A night of music

An evening at Fiddler’s Hearth open session is an evening well spent. Playing a variety of Irish melodies, the musicians who partake in these sessions come together to form a welcoming, entertaining environment. Below is a preview of what one could hear when listening to this traditional Irish music. Depending on the night and what…

Interview with Terry Clines (2)

During our interview with Terry, Allie and I got to learn a lot about Mariachi music–not just at Notre Dame, but in general.  We were interested in how their group compares to more traditional Mariachi bands and what qualifies a band as Mariachi.  Below is an excerpt from Terry’s interview.  The conversation started with questions about rules…

Practice Makes Perfect

While sitting in on MariachiND rehearsals, Allie and I were always impressed by the amount of work the group tackles and how far the songs come in just a short, one-hour rehearsal.  Plus, they only meet once a week.  Below is a clip of a song entitled “Matalas.”  We used this song in a previous…

Listen to MariachiND

After talking to Terry and getting more information about the group and their music, it was interesting to go back and listen to our recordings again.  In this upbeat excerpt, it’s easy to hear the guitar holding the beat, being used in the percussive way that Terry mentioned.  Another fun element in this song is the rapid…

Each Instrument Unique

Featured above is a multi-talented musician, Nolan. Nolan is an example of a regular open session member who brings a variety of instruments to the scene each week. During the first session, he played banjo (featured here), flute, and sang an Irish tune a capella.  Each instrument provided a unique sound that contributed to the full,…

A (brief) History of Saris

Saris are the traditional outfits worn by Indian women. They consist of a petticoat, a blouse that is cropped at the midriff, and a piece of fabric that is draped around the waist and over the shoulder. The word sari comes from the Sanskrit word śāṭī meaning “draped fabric.” The origin of the outfit stems from the hot…

A Brief Overview of Hinduism by Raj

Juliette and I had a chance to have a conversation with Prof. Raj Kohli, the President of the Hindu Temple of Michiana. We got a quick lesson in Hinduism and learned about the history of the temple itself! An excerpt from our interview is below. Raj : We adopt and respect every religion. Unlike many…

Fiddler’s Hearth Soloist

At Fiddler’s Hearth open sessions on monday evenings, the instrumentalists mainly play in a group. However, every so often, an instrumentalist will take a moment and play independently. Featured, is a flautist who was new to the group. An except of his solo can be found below. These moments happen suddenly and lend to the…

Send the Light

Send the Light is an undated work written by Charles H. Gabriel. This religious hymn was sung beautifully during Sunday worship in The Zion Mennonite Church. The refrain is the following: “Send the light, the blessed Gospel light; Let it shine from shore to shore! Send the light, the blessed Gospel light; Let it shine…

“Jesus is the Only Way”

Pastor Tom Gearin preached with such power and authority. He seems to have very strong beliefs and enjoys sharing and educating the church community. In this particular part of the sermon, he talks about how Jesus is the only way to God. Additionally, he is a very nice person outside of the church as well….

The best Middle Eastern dancer around!

This wonderful lady is the famous Ruby Jazayre! You may not know it, but she is a well-known and very talented Middle Eastern dancer that spends her free time teaching others about her passion for Middle Eastern dance, otherwise known as belly dance. I have included my favorite parts of our interview which includes her…

The blood, sweat, and tears behind costumes

The picture featured above is of Ruby Jazayre modeling one of the various kinds of costumes in her closet. There are many different kinds of costumes to consider when purchasing a costume in belly dance. This is probably a more common version of the costumes you would see advertised through media. A majority of the…