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Posted by PaulKirby on Wednesday, August 27, 2008

The girls are out shopping, the boys are at home watching TV/blogging. The gig the other night was great. The Marble House Boys took a big step forward in getting a handle on this music we're playing. There were many fewer notes and much more music, the singing was very good.

The people loved us. I'm always astonished how well this music goes over here. It's not only that it goes over, it's like the people that we play for look like they're being fed after a long period of hunger. We were part of a prayer service/concert and we had to come up with about 4 new gospel tunes, which we did and which went really well. The pastor that officiated was really fun: friendly and holy at the same time. My introductions went pretty well, and we're finding a really loose, funny way of dealing with each other on stage.

I had lots of talking to do, introducing the style of music, the performers, the history of each tune and giving a basic translation into Norwegian, which I did without any notes at all. There are bound to be accidents. One in particular was when I was trying to say 'kosteskaft' and actually said 'kosestang' in church. I'll translate that by personal email if you don't speak Norwegian. Anyway, about half of the audience heard me say 'kosestang', the pastor included. I didn't know what I was saying so I said it good and loud and earnest and proud and friendly. Tough being a foreigner.

3 comments on “Kosestang”

robin jones Says:
Wednesday, August 27, 2008 @5:41:11 AM

Bluegrass seems to appeal to people no matter their musical preference. I know people who've come into the fold from pop, what passes for country, rock, and even jazz. Now I know of an opera guy, and a pro at that, that likes grass. Maybe it's because the music is so honest, or authentic, that it's hard for any music lover to resist.

Congrats on your side project. The "oops" is hilarious.

Jane C Says:
Wednesday, August 27, 2008 @9:49:43 AM

Well I can only find a translation for kosteskaft which is broomstick, so I can imagine the other word : ) Glad your gig went so well Paul.

PaulKirby Says:
Wednesday, August 27, 2008 @11:38:26 AM

Yes, you're on the right track.

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