The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #148466   Message #3449314
Posted By: Carly
08-Dec-12 - 01:40 PM
Thread Name: Jean Ritchie Turns 90
Subject: RE: Jean Ritchie Turns 90
Dear Jean,

When I acquired my first dulcimer, no one I knew had even heard of such a thing, much less how to play it. Your dulcimer book, dear Jean, opened a musical world for me. I was about 11 years old. Not long after, I heard you sing, and since then, over the course of almost 50 years, I have been privileged to have heard you sing and spend time with you on several occasions.

I am among thousands who have learned songs and tunes from you, keeping the music alive. You have also provided a clear and loving picture of the place from which you brought these treasures; your family and the Cumberlands. You have quietly, profoundly influenced me in many ways, as you have done for many, many others. Thank you for that. And Happy Birthday!

Carly Gewirz