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Sarah Taylor Cook Sings “La Paloma”


I first heard the song “La Paloma” in 1967 during the Farmworker Movement’s Delano Grape Strike. 

Jessica Govea,  a young movement volunteer from Bakersfield California,  could for special occasions of celebration be coaxed into singing “La Paloma”.

Her a cappela rendition mesmerized the audience, so much so, they waited several minutes before the spell she cast abated and they felt free the clap in appreciation.

I never forgot Jessica’s rendition of La Paloma.

Forty-five years later, I asked Sarah Taylor Cook – an accomplished singer/songwriter who as a  child spent several years in the farmworker movement with her parents – if she would create a musical presentation of “La Paloma” for the Syndic Literary Journal.

I could not be more pleased with her arrangement and presentation!

Relax, take a deep breath, and enjoy Sarah Taylor Cook’s presentation of  “La Paloma”.

~ LeRoy Chatfield, Publisher.



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