The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #49391 Message #745506
Posted By: Barry Finn
09-Jul-02 - 09:32 PM
Thread Name: Obit: Singer Barbara Carns (July, 2002)
Subject: RE: OBIT: Barbara Carns
So sorry to hear she's gone on. I first met her in the mid 70's sometime, at a small music fest in Plymouth, Mass held next to the Mayflower. I had enjoyed folk music since the 60's but only sung to the sound of a shower, didn't know if I had a voice or not, never gave it much thought. During a small informal workshop I mentioned to her that I remembered something similar to what she just sang. She asked me to sing what I knew. No way, I never sang with people before & didn't figure on doing it then either. She just made it so easy to try that I gave it a go. As easy as she made it for me to try, she made it just as easy for me to keep at it with just the right kind of encouragement. Probably a little less than 20 yrs later, at NEFFA she was at a workshop I was doing, on prison work songs. In that same manner as before she came to me & said how much she enjoyed herself & thanked me (I'm sure she didn't remember me from yrs back but I sure rememebered her). To her surprised I said it was me who should be thanking her & if she enjoyed herself that much she only had her self to thank and not me. I told her this story & like before as easy as she made it for me to tell it was just as easy, I think, for her to hear it. I'm so glad I got the chance to thank her then & I'm so lucky to have had a few encounters with her. I can't begin to imagine how much she must've been loved or how much she'll be missed. May all the powers above bless her & all who loved her.