Still Playing Music

Though our days, nights, and conversations are filled with the topic of Mule Springs Farm, we are still finding time to play music.

 

In late April we had an unseasonably warm Saturday to gather around the great oak at the barn and play old time fiddle tunes with West Virginia fiddler Jim Ketterman and our Washington friends Tim and Laurie Southworth.

 

Some of the best relationships in life are rich and complicated.  Tim and Laurie not only play music with us, but they also build our dreams. They brought the old barn from a standing skeleton to a fully functioning structure, and in late June they will begin working with us again on the next big project – the building of our home.

Skookum shows off the setting for our mini music festival. A warm day, yet so early in spring the leaves are not yet on the oak tree. Still its bulk provides us with much needed shade.
Jim and Laurie lock in for a tune. The donkeys enjoy the people and the lively music; they stay and graze nearby us for hours.
Skookum enjoys settling into the middle of a jam session. But, he’s ever alert for the warning squeal of a ground squirrel. Then, the music isn’t enough to keep him; he’s off on a hunt. Squirrel You’d Better Dive – a great name for a fiddle tune.
Oh fiddle, the centerpiece of old time music. You make me want to dance; you make me want to live forever –rhythm playing for you.
Laurie, Tim, Jim, and Sher catch the last few tunes of the late afternoon.

 

15 thoughts on “Still Playing Music

  1. looks wonderful there!!
    as good as my memories I think!
    perhaps you picked a good time to have left se
    the begonias are about 6 weeks behind this year
    most things about a month behind
    tourist are on time however

    1. looks wonderful there!!
      as good as my memories I think!
      perhaps you picked a good time to have left se
      the begonias are about 6 weeks behind this year
      most things about a month behind
      tourist are on time however

      how nice to hear from you Bill! I love your comment “tourists are on time.” My goodness if they weren’t KTN would really be in trouble. Seems like the city has lots of neat things – like library and performing arts center- to look forward to. KTN is a special place in all ways -including the weather. LOL I heard it was a tough winter. We have just a few months of good weather to try and sell our house. Sher

  2. Gorgeous photos….you’re ahead of me in so many ways, can’t wait to meet and compare notes…Joan will be in touch, I’ll be in PDX next week and hope we can come your way Monday afternoon or Tuesday? Cindy Jimmerson

    1. Gorgeous photos….you’re ahead of me in so many ways, can’t wait to meet and compare notes…Joan will be in touch, I’ll be in PDX next week and hope we can come your way Monday afternoon or Tuesday? Cindy Jimmerson
      Cindy – I think Monday afternoon or Tuesday will work. Tuesday afternoon may not be as good unless it is early. How fun if you two would visit. 907 254 1862
      Let me know — best Sher

  3. my favorite photo was chippo and ziggy grazing in the background — looks as if they’ve settled right in and are enjoying the music! any chance they can add percussion? (i hesitate to suggest harmony…..)

    1. my favorite photo was chippo and ziggy grazing in the background — looks as if they’ve settled right in and are enjoying the music! any chance they can add percussion? (i hesitate to suggest harmony…..)
      Wouldn’t that be fun. My goodness, I think I need to pursue this. Any chance of sending maracas in little saddle packs, and the donkeys can buck around while we play tunes. Ha. 🙂

    1. Hi! Sher, envy your wonderful life. So beautiful pictures! It looks like heaven.

      Jasmine Hello Jasmine — how nice to hear from you, and thank you for the kind comments. I hope you are doing well in Vancouver. Enjoy summer!
      Sher

  4. This account is so American in flavour, to me. Not that I’m that clued up about South African folk music, but I don’t know that we have anything comparable in this country. Maybe in the black townships, but then it wouldn’t be fiddle music, it would be guitars I suppose.

    1. This account is so American in flavour, to me. Not that I’m that clued up about South African folk music, but I don’t know that we have anything comparable in this country. Maybe in the black townships, but then it wouldn’t be fiddle music, it would be guitars I suppose.

      Yes, it is American, I suppose- Appalachian in character from the east brought from Europe moons ago and made “American mountain music.” The black townships may have had banjos…? Sher

  5. Love, love, love those images, Sher. Appalachian fiddle music? Like from Kentucky? In Oregon? Wow… that would be amaaazing to listen to. So that was *you* on the guitar on the right? Do you all sing as well? Do you make up these tunes, or do you base them on familiar ‘old’ songs?

    1. Love, love, love those images, Sher. Appalachian fiddle music? Like from Kentucky? In Oregon? Wow… that would be amaaazing to listen to. So that was *you* on the guitar on the right? Do you all sing as well? Do you make up these tunes, or do you base them on familiar ‘old’ songs?
      Hi Reggie – yes, that is me on the right with guitar. These tunes are dance tunes for square dances where people gather on a dance floor and a caller calls out the moves with the catchy dance tune in the background leading the dancers on. These tunes are handed down through the generations. If you play old time fiddle music, then you know many of the same tunes, though sometimes they differ a bit by regional styles, and even can differ by a tune being played just like it was played by an old well known fiddler. I play that tune like Tommy Hammond- for example. Many of these tunes have clips of words that singers cry out – like “pretty little girl with the blue dress on, she takes it off, you put it on,” or “all I want to make me happy are two little boys to call me pappy, one called Dan, one called Davy, the one likes ham, the other likes gravy.”
      We learn all the tunes by ear.
      Regions — West Va, N and S Carolina, N Georgia, Kentucky, Virginia…. Blue Ridge Mountains country!
      I hope that helps.
      Sher

    1. The barn looks great! Tim & Lauri do good work! Wish I could have sat in with ya. Thanks Terry- maybe you can play with us at Centraila in August. We plan on going. We hope to break ground on the house late June. Sher

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