs, every one of the 39 mp3s that is on eFolkMusic will be a FREE MP3 DOWNLOAD for members.  Of course it’s not totally free, but if you divide $4.95 by the 100 free mp3 downloads you can get, that’s 4.95 cents per mp3. If you only download my 39 songs, it’s 12.6 cents per mp3. Either way, it’s a deal.

Get your (almost completely) free mp3 downloads here.

Listen to a bit of the previews and pick the ones you want. Then, use the balance of your 100 member mp3s to round out your collection.

Thanks for listening. 🙂

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The most recent draft was from before the election, and they date back to the middle of last year.


RNC in Praise of Sarah Palin

I’m watching speeches.  The hypocrisy of the Republican politicians is appalling. If Sarah Palin were running on the Democratic ticket, they would have ripped her to shreds by now.  No wonder …


Censorship Anyone?

Shall We Elect Someone Who Wants To Choose Which Books We Can Read?


Downloads Of My Songs From eFolkMusic

Summary Report

Free MP3s Member MP3s MP3 Sales
MultiPak Singles
257 232 3 1
Notes: | Visits (Prior to 11/26/07): 1218

One of the lists of downloads

As Good As Gold c2003 Deborah L Hord 9
Broken Wing c2003 Deborah L Hord 13
Crumbs c2003 Deborah L Hord 7
Cyberspace c2003 Deborah L Hord 9
Dog Barks c2003 Deborah L Hord 11
Donkey Song c2003 Deborah L Hord 5
Don’t Come To Me c2003 Deborah L Hord 7
Duck Soup c2003 Deborah L Hord 11
Ducks Don’t Cry c2003 Deborah L Hord 11
How Do You Do It c2003 Deborah L Hord 11
Hungry When I Wake c2003 Deborah L Hord 7
Let Go c2003 Deborah L Hord 8
Life Is Like That c2003 Deborah L Hord 8
Little Snow Goose c2003 Deborah L Hord 8
Needy Dog c2003 Deborah L Hord 8
Old Man c2003 Deborah L Hord 5
Shelter From the Storm c2003 Deborah L Hord 7
She’s A Little c2003 Deborah L Hord 8
Someone To Remind Me c2003 Deborah L Hord 7
Teddy Bear c2003 Deborah L Hord 4
Ugly Duckling c2003 Deborah L Hord 9
We`re All a Part c2003 Deborah L Hord 11
Weird Again c2003 Deborah L Hord 8
Weird Duck c2003 Deborah L Hord 10
When Things Go Wrong c2003 Deborah L Hord 8
You Aren’t the Only One Who Hurts c2003 Deborah L Hord 8
You`re Gonna Miss Me c2003 Deborah L Hord

From a different list (some overlap in titles):

3 As Good As Gold c2003 Deborah L Hord 1439_9686_006
29 Donkey Song c2003 Deborah L Hord 1439_9643_012
6 How Do You Do It c2003 Deborah L Hord 1439_9686_008
5 Hungry When I Wake c2003 Deborah L Hord 1439_9686_007
20 I Smile Again So You Won`t See Me Cry 1439_9004
5 I Smile Again So You Won’t See Me Cry c2003 Deborah L Hord 1439_11458_009
11 Let Go c2003 Deborah L Hord 1439_9686_013
14 Life Is Like That c2003 Deborah L Hord 1439_9643_007
15 Little Snow Goose c2003 Deborah L Hord 1439_9643_006
8 Old Man 1439_8985
3 Old Man c2003 Deborah L Hord 1439_9686_002
4 Someone To Remind Me c2003 Deborah L Hord 1439_9686_005
62 Teddy Bear c2003 Deborah L Hord 1439_9643_013
7 Ugly Duckling c2003 Deborah L Hord 1439_9643_008
3 Weird Again c2003 Deborah L Hord 1439_9686_011
6 You Aren’t the Only One Who Hurts c2003 Deborah L Hord 1439_11458_011


Good As You’s comments on the state of marriage equality in Oyster Bay


14,000 … 243 … 5/28/2007

fourteen thousand five hundred pounds. two hundred forty-three packed-by-owner boxes. furniture. tools. yard items. bicycle. 1015am – 630pm. afterwards, so tired I could not get off the couch for several hours. now, no bed, refrigerator, microwave or toaster oven. spin cycle broke on washer last night. empty house except for all that remains, enough for a small studio apt – couch,  recliner, television, 2 end tables. 2 book cases, 3 tables, 6 chairs, 1 glider/rocker, a ‘zillion’ books, boxes of clothes, movies, cans of paint, cleaning supplies, 2 dog cages,  a gas grill not assembled, a fish tank with plants and fish, 1 functional computer, 2 old computers, a computer cabinet and much more. now, i have to clean the house and get rid of all this stuff, get medical and vet records, advise of change of address, arrange end of utilities, close bank accounts, turn over house to realtor, work, quit working … more, not thinking of it all right now. sleeping on the couch on the enclosed front porch w/ cool evening breeze and pets nearby and a blooming peace lily a few feet away. working 6am – 10pm tomorrow, filling in for someone. just ate all i could from the box of no-longer-refrigerated items. time to go back to sleep. 430am will come soon.


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My grandmothers have been gone for years. I still think of them often.


In 2002, I wrote a group of songs about animals, wanting to tell stories in the style of fables and fairy tales. After I wrote Little Snow Goose, my mom asked if I had written it about her mom. The question surprised me, because I had not done it consciously. But, the story clearly matches my experience with her.


If she were still alive, my dad’s mom would have been 111 today.


My grandmothers made this world a better place simply by being a part of it. They were both great sources of joy for me. Both are gone. I think of them often.


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As you know, I am a great fan of eFolkMusic. There are hundreds of folk music artists on eFolkMusic from a wide array of musical styles. And now, it’s even easier to get in on all the good music there (and, download it to your computer or ipod, too!).


I have 39 songs on eFolkMusic (in the digital albums Weird Duck, Hungry When I Wake, Lean In For A Kiss). 26 of those songs are free to members. If you are a member (one month costs only $4.95), you can download any of those 26 songs and any other member mp3s up to a total of 100 mp3s every month. And, if you don’t use up all the 100 downloads, and you renew for the next month, you get rollover download credits, like rollover cell phone minutes. It’s a pretty cool deal.


I also have one song which is free to everyone (members or not), Lean In For A Kiss, in the Vol 3 Digital Sampler. (And, you can download songs by 11 other artists and bands, too.) The information for acquiring those songs is after the fold. (more…)

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I’ve written about this before, but the sampler is still up and there may be people who don’t know the song is out there as a free download. It’s offered by eFolkMusic as one of 10 free downloads.


Digi-Sampler Vol 3 Ready For Download!
We’ve just uploaded Vol 3, TWELVE FREE tracks, from 12 of our exceptional artists: Shady Grove Band, Hugh Morrison, Moonrakers, Deborah Hord, Shoofly Audio, Jeff Talmadge, Good Tangerines, J D Miner, Lou Vargo, High Cotton, Steve Eulberg and the Coastal Cohorts.
This is a great way to expand your listening horizons,
NO STRINGS attached (except on the guitars)!
Click here to get the music

If you want to listen to a few more of my songs, visit my page on eFolkMusic.


Deborah Hord
DAs MP3 Singles Artist Website


Writing folk songs with a personal touch, Deborah Hord brings her own perspective to folk music. She loves to hear a good story and incorporates storytelling into her songs. Listen, laugh, cry, identify, sing along and download if you’d like to hear these songs again.


If you love folk music and you’d like to get lots of free downloads, you can support eFolkMusic by joining.


Fill Your McPod With Some “Mighty Fine”!
Join our nonprofit now and get UNLIMITED access to our “member download” library of over 1800 full length, stereo MP3s! Check out this list of tracks…
More benefits, for less than ONE BUCK A WEEK! We send you our NEW eco-friendly efM Tote-bag:

PLUS our members-only “Song of the Week” RSS feed (that’s 50 more songs delivered to your desktop!!!),10% discount on all purchases, and more.

There is a lot of good music on eFolkMusic. As a member, you’ll have access to several thousand free mp3s (including the songs I currently have posted from two of my three cds: Weird Duck and Hungry When I Wake. The Lean In For A Kiss songs are available for purchase). I hope you’ll check it out.

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Jan 14 2008 11:11 PM

Thanks for being a friend.
Best wishes for 2008.

“Lean In For A Kiss”
One of 12 Free mp3s
Vol 3 Digital Sampler

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