A song improvised on the spot by Sara Bouchard, vocal, and Alan Biller, guitar. The words are based on a transcription of a Cherokee myth.
From "Cherokee History, Myths and Sacred Formulas" by James Mooney:
There is another story of a girl who, every day when she went down to the spring for water, heard a voice singing, Kûnu'nu tû'tsahyesǐ', Kûnu'nu tû'tsahyesǐ', "A bullfrog will marry you, A bullfrog will marry you." She wondered much until one day when she came down she saw sitting on a stone by the spring a bullfrog, which took the form of a young man and asked her to marry him. She consented and took him back with her to the house. But although he had the shape of a man there was a queer bullfrog look about his face, so that the girl's family hated him and at last persuaded her to send him away. She told him and he went away, but when they next went down to the spring they heard a voice: Ste'tsǐ tûya'husǐ, Ste'tsǐ tû'yahusǐ', "Your daughter will die, Your daughter will die," and so it happened soon after.
I am a multi-disciplinary artist and songwriter with a strong foothold in American roots. As an artist, I investigate ways
to interact with and represent the American landscape through song. As a musician, I perform original and traditional tunes - drawn from bluegrass, old-time, jazz, country and blues - with my band SALT PARADE....more