El Mosquito in My Kitchen
El Mosquito in My Kitchen is a bilingual recording for: People who speak English and/ or Spanish Elementary school teachers & librarians Elementary & pre-school age people Parent, grandparents, great grandparents, People who would like to learn more Spanish/English People who speak several styles of song To create El Mosquito, I collected manuscripts of several hundred Mexican and Latin American folksongs. After reading through the music, I selected ten pieces based on their melody and rhythmic structure, then wrote new verses in Spanish and pared the list down to six songs. I completed the project with English language songs composed by my friends and me. Use this recording to Have a good time Lead children in musical movement Take a nap Travel a path inside yourself Experience the mystery of song Remember when your children were young Bake chocolate chip cookies Bio: Don has been performing since appearing at age 5 as the Littlest Angel in an elementary school pageant. He began his professional career as a singer songwriter and recorded half a dozen LPâ€™s. Later, he turned to acting and translating plays and then to storytelling and one man shows. Currently he travels the Southwest performing his song and story shows for schools, theaters and festivals. Sandersâ€™ Latin American repertoire draws on Mexican and Tejano folkloric roots and includes stories of coyotes, mosquitoes and haunted trucks. Donâ€™s great-great grandmother was born in southern Spain, married a Scottish sailor and settled in Florida. Her son, Donâ€™s great grandfather Alex McDonald, came to Texas, cowboyed, roped a bear, and worked as a Harris County Deputy Sheriff. Sanders is a member of the honorary board of directors of the Kerrville Folk Festival and is on the Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Artist Roster. He received a Masterâ€™s in Spanish Literature from the University of Houston and has studied in Mexico, Guatemala and Spain. Born in Houston, Don lives near the center of town, in an old wooden house with his wife and his 16-year-old son.