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April fools

Just a quick post to say hi to everyone. I’ve had some pretty good weekends lately. Last weekend, my favorite Republican and I built some raised beds for a garden and have some wood we are reusing from the old raised beds for an herb garden. The weather sucked was of low quality this past weekend to do anything more productive outside but we have a lot of plans that include a second hand riding mower and a attachable bucket. There’s the added bonus of not having to use the self propelled lawn mower this year. I like to mow my lawn. Yes, it’s crazy. But it’s also brain therapy monotonous.

Yesterday, I saw Ricky Skaggs. I’m a bluegrass fan. It was so much better than I expected. The band was tight, the musicianship superb and the high lonesome harmony was haunting. If you have a chance to see Ricky Skaggs and the Kentucky Thunder, don’t pass it by. You won’t be disappointed.

Here’s one of the songs they played yesterday. It was a Stanley Brothers original. The vocals are beautiful.

Be back later, y’all.

4 Responses

  1. All I have to say is I hope Mr. Republican was one of those republicans that did not vote for Trump and voted for Hillary.

    • He says he didn’t vote. I believe him. He’s too decent to be a Trump voter.

  2. Ages ago a friend took me to see the Scruggs family play. It was an open-air show on a beautiful spring day on the Emory campus. I loved it, just loved it. Been a huge fan of bluegrass ever since.

    At the time I complained like crazy on the way to the show because I lumped bluegrass in with country, which I didn’t care for so much. Learned the difference though, and eternal thanks to the friend who took me.

  3. That was just lovely.

    I had always enjoyed folk music and I became a big Gordon Lightfoot fan in the late 1970s. Most Americans are familiar with “If You Cold Read My Mind,” “Sunset,” and “Edmund Fitzgerald.” His catalog is much more extensive than those three.

    If you and the fortunate Mr. Republican want to watch two Lightfoot concerts from the comfort of home, there are three on You Tube that I can recommend.

    The first was from 1972 for the BBC and was posted by Murrough McBride. (Others have posted clips from this concert, but this version is of the entire program, which last just over one hour.)

    The second is from 1979 and was a performance in Chicago for the WTTW series “Soundstage.” There are two versions on You Tube, but look for the one posted by “lostvideorecovery.” Since there was no stereo television at the time, a local FM station would simulcast the audio so it was possible to watch on the tv and listen to the audio on stereo. “Lostvideorecovery” combined the tv video and the stereo audio. Both concerts are wonderful to watch.

    You Tube also has a CBC program, from 1968, that someone has posted as the “Wherefore and Why” program which is one of the early songs and is an amazing marriage of music and lyrics.

    Mr. Lightfoot turned 80 last November and he is still touring. We should all be so lucky!

    I’m glad you are doing well!

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