My favorite modern day singer/songwriter has never shied away from telling it like he sees it. I love his voice, I love his music, and his heart. And I really love the way he expresses his views on what is right and wrong. Years ago, songs on Columbine and 9/11 really went straight to my core. He's about to release a new album...I just listened to a demo acoustic version. And again, one song really stood out to me. Straight from the heart, no holding back.
I play Old Time banjo. Much has been written, by some of the best in the field, to explain what that is, exactly. I won't try ...suffice it to say that it is music that's been around a while, and it gets you to move your feet.
Like many genres, Old Time has it's standards, it's "chestnuts" that you must learn to play to have any credibility as a player, but then you must not play, especially at a jam, because everybody is tired of it. Old Joe Clark is one of the best examples of such a song.
In the 1970s, John Hartford, one of the best banjo players, and entertainers, to come along in a while, decided that Bluegrass (child of Old Time music) was getting a bit stodgy, and he started modernizing it, and taking it in a new direction. His version of Old Joe Clark turned the character into something like the hero of Monty Python's "Life of Brian". And...poof!
Today was my grandmother's 100th Birthday. She wanted to have a party on the beach, so we met there with her this afternoon, for an absolutely gorgeous day on the Silver Strand, near San Diego Bay. Perfect temperatures, sunny day, pleasant little breeze, and an amazing backdrop of crystal blue water on one side, and towering thunderstorms over the mountains on the other.
Last night, AZ Sphinx Moth and I hosted an Old Time music jam at our house. We have a good view of the fireworks from our front yard, as well as a really nice porch, and a good livivng room for a jam, in case of weather.
Sphinx Moth made the goodies...a Greek yogurt, cucumber dip made from the first cucmber from her world famous strawbale garden, with garlic and dill that she grew, to finish it off. She and our grand-daughter made festive chocolate cupcakes, with strawberry, blueberry, and white icing stars for topping. Various liquid refreshments, chips, etc. rounded out the spread.
One of the really fun things about the meeting was that we officially met Itsadryheat, by accident. He was one of the guests, and we had met before, but it wasn't until he saw the garden, and recognized AZ Sphinx Moths work, that he put two and two together, and figured out who we were. I had been to his house, but in another jam situation, and even though I knew where Itsadryheat lived, I never made the connection.
So we had music in the living room, and then moved to the front porch, and then watched the fireworks, and then stuffed ourselves with some really good food. One of these days, we'll have to try it again and get Paul Ferguson to join us...I think that might be a quorum.
Hope everyone else had a festive fourth!
Yesterday, OPOL posted a diary calling for a fundamental change in our society, and our way of thinking. I would like to propose a theme song. It is from an Old Time/Bluegrass band called Old Crow Medicine Show, but like OPOL, commonly known by an acronym, OCMS.
That's all I've got...short and (I hope) sweet. Gotta go adjust the valves on my bus now, while it is still cool.
Last August, I wrote a diary about the Cupeño band, how they had been removed from their land in 1903, and how they had a chance to actually buy it back. They had been saving their share of money from a joint venture casino with another tribe, for the sole purpose of eventually buying back their homeland. I was anxious, and somewhat hopeful that they would be successful. They were not.
I came home last night, after four days on the road, to find that our newly elected Sheriff of Cochise County has recently joined the bandwagon of at least 242 County Sheriffs vowing to refuse to enforce any unconstitutional new gun laws. To reassure us of his commitment to protecting our rights, he wrote a guest editorial for the local newspaper. More details below the emblem of convoluted logic.
Just the story of yet another shooting tragedy. Two boys, playing in the house, find a gun, one of them dies. 'Just the facts, Ma'am.' Follow me below the powder flash.
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