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This song and narrative about the song was sung by Cassandra Marsillo in a ground-level room at Drop Forge and Tool in Hudson, NY. Cassandra is a Canadian citizen in her early twenties, has grown up in Montreal, Quebec and is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Ottawa, Ontario. Cassandra sings two versions of the song, Edelweiss, from The Sound of Music – the first version was the song itself and the second version was how her father would sing it two her sister and herself when they were children. Cassandra describes the first time her father inserted “little girls” in place of “edelweiss” and the desire by both her and her sister that if / when they would marry, they each wanted Edelweiss to be the first song played at the reception in which they would dance with their father.
This interview may be of interest to those who want to hear a personal interpretation of a popular song; who want to survey father/daughter relationships; sister relationships; legacy of once-popular culture.
Walter Hergt is a multimedia documentarian, a carpenter, a repeat student at Oral History Summer School in Hudson, New York, and works with The Watershed Center where he lives in Millerton, New York. Walter identifies as a white male and is in his mid-forties.
This interview is hereby made available for research purposes only. For additional uses (radio and other media, music, internet), please click here to inquire about permissions.
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