Saturday, February 4, 2012

the remedy

So what is the cure for bad news, disappointment, and despair? Music. Today was the Mountain Music workshop here at the farm and it was exactly what I needed. I will write more about it later, I promise. Right now, I just want to say that a day spent teaching, playing, and listening to mountain music cured this woman's heavy heart. It will do it every time. I had a wonderful afternoon with the folks who came from New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York to learn the basics of dulcimer, fiddle, and banjo by the woodstove. Thank you all for being part of this day.

For the now, let me share this video of some damn good clawhammer banjo. Julie Dugan came by for lunch and a concert. She talked about banjo for a while, its history and place in our culture, and then played between frailing lessons and stories. Here is a short video of her playing a fine tune on her knockdown banjo.

23 Comments:

Blogger Jamie said...

Wow, that was fantastic. Thanks for sharing!

Glad you had such a nice day, you deserved it!

February 4, 2012 at 4:41 PM  
Blogger farmgirlwanabe said...

Fantastic - wish I could have been there - yes you definitely deserved the day

February 4, 2012 at 4:47 PM  
Blogger Debi said...

Wow...she's amazing, and by the looks of it, George seemed to think so to!

Glad you're feeling better!

February 4, 2012 at 4:55 PM  
Blogger Moose Hollow Farm said...

I just loved the concert ~ such talent!! My grandmother used to play the banjo and I loved to watch her and my uncle who played the ukelele. Such wonderful memories. Hope you're feeling better ~ tough luck with your pigs but things will brighten up!!

February 4, 2012 at 5:47 PM  
Blogger Moose Hollow Farm said...

I just loved the concert ~ such talent!! My grandmother used to play the banjo and I loved to watch her and my uncle who played the ukelele. Such wonderful memories. Hope you're feeling better ~ tough luck with your pigs but things will brighten up!!

February 4, 2012 at 5:50 PM  
Blogger celticali said...

Great stuff! Wish I lived closer, im originally fae Bonny Scotland,but now live in Ca..love you're blog...

February 4, 2012 at 6:47 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

Wow, that was great! Nice to see Big Giant George enjoying the workshop!!

February 4, 2012 at 7:15 PM  
Blogger Karen L. said...

As the song says "Some days are diamonds, some days are stone". So glad that after the "stone day" you had yesterday, you got to see, hear, and feel diamonds. Enough said! (Oh and what a huge cat that is!!! Yes, I know you told us that but geez, he is gigantic and apparently a music lover like you.)

February 4, 2012 at 7:35 PM  
Blogger georgie said...

Very nice and it was especially sweet to see George and Gibson relaxed and enjoyingg the music too

February 4, 2012 at 7:53 PM  
Blogger Victoria Nidetch said...

Wonderful music! Are you sure that's a cat and not a small pony?

February 4, 2012 at 8:42 PM  
Blogger damnyankee said...

Great stuff. George is lovin' it too. He's made himself right at home.

February 4, 2012 at 8:44 PM  
Blogger pawsfurme said...

Awesome playing! Glad you had a good workshop to turn things around a bit. Looked like a nice turn-out.

My word George is huge! Written descriptions can only go so far, but that clip really put it in perspective!

February 5, 2012 at 1:45 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

GEorge is not small...25-27 pounds of fat cat.

February 5, 2012 at 6:22 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

The whole day was wonderful. Thank you, Jenna!!

February 5, 2012 at 7:02 AM  
Blogger farmgirljen said...

Music is my balm on lousy days, too. Nice to see King George holding court there, also. Does Lily ever come out, or do groups of folks send her back behind the washer? Poor girl. Wish I lived closer than Iowa, cause I would have loved, loved, loved to come and bring my fiddle for a lesson. I'm hoping maybe this summer to try to make a little trip to one of your seminars. That would also be good balm for the soul.

February 5, 2012 at 7:39 AM  
Blogger seagoddess said...

I love the cat just hanging out by her feet; that was cool and glad you enjoyed your day!

February 5, 2012 at 8:45 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

thanks elizabeth (she is an amazing fiddler!) Loved meeting you and Weez. Looking forward to hanging again at Meat and Beer, bring your instruments

February 5, 2012 at 9:08 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Lilly is getting braver! She was sitting in the middle of the mudroom the other day! She loves being scratched and I think she made it to the dog bowl this week in the kitchen. She's okay, and will come out of her shell.

February 5, 2012 at 9:09 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

it amazes me how totally opposite George and Lilly are.

February 5, 2012 at 9:09 AM  
Blogger Erin Frase said...

Glad you ended up having a good day, Jenna! I highly recommend attending your workshops for anybody who may be on the fence about it. You're a great hostess and have surrounded yourself with people who are fonts of knowledge who also happen to be really, really nice. Dave and I had a blast last weekend at the Black Sheep workshop. Thanks for everything! (There's a pile of wool drying in our kitchen on an old milk crate.)

February 5, 2012 at 9:58 AM  
Blogger Kate said...

Music is magic!

February 5, 2012 at 10:13 AM  
OpenID meatbagz said...

SOOOOOOOOO sorry to hear that all your hard work with the piggies didn't end up the way it should have, but DAMN, banjos make everything better, don't they? thank you so much for sharing that-i am in awe!

-kate

February 5, 2012 at 10:19 AM  
Blogger Lara said...

I get that beach ball analogy now about George. Julie is amazing—you’re lucky to have someone like her close by! …sounds like she stepped right out of the hills and into your living room—inspiring stuff on her website too. Thanks for sharing!

February 5, 2012 at 11:32 PM  

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