‘What I Carried’ Volume Seven: With Songs in Their Hearts

In this installment of “What I Carried,” we hear about the songs Nepali and Mexican immigrants brought with them to remind them of home.

Maria Watts’ father Alfredo M. González, an aspiring poet and songwriter, came to the U.S. from Jalisco, Mexico in 1957. He worked multiple odd jobs to make ends meet, but he dreamed of being a recording artist. In 2005 he realized that dream, and shared his best songs with his family.

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Fi2W contributor and Nepali radio producer Sahadev Poudel talks with fellow Nepali immigrant Haree Lamichhane, who plays a special song whenever he misses home.

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Check out Volumes I, II, and III, IV, V, and VI of the “What I Carried” series, and listen to Fi2W Executive Producer John Rudolph talk about the series on the Brian Lehrer Show. Visit Cowbird to browse the entire collection of stories, and please consider adding your own story. It’s easy and it’s free to join Cowbird.

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