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Thread #89700 Message #2936700
Posted By: Arkie
29-Jun-10 - 12:26 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Bright Morning Star
Subject: RE: Origins: Bright Morning Star
Bill D commented on the melody and the version of Bright Morning Stars that was sung on the Music of the Ozarks album published by National Geographic. Since the "old man" mentioned and I shared the same driveway and an occasional sip of Jack Daniels I feel compelled to add my two cents. The Simmons Family sang Bright Morning Stars on the album and they had learned it from Albert Sands. Jimmy's description in the album booklet is a case of being true while not literally accurate. Albert was not what I would call an old man chronologically in those days although his life experiences would be enough to age anyone far beyond their years. Neither did he sing in an old crackly voice. Albert loved music but he was content most of the time to listen to music made by others and he did not sing on stages and for crowds. When he did sing it was for friends and was indeed memorable, and I still tremble a bit when I remember the sound of his voice. I was not present on the memorable night when Albert sang Bright Morning Stars as described in Jimmy's album notes, but I can imagine the effect it had. Though I love the way Tommy, Jean, and Pam Simmons sang "Bright Morning Stars" I cannot help but wish National Geographic or someone had recorded Albert.