Kids Commute - Mermaid Week!

Sep 13, 2017

Kids Commute: It's Mermaid Week!

This week on the Kids Commute - it's Mermaid Week! Come and search for treasure and pearls with us in the watery deep. Meet mermaids of all sorts, from all kinds of places!

EPISODE 7 - The Lovely Sirens (Wednesday, September 13, 2017)

People didn't always think of mermaids as lovely underwater ladies who spent all day pearl hunting. The Ancient Greeks thought of them as monsters, called, "sirens." Sirens were very nice to look at, and had beautiful singing voices...but they lured sailors to wreck their ships on rocks. American composer Stacy Garrop wrote, "The Lovely Sirens," as part of her Mythology Symphony -  it's music that shows both sides of our monster mermaids - beautiful singing that ends in a terrible shipwreck!

Here's today's Kids Commute:


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EPISODE 6 - The Mermaid's Song (Tuesday, September 12, 2017)

Today we'll hear a song written by Austrian composer Franz Josef Haydn. He took a trip to England, and while he was there, he made a friend - a poet named Anne Hunter. She wrote him a poem about a mermaid hunting treasure and pearls beneath the glassy sea.

Here's today's Kids Commute:

Here is the original poem Anne Hunter wrote for Haydn:

Now the dancing sunbeams play
On the green and glassy sea,
Come, and I will lead the way
Where the pearly treasures be.
Come with me, and we will go
Where the rocks of coral grow.

Follow, follow, follow me.

Come, behold what treasures lie
Far below the rolling waves,
Riches, hid from human eye,
Dimly shine in ocean’s caves
Ebbing tides bear no delay,
Stormy winds are far away.

Come with me, and we will go
Where the rocks of coral grow.
Follow, follow, follow me.

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EPISODE 5 - Ondine (Monday, September 11, 2017)

Today, we'll meet an early version of the mermaid, the Ondine. She lives under a lake in a castle made of water. What is her life like in her underground kingdom? Let's try to imagine while we listen to piano music by composer Maurice Ravel.

Here's today's Kids Commute: