Posted by Tom Meisenheimer
- Play count: 96
Size: 3,106kb, uploaded 7/10/2016 11:12:56 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time
Banjos, Pistols, Moonshine. played on an old Saga "kit" with Nylgut strings.
Monday, July 11, 2016 @4:04:16 AM
Enjoyed that! I think I will learn that one this year.
Tom Meisenheimer Says:
Monday, July 11, 2016 @7:13:00 AM
thanks! That is an old one, Pete Seeger even had a mini 33rpm disc with that title back in the day. and it was popular in the Milwaukee coffee houses back in 1959 where I learned it. Have fun with it. The guy in the song probably didn't deserve her loyalty but at least he sang a nice eulogy. I like the idea that she is a ghost. she must have been something to be in awe of. A brace of pistols AND a banjo! Wonder what her whiskey was like.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 @6:26:52 PM
I hope I live long enough to say I've been playing 50+ years. Then maybe I will 'be a natural' at playing.
Tom Meisenheimer Says:
Thursday, July 21, 2016 @7:05:32 AM
There is a "habit of virtuosity" among the OT music crowd that flies in the face of OT music's history. If you are playing, and listening with diligence, you are being natural in the best sense of that word. Old Time(y) music (it was called Folk Music back in the 50s and 60s) is what people "un-schooled" in music played and sang. Especially sang. The first musical instrument was (and is) the voice. Music carries the meaning deeply into the conscious mind. Wether its a murder ballad or a political "rant" or a silly song to amuse children (even today kids seem to get a kick out of the "old maid" verse in Bile Them Cabbage Down) it is better learned and under stood when carried by a tune. There are some great sources for the music that are from the "elders" and persons who lived the culture. The Wolf Collection is one I've come across recently. Music from the Ozarks. I suggest you listen to the field recordings. Some of the songs are familiar but some are unique to the Ozarks. Also listen to Ozark Highland Radio which streams on the 'net. I suggest this course because, as a citizen of the Ozarks I am biased towards our music and in any case if you are serious about learning "vernacular" music, taking a break from the Appalachian focus should prove interesting. Sorry to run on. Should make this a blog.
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