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Ulysses' Song · Our Story
In the previous episode of our podcast in Spanish [that you can listen here], Manuel asks Georgina about the text and the illustrations for this tale, which has been in our family for many years. Manuel was very young when his mother told him about Ulysses for the first time. Here is a quick summary:
Georgina explains how simple words are used here to introduce essential emotions that kids can experience and recognise in the music. For the illustrations, she kept them also very simple for children to get inspired and start drawing themselves their stories. Colours convey nature: turquoise blue for the omnipresent Mediterranean, sand-yellow for the beach, green for Penelope who stays in their homeland… In contrast, the Gods -Neptune and Minerva- wear metallic clothes. Finally, Georgina also brings two real anecdotes to prove how Manuel enjoyed this story on his own (with some help from his cassette-player, and how the stories and their music also helped him in learning to read…
The conversation turns into a testimonial of the actual value of this story, and of the benefits of telling kids tales with classical music - including Opera-.
In upcoming episodes, we will come with more stories from Cancionero de Mirlo-A Songbook by Mirlo… We are looking forward to introducing you to Orlando’s Song and Papageno’s Song. We hope to have this ready next month.
Meanwhile, you can have a look at Canción de Ulises in the eBook Cancionero de Mirlo
¡See you Soon!
Mirlo, Manuel y Georgina