Friday, March 03, 2006
Music: Ely Opry
After the Quincy Jam Session last night, a few of us ... me, Sondra and Andrew ... drove out to Ely to play with the bluegrass group who meets there on Thursday nights. We got there sometime between and . Some of the group had already left or left shortly after ten, but there were quite a few who stayed and played until late. We left around and they were still playing when we left. I met a lot of people, but only remember two names at the moment … John the fiddler and Allen who played the mandolin.
I had a great time. It was just like being back home to me. I grew up playing bluegrass, country and gospel with my family. The whole time I was playing and singing, I could feel myself smiling away. They probably think I’m crazy, but I was just thinking of people. I sang Great Speckled Bird, which was a favorite of both my Grandma and Grandpa Williams, both of whom are gone now. It was just like having them with me again. I could see their smiling faces in my mind while I was singing. Especially Grandpa.
Okay, that just made me cry … but I really had a good time and I’m looking forward to going back.
My big accomplishment of the evening was learning Foggy Mountain Breakdown on my fiddle!! I don’t have it down perfect, but I’ve got a pretty good outline of it and it sounds really cool. One of the banjo players played it. Then he went through it a couple of times slowly and helped me figure out some of the notes and slides. Then another banjo player played it with me three more times and I think it’ll stick. I can play by ear and play along with what’s being played at the time, but for it to stick in my memory, I have to play it a few times … or a lot of times … and then it’s filed somewhere up there in my brain. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always mean that I can find it when I want it!!!!
But it’s there … somewhere!!!!
My Patsy Cline songs were a huge hit!!
We practiced doing chords on the fiddles. Playing my mandolin has really helped me with that. I’ll have to work on that some more.
All in all, a great time. No trouble finding it, but I was a little confused trying to find the right roads back in the dark. I’ll do better next time. J
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