Sunday, October 07, 2007

If They Play It, I Will Come.......


One of the first things I do when I move to a new town, is seek out fellow old-time musicians. This was a difficult task when we lived in Maryland, as the Appalachian culture wasn't quite thriving there, even though we were still in the Appalachian mountains. But it didn't take long in our new town....

Old-time musicians are usually some of the friendliest and welcoming folks around... and they love to have other people sit in and play with them. Traditional music lends itself to group playing...sitting around and 'jamming'... and the more the merrier.



At the dawning of our second month here, I met my new friend, Fiddlegirl, at the church we've been attending. We immediately hit it off, and she gushed that I was an answer to prayer, as she had wanted to start an 'all-girl' group and had yet to meet many female musicians that loved traditional music. She already plays at local coffee shops and jams, but wanted some others to sit in with her.

We spent some time playing and picking on her porch in preparation for this Friday night jam and we made our big 'debut'. To tell you the truth, she's an answer to my prayers, too, as playing music feeds my soul... but I don't do it regularly. I only tend to play if I have others to play with.

It may not be the Friday Night Jamboree, but I am so glad to have found that the music scene is alive and kicking in our little community..... and will hopefully continue to grow!

11 comments:

Moi said...

That's lovely Blue......
I remember when I just started visiting your blog (sometime in April this year, I guess), you talked about gathering enough nerves and performing at a meet and now it's like seeing you come into your own :)
I am so happy for you and all the "debuts" you make in life :)

brandy said...

I'm so glad you're finding a place in your new place. :-)

June said...

How wonderful for you to have connected with your local soul mates! You're jam session looks like it was lots of fun...you say it's no Friday Night Jamboree, but it sure looks like there's enough of a community to make some good music and have some good times. It sure makes me wish I knew how to play an instrument. I'm really happy for you, Blue.

photowannabe said...

It seems that the Lord gives the desires of your heart. You sound like you have found "home".
Wish I coul hear you all having so much fun jammin...

backpakker said...

Thats lovely..to have a nice small musical community on your own ...

JAM said...

This world is filled with so many talented people. Our church used to have somewhat of an open mike night one Sunday night per month and we were always in awe of the folks that would step out of the congregation to sing or play something. Inspiring.

Elise said...

What a blessing for you! And you are a blessing to others - not hiding away, but stepping out and expanding your borders to include everyone! Love it!

Rowdy said...

That's simply great. And it is always to know that you get something of your liking in the new place.

Kalyan said...

It was lovely reading & nice to know that you have such an wonderful musical community...so nice to know about your good work!

For the link of Mahalaya, I will recheck it somedays later as I am away from my place & a bit too busy & will let you know about it then. Thanks:)

Mike said...

Very neat! I want a copy of your CD when it comes out!

Mike

Shantanu said...

Great blog! Love the places you live in; seems like a world apart from the cramped cities I live and work out of. Have been going over your blog posts...will return to read the older ones too.