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A Tune for Marion

Posted by Pine Cone


- Play count: 378

Size: 1,306kb, uploaded 12/18/2008 9:30:37 PM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen

This one is for my Mom who died last month after fighting Alzheimer's for almost 20 years. I originally bought this Frank Proffitt banjo in 1964 and was too poor to get a case for it (I was 14 at the time) so my Mom made me a soft case out of upholstery Naugahide. I played this tune in a medley at her service. Recorded on a Tascam DP-004.

4 comments on “A Tune for Marion”

FiddlerFaddler Says:
Monday, December 22, 2008 @9:20:47 PM

I'm real sorry about the loss of your mom.  I think it is really neat how she was supportive of your banjo playing, and I think it was fitting that you should play banjo at her farewell.  Nice tune, too.

Pine Cone Says:
Monday, December 22, 2008 @9:39:51 PM

Thanks for the kind words.

She was a wonderful woman, and always supported me emotionally and otherwise.  That banjo was paid for with a lot of lawn mowing and other chores.  Both she and my dad tried hard to convince me that I could do pretty much anything if I tried hard enough.  My siblings played guitar, and being the youngest I had to do something different.  I first heard lots of banjo playing and other folk music at the UCLA Folk Festival in 1963. 

ViolaRae Says:
Monday, March 16, 2009 @9:41:33 PM

You won't even remember, but you were about to buy a Kay banjo.  I talked you into coming with me to see this weird one, with no frets but made a BEAUTIFUL wood, for about the same price.  You liked the note on it about its genuine beaver belly head (held in place with a ring of galvanized tin or iron). -- Yer big sis

cbcarlisle Says:
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @7:14:14 PM

I lost my mom a few years ago and she made some cases for me, too. I'm surprised we haven't met: I was at UCLA in '63 just before I started working for my rich Uncle Sam. My sister lives in Mt. Ranch, out of San Andreas and I have lots of friends in the great Northwest.
--Curt Bouterse

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