I spent last night driving to and from choir practice and this morning driving to work listening to the Bluegrass channel on satellite radio. A lot of people hate bluegrass, but, I love it. Must be because our family’s roots are in Tennessee and Kentucky. I’ve always felt close to bluegrass music. The sound of those close harmonies, fiddle, mandolin, acoustic guitar and banjo are truly amazing.
People often overlook the technical difficulty for a musician who plays traditional bluegrass music. If you ever stop and really listen, you’ll hear some of the “best of the best” playing some amazing passages.
I’m glad there’s a resurgence in interest for the traditional bluegrass music. It’s nice to get my “fix” once in awhile and sing along. Yes, I sing in the car on the way to work (when I’m by myself). That shouldn’t surprise you. I’ve spent most of my life singing in front of people. One of the first songs I remember hearing and learning as a little girl was “This Old House.” Another was “Whispering Hope.” Those songs always remind me of our little family group singing along to my brother playing the guitar. In fact, those songs also remind me of the old Calwood one-room schoolhouse. My brother and sister went to school there, but, I only got to visit. It closed the year before I started to school. There was a lot of singing and guitar playing in that school. Every time I hear “Tiger by the Tail” it makes me smile thinking of my brother, Pete Christopher and Nancy Wright playing and singing it together in grade school.
See what listening to bluegrass on the way to work will get you? Darn it! Now I’ll have “I’ve got a tiger by the tail it’s plain to see…” stuck in my head all day! 🙂