The World in My Mail Box

The World in My Mail Box

Tony Schwartz FW05562 / FP 62 / FD 5562

Sound archivist Tony Schwartz spent much of his life documenting the sounds of his New York City neighborhood, largely because his agoraphobia prevented him from traveling far from home. Schwartz nonetheless amassed a large collection of recordings from international musicians through audio exchanges via the mail. The World in My Mail Box features music from this exchange. The collection spans a number of continents and ranges from intimate solo vocal performances ("Norwegian student sings") to live club performances ("Song from African nightspot"). The liner notes include some of Schwartz’s correspondence with the performers on the album.

EN ESPAÑOL

El archivero de sonido Tony Schwartz pasó gran parte de su vida documentando los sonidos de su barrio en la ciudad de Nueva York, en gran parte debido a su agorafobia que le impidió viajar lejos de casa. Schwartz, sin embargo acumuló una gran colección de grabaciones de músicos internacionales a través de intercambios de audio a través del correo electrónico.

El mundo en mi buzón contiene la música de este intercambio. La colección abarca varios continentes y rangos de las íntimas interpretaciones vocales solistas (”estudiante noruego canta“) para las actuaciones en vivo del club (”Canción del club nocturno de África“). Las notas incluyen algunas de la correspondencias de Schwartz con los artistas del album.

Year Released 1958
Record Label Folkways Records
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

Copyright 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1958 Folkways Records

Genre(s) Celtic; Children's; Documentary
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101 Introduction - South Dakota Farmer/Song from Pittsburgh Tony Schwartz 3:03
102 Norwegian Student Sings Tony Schwartz 1:21
103 Song from African Nightspot Tony Schwartz 2:40
104 Song from Outlying District Tony Schwartz 2:30
105 Housewife in Ireland Tony Schwartz 1:23
106 Young Haitian Tony Schwartz 1:57
107 Engineer in India Tony Schwartz 3:33
108 Farmwife in New Mexico Tony Schwartz 2:30
109 Private in Ft. Devins, MA Tony Schwartz 3:26
110 Major in Germany Tony Schwartz 0:51
111 Austrian Song Tony Schwartz 1:54
112 American Corporal Tony Schwartz 1:15
113 Guitar from Upstate NY Tony Schwartz 2:05
114 Greek Harmonica Tony Schwartz 3:16
115 Kentucky Dulcimer Tony Schwartz 0:38
116 Peruvian Guitar Tony Schwartz 3:33
117 Sitar from India Tony Schwartz 0:30
118 Flute & Drum from Mexico Tony Schwartz 1:06
119 Flute & Drum from India Tony Schwartz 3:44
120 Closing Comments Tony Schwartz 0:15
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