The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #8916 Message #173305
Posted By: Lonesome EJ
03-Feb-00 - 11:57 PM
Thread Name: Songs of the American Civil War
Subject: RE: Songs of the American Civil War
In the article I sited, mention was made of Tenting To Night. The name was familiar to me, but it wasn't until I read the lyrics in the DT and downloaded the tune that it came back to me. On long hot summer nights, my Mom's family would gather on the porch of my Grandpa's house to tell stories, play games and sing songs as the lightning bugs danced in the darkness. Tenting was one of the songs they sang. Perhaps my Grandpa learned from his Dad who served in the Rebel army. Maybe they learned it from the old player piano rolls he had. At any rate, the simple act of accessing the DT to get the words and tune connected me once again to those people, that time. I suppose that is the real magic in Folk Music..that connection.