The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #137429   Message #3143768
Posted By: Janie
27-Apr-11 - 10:04 PM
Thread Name: The essence of the music to folks
Subject: RE: The essence of the music to folks
Elkins, WV, circa 1975.   A music party at the house where I was staying for some winter festival. Falling asleep (passing out?) in a big overstuffed arm-chair to the sound of the fiddles, banjos, guitars, upright bass, mandolins and plaintive harmonies. Awakening a couple of hours later to the same sounds, feeling sated and at peace and knowing where the dreams had originated.


No longer a regular church goer, but the musical rituals of an Episcopal service - the congregation may falter on unfamilar hymns if the choir isn't there - but when it comes time to sing the psalm, the sanctus and the doxology, you know you are part of a community, regardless of your reasons for being there to begin with.

Singing, clogging and dancing reels at the nearly 24 hour party after my sister Kaye's wedding. Singing, clogging and dancing reels at the wake after she died - not planned, but old friends who hadn't come together in 15 years showed up with instruments in hand, knowing it was the appropriate way to celebrate her life.