When The Going Gets Tough...

This episode originally aired September 4, 2010.

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Saturday, November 06, 2010

Everybody feels the pinch during hard times, and it's these moments where creative souls dig even deeper to express themselves.

Folk singer Aunt Molly Jackson was no stranger to the hard life in late 19th century Kentucky, taking responsibility for her siblings after her mother died when she was 6. She had already been taught over 100 folk songs and started to compose some herself, eventually taking a job as a young midwife in a neighboring coal-mining town. Her experience witnessing impoverished families and their struggles, coupled with her no-nonsense, outspoken attitude drove her to write passionate folk songs about the social injustices she encountered.

This week, Aunt Molly Jackson sings Hard Times in Coleman's Mines (recorded in the 1930's). We also hear other composers' takes on difficult times in our lives, including those by Eric Satie, Steve Reich, and Robert Schumann.


Poor Old Joe
Stephen Foster
Uncredited Orchestra
Ray Noble, conductor
Paul Robeson, bass-baritone
Angel/EMI 15586

Hungarian Dance No. 7 in A Major
Johannes Brahms
Maxim Vengerov, violin
Vag Papian, piano
Angel/EMI 57164

Hard Times in Coleman's Mines
Aunt Molly Jackson
Aunt Molly Jackson, vocals
Rounder 1002

Misha Alperin
Misha Alperin, piano
Anja Lechner, cello
ECM 1995

Messe des Pauvres (Mass of the Poor)
Erik Satie
C. Bowers-Broadbent, organ
ECM 1495

Dichterliebe, Op. 48; Ich Grolle Nicht
Robert Schumann
Ian Bostridge, tenor
Julius Drake, piano
Angel/EMI 56575

Nocturne No. 13 in C Minor, Op. 48/1
Frederic Chopin/Jacques Loussier
Jacques Loussier, piano
Telarc 83602

Waltz in f Op 70/2
Frederic Chopin
Artur Rubinstein, piano
RCA 5492

C Jam Blues
Edward K. (Duke) Ellington
Mulgrew Miller, piano
Niels-Henning ├śrsted Pedersen, bass
Bang & Olufsen 01

Different Trains: America - Before the War
Steve Reich
Kronos Quartet
Nonesuch 79394

Meredith Monk
Musica Sacra
Richard Westenburg, conductor
Catalyst 68329

Spanish Suite
Byron Olson/Manuel de Falla/Joaquin Rodrigo
Various Artists
Angel/EMI 54799

Concerto grosso No. 6 in F, Op. 6
Arcangelo Corelli
The English Concert
Trevor Pinnock, conductor
Archiv 423626

Concerto Grosso
Philip Glass
Beethoven Orchester Bonn
Dennis Russell Davies, conductor
Orange Mountain Music 004

Hard Times in Coleman's Mines
Aunt Molly Jackson
Aunt Molly Jackson, vocals
Rounder 1002

Music Knows No Boundaries
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Heads Up 3083

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