malvina reynolds

malvina reynolds

intro’d to her voice via Carol Black‘s (end song) schooling the world.

more about Malvina:

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Malvina Reynolds (August 23, 1900 – March 17, 1978) was an American folk/blues singer-songwriter and political activist, best known for her song-writing, particularly the songs “Little Boxes” and “Morningtown Ride”.

A film biography, Love It Like a Fool, was made a few years before she died in 1978. Reynolds’ most famous song, “Little Boxes” (made famous by Pete Seeger), has enjoyed renewed popularity by being featured in Showtime’s TV series Weeds. “Little Boxes” was inspired visually by the houses of Daly City, California. Nancy Reynolds Schimmel, daughter of Malvina Reynolds, explained:

“My mother and father were driving South from San Francisco through Daly City when my mom got the idea for the song. She asked my dad to take the wheel, and she wrote it on the way to the gathering in La Honda where she was going to sing for the Friends Committee on Legislation. When Time Magazine (I think, maybe Newsweek) wanted a photo of her pointing to the very place, she couldn’t find those houses because so many more had been built around them that the hillsides were totally covered.”

In her later years, Malvina Reynolds contributed songs and material to PBS’s Sesame Street, on which she made occasional appearances as a character called “Kate.”

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re-intro’d to song with this clever version: little boxes – walk the earth