Bonaparte's Retreat

by Dogwood Daughter

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I've been toying with going back to my roots and recording some of the old melodies and songs I used to love when I was a little girl singing and playing the mountain dulcimer. This was and still is one of my favorite melodies: Boney's Retreat. 'Boney' refers to none other than Napoleon Bonaparte. I'm thinking perhaps I'll end up recording a whole album of the old Appalachian music I grew up with.

As an aside, I read the other day that the Empress Josephine was from Martinique and the bay there was known as 'Josephine's Bathtub.' Josephine was a widow when Napoleon met her. Her first husband had been guillotined. Josephine was scheduled to be guillotined herself and was imprisoned for five days. She was saved by the abrupt end of the Reign of Terror. When Napoleon met her, the young widow was wearing, as was the style, a red ribbon around her neck signifying that she had escaped being beheaded. Napoleon fell in love with her at first meeting.


released June 16, 2017



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Dogwood Daughter Oak Ridge, Tennessee

I'm Dogwood Daughter, also known as Lily Cat Music for Kids, Martha and Mom. I work from my little studio behind my house in the Cumberland Mountains. I'm a one woman operation: I write all the music and lyrics, play and sing all parts. I record for my general audience as Dogwood Daughter and produce children's music as Lily Cat Music for Kids. LOTS of music on my website, please visit! Thanks. ... more

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