I had to learn this waltz recently to play at a dance. We didn't wind up playing it, but it's a nice tune anyway and TOTW could use another waltz. This tune was written by Texas fiddler Luke Thomasson around the turn of the 20th century. Actually said to have been composed on the front porch. It was made famous by his son, Benny. You can read more about the history of the tune and see at least a partial discography here: http://www.ibiblio.org/fiddlers/MID_MILK.htm
We played a benefit dinner last evening with another fiddle player, Evelyn Horner. I mentioned putting this tune up on TOTW and we started talking about its history a little, and come to find out she actually knew Benny from when he lived in the Northwest. Evelyn played in western swing bands for many years in the Northwest and knew him from her experience doing that. Small world...
I learned this tune mainly from Mike Iverson's tab seen on his website here (scroll down): http://www.bluesageband.com/Tabs.html I don't play it exactly as written, but it's fairly close.
I hope you all enjoy this tune. I enjoy playing waltzes, and I think this is one of those special ones.
Beautiful tune about water, from one of the driest places in the country.
This is such a contradance classic that it's probably got strong life associations for quite a few BHO members. As for me, I used to play with a fiddling pal on the upper deck of the Peaks Island (Maine) ferry, returning home late after playing evening gigs on the mainland. We generally timed things so that we were playing this one as the ferry pulled into the slip.
Thanks for posting, and for the great banjo waltzing demo.
Thanks for your kind comments. I'm glad that you are liking it. Banjojudy had written me earlier in the year about putting up a tune on TOTW and I was just too busy then. I'm happy with how this worked out because I got to make a recording with some friends of a tune that I probably wouldn't have done back then. It was fun.