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Broken serenades for broken things

Posted by Windmill on fire on Thursday, May 3, 2007

So I've been practicing on the banjer every day since I've got it for at least a few hours a day now, much to the chagrin of most of my roommates, but hell it seems like fair revenge for having to suffer through countless episodes of 'the Nanny' and other such laughter-on-command shows.

Still, for the sake of harmony I try to squeeze in as much practicing and piddling whenever nobody's home.

Also, in a burst of optimism about my future progress I've been tweaking on some songs I've written to hopefully create an accompanying melody for them one day. Subjects of the songs?

The Dutch year of disaster (1672)
A certain girl I shall leave unmentioned
And finally the Schreierstoren (Weeping tower in Amsterdam)

And people say I'm a pessimist ...

So how did it go again?

Bum dit-ty....dit....argh!



2 comments on “Broken serenades for broken things”

beniah Says:
Thursday, May 3, 2007 @8:41:00 PM

Cool ideas for songs...epic I would say :)

Let me know when your songs are up- I hope do to some recording when I get my new banjo on Saturday. I'm getting a Deering goodtime and I plan to take off that pesky resonator.

How did you hear about clawhammer? There are some great vids on youtube- check out Clarence Ashley and Dock Boggs for sure (though Dock isn't exactly orthodox). Also, here is that link I mentioned earlier http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nuO7P7y9UGE. Good to meet you!

Windmill on fire Says:
Friday, May 4, 2007 @8:14:04 AM

Thank you, I'll definately post the lyrics to two of them as soon as I'm satisfied with them. One is a bit too much of  a private affair. As for them being epic, you've opened a whole can of worms now as Dutch history is a subject I tend to prat on about endlessly as soon as I get the chance :p.

Basically I'm busy writing a script about an episode of Dutch history which seems to have been erased from the collective memory in this country. The song is an ode to a certain woman whose husband was killed by an angry mob, she herself spat upon ever there after. In spite of this she she never shunned the streets, or her conviction that her husband was a good man. History, though forgotten, would prove her right. There is a lot more to the story of course but all in good time.

The Schreierstoren is a lil' tower off the Amsterdam harbour where women parted from their men as they fought a hopeless war against the British and French fleets. Convinced they'd never see them again a lot of them flung themselves in the water when the fleet was out of sight, to share their husbands deaths.

As for hearing about clawhammer. Sufjan Stevens made me fall in love with the banjo a couple of years ago. While I was in Iowa two years ago I was introduced to some of the styles and clawhammer was the one which truly resonated with me as it seemed more versatile and deeply layered in emotions than the Scruggs style. But that's just me.

I'll definately check out those links. Unorthodox is always good in my books so thank you for forwarding them to me, and if I come upon anything interesting in return I'll make sure to let you know.

Good to meet you too, and hopefully one day you'll be posting the lyrics of those songs you wrote. I'm very curious about them.

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