The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #89700   Message #2936303
Posted By: Bill D
28-Jun-10 - 07:01 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Bright Morning Star
Subject: RE: Origins: Bright Morning Star
many are concerned about the wording, but I wish the tune could be validated.

in 2006, Big Jim from Jackson posted:

"On the LP recording that Jimmy Driftwood et al did for National Geographic this song is included. In the notes that Jimmy wrote with the record he indicates that he was not familiar with the song and that he got it from someone with the group of singers who helped in recording the LP."

This is where I first heard the song, and the old man (and group) who sang it did a much simpler tune than the rather complex up & down melody Joe Hickerson and others have promulgated. For the 'feeling' of the song, I have always preferred the simple tune sung on the Nationa Geographic LP. I am sure that good singers will find the other tune more ..ummm.. 'interesting' to do..etc...but I wish more folks would try the simple one. I think it expresses the 'simple country church' idea better.