What Are You Working On?
General mountain dulcimer or music discussions
Well, I'm falling in love all over again with my Kevin Messenger teardrop dulcimer (see my avatar). I installed a set of Pegheds on it last week, and now I can zip from one tuning to another without sweat or foul language. It's like having indoor plumbing!
I'm also exploring the materials I got at the on-line Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering a couple weeks ago. I only attended one day, but received plenty of skill-developing information to keep me busy.
Non-dulcimer—I'm nearing completion of a book manuscript I've been working on since last November. It is a translation with notes of a Japanese poetry collection from the 13th century. Here's one which seems particularly appropriate to our times:
Fujiwara no Kiyosuke
Given enough time,
all these troubles may become
like those of the past—
all those mean, hard, fear-filled days,
remembered with nostalgia.
nagaraeba mata konogoro ya shinobaren
ushi to mishi yo zo ima wa koishiki