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Mary Z. Cox
@mary-z-cox
04/09/21 09:19:25AM
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How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?


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Hi !

the destribution in Florida has been excellent . Bob & I got our vaccines in February from the health department & the vaccine seems readily available to anyone who will go get it .  
Even though the media claims disparity in the distribution—a look at the income level & rates of distribution county by county are eye opening . For instance —st.John’s County—richest in the state has a 72% vaccine rate & Leon County —only 28 in income levels also has 72%  And Gadsden —one of the poorest counties —around 60 % and that’s probably because there is a younger population there .

A lot of folks want to make a political argument out of vaccine distribution & there has definitely been favoritism —especially in the early stages—but from a pragmatic POV—the lower age requirements & fast distribution to all has actually worked well for everyone except folks in isolated rural areas who may have no one to bring them in . But by getting everyone who can arrive first —it will get to the harder to reach areas sooner too . 
Actually Leon county has gone right in to all sides of town to offer all Covid services —especially the poorer sections . 
Yes—I’m pretty sure some of the richer retirement communities got theirs first —but they got in fast —got it done & moved on to the rest of us very quick :)

Mary Z. Cox
@mary-z-cox
03/29/21 02:59:36PM
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Show Us Your Pets!


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Thanks for asking. Elvis passed last June at 15 (he had a tumor on his aorta & finally his back broke) but he had an excellent last year with several beach camping trips & a fall mountain excursion in which he was able to escape and join old man McCalls bear hunting dog pack for a night of intense hound excitement. (they were poaching on our land) But he was like a puppy until the last month or two.  We have been 9 months without a basset & just got Charley last week.  He is one of the most intelligent puppies I have ever seen & Bob & I feel like new parents again.

Keep picking,

Mary Z. Cox


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Mary Z. Cox
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02/01/21 09:50:27PM
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Update —our little granddaughter (Violet Juniper Hyder) came 5 weeks early on Jan 23 & she is home with her parents—she is very tiny 4 lbs 11oz .and they are allowed no visitors because she is a preemie & because of the virus—but we may be allowed to see her after she gains a pound or two . Bob & I had the 2nd Phitzer vaccine last week & we are both recovering from surgeries last week —we are a little sleepy but doing just fine & we are taking gifts & supplies over to the kids on Friday even though we can’t go inside yet .

i’ve been working on a baby quilt for Violet since it’s a little cold & rainy outdoors & have been playing my dulcimer & cello banjo a little . 
As far as we have heard—Covid vaccines seem to be going well in Tallahassee & they have given out both Moderna & Phitzer & many friends & neighbors have already had 2nd vaccines . We got ours at the drive through at the health department . They gave us both right in the car—2 at a time . It was very well organized & everyone in masks & we didn’t even feel the first shot — the second one was a little heavier —but neither of us had any reactions . Everyone is still masking in Tallahassee & keeping their distance & no big events . Their are a few open places but we don’t go there right now .

If you read this—let me know where you are located & if you have got your vaccines yet?

Love & blessings,

Mary Z Cox

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Mary Z. Cox
@mary-z-cox
01/16/21 10:30:32AM
58 posts

How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?


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Hello All,

The fruit tree post was wonderful . Our 3 Meyers Lemon Trees are heavy this year & so is our pink grapefruit tree :) I’ve been busy in the kitchen & put up 12 pints of Lemon marmalade . It takes almost a full day for only 6 pints . We have tried to encourage our neighbors to pick—but most of our usual pickers are staying indoors because it is cold & rainy. Also everyone in our neighborhood is having a bumper year for lemons —so it is difficult to find them homes :)

My good dulcimer news is I’ve been having fun experimenting in EAA & working out many A old time tunes  —having fun with Grub Springs Waterbound Shenandoah Falls  & Crockets honeymoon :)

Also had some frets pulled on my black walnut MMD & greatly enjoying playing it again :)

Here is some of our good news for this year (not going to mention any troubling or sad news because we all got plenty of all that )

1. Bob & I are finally going to be grandparents —Violet Juniper Hyder is due in February . This is our Daughter Natalie & Husband Will’s miracle baby & is the only grandchild on either side of the family . So far she is growing well, active & healthy & looked good in the genetic testing too —she’s already 4 lbs & the size of a cauliflower :)  and Bob has quit drinking so he will be allowed to hold her—which is improving his health too :)

2. Bob & I have been fortunate in we live in Tallahassee which is easy to stay inside & to also have outdoor activities that are isolated in natural beauty —so we have not caught the virus . We got our first vaccines last Saturday from the local health department & have our follow up on the 30th :)

3. Looking forward to camping & festivals this summer & hope we’ll all be out & about & picking again :)

Hope everyone here is safe & well & picking a few new happy tunes too :)

Love & blessings,

Mary Z. Cox


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Mary Z. Cox
@mary-z-cox
03/18/20 10:27:27PM
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Tallahassee is pretty shutdown--FSU gone remote, public schools closed, bars, clubs closed, restaurants--take out only. Groceries open but shelves getting empty.  Spending a lot of time cooking, writing a new mountain dulcimer book, getting ready for a new mountain dulcimer recording, learning some new tunes and songs.

My local gym is closed--so I've become the fitness director for Elvis (my 15 yr old basset hound) He walked 4 miles yesterday --but only 2 today.  I miss my zumba classes--so have a plan to teach him zumba in the kitchen while I'm cooking.

Yesterday--I made Meyers Lemon marmalade--because I still have lots of Meyer's lemons on my trees and it turned out wonderful.  :)

Trying to update some of my profiles on pages that haven't been updated in years & updating pix.

Zumba??? Now you want me to Zumba? I'm not going to pose with that dulcimer again--not enough milk bones in the world for that :) If you make beef stew again--can I lick the crockpot ?


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updated by @mary-z-cox: 03/18/20 10:35:24PM
Mary Z. Cox
@mary-z-cox
11/08/13 10:20:21PM
58 posts

Your "Dream Dulcimer?


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Okay--I've got many dream dulcimers & this is my newest one--love the wormy chestnut and of course the old man carved head--I really do like the little carved heads on dulcimers

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Mary Z. Cox
@mary-z-cox
05/07/13 08:09:09PM
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Actually--just learn Spinal tap's "Gimme Money"--put out your hat and play it over and over :)

Pound notes, loose change, bad checks--anything!

:)mzc

Mary Z. Cox
@mary-z-cox
05/07/13 08:06:41PM
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12 is plenty--actually 2 is enough --one fast and one slow--just play each one for a long time--people are walking by and will seldom pause for even a whole tune :)

Mary Z. Cox
@mary-z-cox
01/07/13 03:32:02PM
58 posts

I think I'm In trouble here! Bought yet another dulcimer


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Congrats on your new dulcimer. IMHO--it is very normal to enjoy playing your new dulcimer. Everytime a new dulcimer arrives at my home--it gets lots of playing and attention. :) Fortunately, I don't have an additive personality--but instead, I'm very active in dulcimer, banjo, and guitar rescue--a compassionate and humanitarian calling

mzc

Mary Z. Cox
@mary-z-cox
12/23/12 07:00:37PM
58 posts

Have you met other FOTMD's in real life and become friends?


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There are a lot of wonderful folks that I know that are on fomd -- but I met them all first somewhere else :)I did meet a total stranger on fb and we ended up loaning him our mountain cabin, then my husband and I stayed with him in his home for 2 weeks in Quimper , France and he stayed with us again thIs year for 2 weeks in Tallahassee, and now he is getting ready to retire to Martinique in a year or two -- and of course, we are invited for an extended stay :) I've also met some great folks on banjohangout, and have stayed with them in their homes and become good friends. :)We are so lucky to meet so many wonderful folks wherever we go and have had the double fortune to remain friends for many years :)Happy Holidays :)
Mary Z. Cox
@mary-z-cox
12/09/12 12:35:07AM
58 posts

Ho Ho Ho and here I go again- buying another dulcimer!


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Cedar and walnut sounds very nice :) Nothing like a new dulci under the tree!

:)MZC

Mary Z. Cox
@mary-z-cox
11/27/12 07:48:00AM
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Throw in a few more bucks and you can order one of the mid range McSpaddens and select your own favorite woods. Also, David at Modern Mountain Dulcimers, makes a regular sized dulcimer where the back and sides are some kind of red wood -- that sounds and plays really nice.Also, several folks on this list and myself have all ordered dulcimers from Mike Clemmer and although you will pay a few more bucks-- you will get to choose your woods and style which lets you have a more special dulcimer. Also-- I have two of Paul Conrad's intarsia dulcimers-- which play and sound good too-- take a look and listen to some of my video clips here to hear and see them. Getting to know Paul is worth the extra bucks :)Hope this helps,Mary Z CoxPs. IMHO 300 buys a good beginning dulcimer, 400--700 an excellent intermediate dulcimer, 700 + -- you get into pro models and very special dulcimers :)
Mary Z. Cox
@mary-z-cox
10/16/12 11:56:32PM
58 posts

Crock Pot Beer Chicken


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That sounds really good. Think we used to make a similar recipe like that years ago and it was really good. We also used to make that beer bread-- and it was so yummy because the beer tasted like yeast in the bread. :)
Mary Z. Cox
@mary-z-cox
09/07/12 01:11:27PM
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Sassafrass is awesome-- got two dulcimers with sassafras :) one is cherry & sassafras, the other walnut & sassafras. If the sassafras is new, you will also have the pleasure of your dulcimer smelling like root beer until it ages :)Best wishes,Mary Z CoxPs. IMHO I!d much rather have the Clemmer dulcimer over the folk craft :)
Mary Z. Cox
@mary-z-cox
09/03/12 01:37:47PM
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D-A-C tuning


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Love this tuning & keep one of my Simmerman's in dac all the time. If you find that one of your dulcimers really sounds good in this tuning-- if you just keep it in this tuning-- it just kind of sinks in and always sounds good :) mzc
Mary Z. Cox
@mary-z-cox
09/04/12 10:15:23AM
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Do dulcimers actually sound better if they are played a lot?


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Yes this is true-- but you do need to do the upkeep on the instrument too-- have it set up-- keep fresh strings on it and do repairs as needed (refretting etc.)Best wishes,Mary Z Cox
Mary Z. Cox
@mary-z-cox
09/09/12 09:42:50AM
58 posts

Stand for Modern Mountain Dulcimer


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Gary Sager at Prussia Valley builds a beautiful wooden stand-- adjustable and folds for travel. I love mine.Also, John Stockard makes a very sturdy adjustable metal stand. I've used mine for years and still works great :)Hope this helps,Mary Z Cox
Mary Z. Cox
@mary-z-cox
08/26/12 09:59:37AM
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Electric Dulcimer Players Out There?


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Have a couple dulcimers with built in pic ups, but haven't used them that much although they sound perfectly fine and very acoustic. Just got a uke with built in pick up & cutaway body that I think I may start using on stage. Like the dulcimer, the uke needs some kind of amplification if it is playing with another instrument in order to be heard :)
Mary Z. Cox
@mary-z-cox
09/18/12 10:04:36AM
58 posts

Cherry River Line - Lester McCumbers on fiddle & Kim Johnson on banjo


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Whoah -- way-- way different than the Cherry River line we've added to our set this year. Ours is a modified version of the West Virginia vocal that we added a couple verses with Copperhill & Duck Town :)Mzc
Mary Z. Cox
@mary-z-cox
09/06/12 01:47:49PM
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Hey -- have you tried DAA -- but an octave above? Dropping that one string down would get rid of that highest D without losing that dulcimette sound. If you want a bass sound-- get a baritone :)It may be fun to try. The AEA sounds like an idea worth trying too :)Mzc
Mary Z. Cox
@mary-z-cox
08/21/12 10:52:24PM
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Mine is tuned in DAD, but an octave higher than a standard dulcimer. It has a lovely sweet tone :)mzc
Mary Z. Cox
@mary-z-cox
09/07/12 08:56:58PM
58 posts

Photos Dulcimer Factory c. 1995 DF-4


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Sassafrass usually only smells until it is aged. My cherry/ sassafras dulcimer smelled like root beer for about 5 years -- wonderful. :) my walnut/ sassafras never had the smell, but suspect it was older aged wood. Have a Spanish curly cedar/figured mahogany that kept the Spanish cedar smell for several years-- it was kind of a peppery wood smell-- but so many folks smelled it-- they finally just sucked all the smell out of it :)Really loved the root beer smell on the sassafras, though :)
Mary Z. Cox
@mary-z-cox
06/24/12 01:03:51PM
58 posts

Starting a weekly jam session, please give me some tips.


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Here's a fun jam session :) And you can even hear the dulcimers :)

Mary Z. Cox
@mary-z-cox
12/26/11 11:55:58PM
58 posts

A very wonderful Christmas gift...


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Lovely! What a fun surprise :)

Best wishes,

Mary Z Cox

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Mary Z. Cox
@mary-z-cox
11/03/11 05:05:32PM
58 posts

New Timber Hill Butterfly dulcimer arrived today !


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I just love it too! Here it is under the Meyer's lemon tree. The rumble is the wind--it is breezy and wonderful outside today. :)


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Mary Z. Cox
@mary-z-cox
03/14/11 11:24:33PM
58 posts

What kinds of tunes do you most like to play on your mtn dulcimer?


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My favorite is John Stinson's # 2

But I just found the words to Harrison Town and I am currently mesmerized by that tune too. :)

Best wishes,

Mary Z. Cox

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Mary Z. Cox
@mary-z-cox
09/01/12 08:41:50AM
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I played in the Florida championship contest after playing a couple months in front of a large audience and judges. Played with one guitarist . Only took second place, though :) actually lost out to John Blosser who got first that year and he was a much better dulcimer player :) I did take first place the next year :)Mzc
Mary Z. Cox
@mary-z-cox
09/09/12 10:14:30PM
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Hello Kathy,Have never played that particular model Blue Lion-- but do have 2 blue lions. One is the rosewood/cedar one with the single rose inlay & brass inserts. Don't think that model is offered anymore-- but it is a wonderful dulcimer. It's my lucky dulcimer :) and have the Robert Force model 6 string Blue Lion. It is also a dulcimer of great beauty and sound-- was just playing it on the front porch the other day and it's sweet voice attracted a hummingbird :)Don't think you can go wrong with a Blue Lion :)Best wishes,Mary Z Cox
Mary Z. Cox
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01/29/11 08:10:49PM
58 posts

My biggest 'do-over' wish in learning music


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Believe it or not--I've actually "done over" my biggest musical do over--and found it's never too late to do it over. :)

When I was younger, I mistakenly felt that you could only have one good banjo or one good dulcimer at a time.

I wish now that I had just gone ahead and bought every banjo or dulcimer that appealed to me, brought it home, played it, enjoyed it, and just laughed about all the fun it is to just buy any old instrument you want and not feel guilty.

I used to feel that I didn't deserve a bunch of beautiful instruments--but now I don't feel that way anymore. Instrument builders don't build them for folks as rewards--they build them for folks who will play them and enjoy them. :)

And yes--it's wonderful to have the instruments you really want to play.

The other thing that I have "done over" is that it is okay to just let an instrument "go" to someone else. I've sold and given away and traded perfectly good instruments because sometimes it just seems that the new person and that instrument are right for each other now. And it isn't painful and I've never felt any regret.

That "do over" started with a man who just called me up and told me he had been wanting to buy my old bass for over 30 years and it was never for sale and he was wondering if I might finally sell it to him. I almost said no just on a reflex--but stopped--and glanced over at that bass--standing in a corner--with a light coat of dust--and it looked kind of sad--so I said "okay--why not?" I gave him a fair price--he came and got that bass the next day--took it directly to a job in a chicken wire bar--they looked so happy together and I never missed it once!

Best wishes,

Mary Z. Cox

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Mary Z. Cox
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01/29/11 07:54:18PM
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My biggest 'do-over' wish in learning music


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Robin,

You can still sing--but you have to approach it as another instrument. I recently heard Joan Baez on NPR and she said that although she was able to "just sing" and sound wonderful when she was young--as she has got older--she has a voice coach and does voice exercises everyday just to be able to maintain some pitch, tone, and volume.

If professional singers have to do all this to keep up their voices--regular singers most definitely would also have to exercise and train to keep up their voices too. :)

Best wishes,

Mary Z. Cox

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Robin Thompson said:

As a teenager I sang a lot and have sung very little as an adult. I wish I would've kept singing because it's fun and I can read music for singing. My ear for singing is no longer good. I go flat a lot, doggone it.

PS-(I can't sight read for playing dulcimer-- either mountain or bowed. Wish I could. Though I am glad I can play by ear.)

Mary Z. Cox
@mary-z-cox
01/27/11 05:08:27PM
58 posts



Tuning to the CGC tuning will also give your dulcimer a very pretty warm tone which sounds nice against a voice too.

I usually keep one dulcimer in this tuning just for some singing. :)

Best wishes,

Mary Z. Cox

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Mary Z. Cox
@mary-z-cox
01/11/11 04:20:25PM
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Lots of different music sounds good on the mountain dulcimer. I've found that because folks tend to tune it with drone strings--it actually sounds very nice in duets with fiddles. You can favor the bass string when the fiddle goes high, and favor the treble strings when the fiddle growls low. :)

Very fun.

Best wishes,

Mary Z. Cox

www.maryzcox.com

Mary Z. Cox
@mary-z-cox
10/29/10 03:58:38PM
58 posts

Your favorite dulcimer case!


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Love my double dulcimer cases by Lee Felt the best--very handy and they will even hold two really big dulcimers.For a single case--I have a tan McSpadden that is really pretty cool--lightweight, but sturdy and practical. Best wishes,Mary Z. Cox
Mary Z. Cox
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10/18/10 05:51:17PM
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***THREE CHEERS for Robin Thompson !!!***


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You go girl Enjoy your posts Best wishes,Mary Z. Cox www.maryzcox.com
Mary Z. Cox
@mary-z-cox
01/29/11 08:20:03PM
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My family keeps me so busy making quilts and quilted grocery bags that I have never made anything for my mountain dulcimers. I just got this brand new awesome sewing machine--maybe I'll try something--after I finish my niece's wedding quilt. :)

Best wishes,

Mary Z. Cox

ps. My family likes my music a lot--but they go really crazy over the quilts. :)

Mary Z. Cox
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06/08/10 10:20:41AM
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Katie,Welcome to the wonderful world of dulcimers. Best wishes,Mary Z. Cox www.maryzcox.com
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