The Positive Thread...

Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
5 hours ago
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Today is Bach's birthday, and if you haven't visited Google yet, do so.  The banner is an artificial intelligence app that takes any melody you put in and adds harmony as Bach might have done it.  It's really cool. I only wish it were longer so you could actually put in 12 or 16 bars.  The depressing part is that the computer is better at arranging than I am!




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dulcinina
@dulcinina
one month ago
53 posts
I'm visiting my family in Buffalo NY and showed the video to her partner who is a jazz buff. Before it played he said "that looks like Wynton Marsalis" He was so impressed. We start our jams at home by saying "Let's boil some cabbage." Great vimeo. And yes, we have snow. Dulcinina
Ken Longfield
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
one month ago
560 posts

Thanks, Dusty. I never tire of Boil 'Em Cabbage. It is a fun and easy tune.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
one month ago
859 posts

Dusty, I'm a fan of Boil 'Em Cabbage Down!  It's a great teaching piece and a tune with which one can mess about for years. . . Last I looked, the most-played tune on my Soundcloud account was the one for the cabbage song.  :)




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Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
one month ago
1,064 posts

Sorry, kiddos. I won't hear it. Don't ever tell me you are tired of Bile Dem Cabbage Down.

https://youtu.be/fyt646v4hxA

I thought I'd listen to a tune before going to sleep. This one has me so jazzed I'll be up for hours.




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Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
one month ago
859 posts

Thanks for the link, Dusty!  It was pretty cool to see that female (not male).  :)




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Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
one month ago
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That's really cool, Robin.  I just got some information from the Sibley folks at https://www.sibleyguides.com/2011/08/abnormal-coloration-in-birds-melanin-reduction/

If you scroll down a smidge you will see pictures of a normal cardinal, a fully leucistic cardinal, and a partially leucistic cardinal. You can't confuse them.  From your comments it would appear you saw a fully leucistic female:

These birds can produce melanin, so the eye appears black, but something prevents them from depositing melanin in the growing feathers. The red carotenoid pigment is unaffected so the feathers are red in all the normal places for a female cardinal. 




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Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
one month ago
859 posts

Strumelia, parts of the bird are red, parts are white.  So, I'm figuring it's male.  Mark took a couple photos but they didn't capture the stunning qualities of such a creature.  Others have seen it here in the village since the latter part of '18, so I imagine we might see him again.  Hope so! 




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Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
one month ago
1,575 posts

Wow Robin!  Was it pale all over, or was the pale part like piebald- in patches?  Maybe you could take a photo if it comes back- keep your camera near the window!  




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Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
one month ago
859 posts

This morning, I saw a leucistic Cardinal in the Chinese Chestnut tree outside my kitchen window. 

@Dusty-Turtle I'm glad you didn't find MO back when!  :)




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Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
2 months ago
1,064 posts

I've been listening to a lot of Mandolin Orange the last few days. Their effortless harmonies are just so sweet.  They have an approach to songwriting and singing that is serious and relaxed at the same time. Had I found these two back when I was playing the mandolin and getting frustrated by the bluegrass obsession with speed, I might have stayed with the mandolin and never taken up the dulcimer.




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Glenda  Hubbard
Glenda Hubbard
@glenda-hubbard
3 months ago
21 posts

  Dusty thanks for posting! Music is great therapy. My husband has Louie Body Dementia Alzheimer. Sometimes  he has no clue what time it is or where he is but music some how triggers the brain into remembering the entire lyrics to a song. Wish there was more research into how this happens.  

Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
3 months ago
1,064 posts

I found this story about a choir for people with dementia to be really uplifting.  The Good Memories Choir in Chicago is for people with dementia and their caregivers.  Too often people with dementia have minimal positive contact with others, but choir singing brings people together in an activity filled with positive emotions.  And because music memory involves melody, tempo, lyrics, and all sorts of emotions, it involves many parts of the brain, including parts that are not affected by dementia, so music really does temper the effects of dementia.  The Good Memories Choir had its first concert this month. Among the songs they sang were "Blue Skies," "This Little Light of Mine," "What a Wonderful World."




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Geckostar97
Geckostar97
@geckostar97
3 months ago
17 posts
Thank you for sharing that wonderful story. It is all too easy to let the commercial side of the Christmas season rule our time and attitudes. My thoughts are far different on the true meaning of Christmas. I wish everyone who reads this a Christmas season of love, peace and happiness!
Ken Longfield
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
3 months ago
560 posts

Thank you, Salt Springs, for that moving story.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
3 months ago
859 posts

@salt-springs Thank you.  My tired spirit needed your story.  




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John C. Knopf
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
3 months ago
164 posts

Thank you for this remembrance of the young girl who just wanted to be Mary in the Christmas program.

Salt Springs
Salt Springs
@salt-springs
3 months ago
109 posts

I want to tell a story, a true story and a Christmas miracle that I saw many years ago.  Perhaps in relating this story someone who may be feeling overwhelmed by all the commotion the holiday season brings will become still for just a moment and catch a glimpse of things that protest the cynical voices that often come out of nowhere.

Many years ago I was appointed to serve a small parish in a rural community in the heart of the South.  Previous to that time I had worked for a number of years as a police officer in the inner city and was a confirmed cynic and fairly well hardened character.  ( I left that job and in order to pursue a graduate degree in Historical Theology and Philosophy.) Oh, and let me add, this particular parish was made up of folk who could be called by today's standards, dirt poor.

There was a young girl in that parish who had been born with a crippling genetic disease.  At 12 or 13 years of age she was about the size of a small six year old and rarely walked more than a few feet, rather she hopped about dragging her broken legs behind her or curling them up in an odd sort of way. Her tiny legs were often raw since the house she lived in had dirt floors.

Two or three days before Christmas she became seriously ill and was admitted to a teaching hospital at a major university in an attempt to correct a life threatening kidney problem.  I went to visit her and was told by the attending physician that there really wasn't much to be done.  With that depressing news I went in to have a short talk with that poor child and not really knowing what to do or say asked her what she wanted for Christmas.  I sort of listened letting the news that her doctor had told me sink in......

To my surprise she only wanted to be in the Christmas pageant at the church.......and she wanted to play Mary.   When Christmas eve arrived and all the screaming and rowdy kids, dressed in bathrobes and an assortment of flip flops lined up began their procession down the aisle I looked up and standing at the screen door of that church was that desperately ill child.  She grinned from ear to ear and walked the 40 feet to the altar and knelt by the cardboard/manger holding a dirty rubber doll wrapped in a 50 cent blanket.  As everyone sang Silent Night, she let lose a few tears, kissed that old rubber doll and placed it in that old box.  She held that doll like it was the most precious thing in the world and when she put it down gently stroked its head.  I think she knew that this would be her last Christmas with us.  And, I think as her parting gift to those present she gave us a glorious reminder of how hope, love and the true gift of Christmas should be received.

My cynicism faded in that moment and all the world's troubles seemed far away.  Forty years ago that child delivered the best sermon ever preached in that tiny old church in the middle of nowhere.  And to this day I can still see her smile, joy and love on full display.

Merry Christmas!

IRENE
IRENE
@irene
3 months ago
89 posts

Strumelia, I LOVED this story too, brought tears to the eyes...(I sent it onto my daughter)......I have one daughter that worked for Huntsman Institute in S.L.C. Utah for 10 years.   They took blood from elephants ears at the zoo to compare and do lab work.  She got to do that a few times and also loved it.  One time the syringe dropped on the ground and she said, "oh, can you get that for me." to the elephant and it did, handed it through the fence.  so intelligent.  Elephants do not get cancer. That's why they are studied at Hungsman.  aloha, irene

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
3 months ago
1,575 posts

I love this so much...  this fellow plays gentle classical music piano in the field, for blind or aged elephants at an elephant refuge in Thailand.

 




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Stanley Adams
Stanley Adams
@stanley-adams
4 months ago
2 posts

My positive thang for today- had a good night sleep, got up early and cleaned the house pre thanksgiving!!

Ken Longfield
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
5 months ago
560 posts

John and Ken, it is still there and under new ownership. We didn't get it to try it on the way out, but will try to stop on our way back east.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Susie
Susie
@susie
5 months ago
281 posts
Ken Longfield:

Betty and I had a very nice visit with Richard Ash at Folkcraft instruments yesterday morning. Richard took time to show us through the Folkcraft facility, let me play a lapjo, and talked with us about dulcimers in general. I am impressed with what Richard and his staff are doing. He has worked hard to increase the quality and variety of his instruments. He has invested heavily in new equipment to insure that the instruments are accurately fretted and now makes cases for Folkcraft instruments in-house rather than outsourcing them. If you ever get to Woodburn, Indiana, give Richard a call and stop in. You won't be disappointed.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."


I agree, Ken. We visited Richard and the Folkcraft facility a couple years ago. It was really neat to see everything he has done, his passion is very apparent. While I was there, I had Richard convert my FolkRoots dulcimer to a baritone. I love it! I second your recommendation to stop by Folkcraft, if you're ever in the area.
Ken Hulme
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
5 months ago
1,506 posts

El Comedor was still there a couple years ago when I went through that area.  Great FryBread/Navajo Tacos and Chile Verde!

John C. Knopf
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
5 months ago
164 posts

Ken, I too have been through Moriarity, NM.  The things I remember are the locally-famous Mexican restaurant, El Comedor de Anayas, and that incredible neon Rotosphere out front.  I expect both of them are gone now, alas.

Ken Longfield
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
5 months ago
560 posts

Dusty, we are staying on Route 66 tonight in Moriarty, NM. Richard showed us the radiused fret board. It has a 10 inch radius. Should be a nice feature for finger picking and flat picking.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
5 months ago
1,064 posts

Ken. one of the members of my local dulcimer group here in California recently went on a 3-month road trip this summer, traveling route 66 but then just driving wherever the dulcimer winds blew.  She visited Folkcraft where she attended a workshop with John & Karen Keane and bought a really nice dulcimer from Richard.  It has a radiused fretboard, something I think will be a permanent option going forward.  I think you're right that Richard and the Folkcraft folks are not only really nice but doing a great job continuing to improve their instruments.




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Ken Longfield
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
5 months ago
560 posts

Betty and I had a very nice visit with Richard Ash at Folkcraft instruments yesterday morning. Richard took time to show us through the Folkcraft facility, let me play a lapjo, and talked with us about dulcimers in general. I am impressed with what Richard and his staff are doing. He has worked hard to increase the quality and variety of his instruments. He has invested heavily in new equipment to insure that the instruments are accurately fretted and now makes cases for Folkcraft instruments in-house rather than outsourcing them. If you ever get to Woodburn, Indiana, give Richard a call and stop in. You won't be disappointed.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
6 months ago
1,064 posts

Robin, during the summer, the California's Central Valley is drier than the Serengeti.  And then in the winter it pours.  Before the system of canals and levees, the whole Central Valley used to be marshy delta.  The only way to get from Sacramento to San Francisco in the early days of the Gold Rush was by boat.  In the oldest neighborhoods of Sacramento, the old houses are all raised off the ground (basements are pretty rare here) because the city used to flood every winter.  But for at least 4 months and sometimes 6 or 7 in the summer, it never rains.  We rely on the snow melt from the Sierras for our water which we steal from the rivers on their way to the Pacific Ocean.

And because of this engineered environment, Central Valley farmers(or agribusiness corporations) grow 1/3 of all America's produce.  East of the 100th meridian, farmer's rely on G-d for the rain to water their crops.  Out west, we get it from the federal government.




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Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
6 months ago
859 posts

Wow, Dusty, I can't imagine being without rain for so long!  I hope y'all have more rain soon, too!  




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Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
6 months ago
1,064 posts

rain Something positive?  It rained. rain I know, some of you are sick of the rain. But it rained today in Northern California for the first time since April.  It started with a minor sprinkle or two and I kept doing some yardwork, enjoying the cool drops of water on my head and shoulders. Then it stopped and I thought that was it.  But shortly after sunset we had a torrential downpour. It was loud. It was dramatic.  It only lasted about a half hour, but it was enough to satisfy the thirsty soil.  Hopefully there's more coming soon.crossfingers




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Tumbleweed
Tumbleweed
@tumbleweed
6 months ago
28 posts
Dulcinina
That wasn't my story about Genesis. That is Salt Strings' story. It is a great one isn't it.
:)
Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
6 months ago
1,575 posts

@dulcinina that is a wonderful update about your playing for the folks on ventilators.  I'm sure it meant more to them than any of us can even imagine.  heartbeat




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Salt Springs
Salt Springs
@salt-springs
6 months ago
109 posts

Tumbleweed: I have been thinking about her too. I hope this Angel is doing well And congratulations Strumelia. That is wonderful. I need to do the CPR class again. I was certified years ago. I would also like to get recertified in First aid too.

Erik tells me, that she is doing well and recovering from this round of surgery.  More to follow.  She will be meeting with her Doctors in the  near future for continued treatment..............

dulcinina
@dulcinina
6 months ago
53 posts

On Wednesday $ of us Played for patients in the respiratory care unit of Rockcastle Regional Hospital in Mt. Vernon, KY.  This is the largest freestanding respiratory care unit in the nation with 127 beds for people who must be on venitlators.  The majority of patients will live out their lives there.

It was a humbling expierience to play for the group of people who were able to come to the session.  Four of them were wheeled in in their beds.  One not in a bed but running around, was 2 years old!  She was in the process of being weened from a ventilator and would be going home soon.

To play for people confined to a facility was one of my dulcimer goals and being able to do this is a privilege.  Hope my spelling is OK 'cuz I've got tears in my eyes.  

Tumbleweed's story prompted me to tell mine.  Thank you for sharing it.  Dulcinina

Tumbleweed
Tumbleweed
@tumbleweed
6 months ago
28 posts
I have been thinking about her too. I hope this Angel is doing well

And congratulations Strumelia. That is wonderful. I need to do the CPR class again. I was certified years ago. I would also like to get recertified in First aid too.
Salt Springs
Salt Springs
@salt-springs
6 months ago
109 posts

Congratulations on getting CPR certified........that is a magnificent thing to know and you really never know when it might be needed.  And, Tumbleweed, thank you for checking out Genesis' creations.  I've been buying from Erik as a way to support his ministry for many years and not only is he a great musician he is a most compassionate and giving soul.  Hopefully Genesis' has had another reconstructive surgery this week and all is well. 

 

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
6 months ago
1,575 posts

Tumbleweed, how great! I hope you enjoy your new flute and the good karma of supporting that little girl's treatments. flute

My positive thing is that over the past two evenings I completed the four hour training class in giving CPR... I'm now certified and know what to do if someone has a cardiac arrest or can't breathe.  That's something I've wanted to do for about twenty years. I finally got my act together and took the course.  Yay!




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Tumbleweed
Tumbleweed
@tumbleweed
6 months ago
28 posts
Salt Springs:

Despite all the rotten things we are constantly bombarded with on the news there are lots of good things happening in this world.  Today I spoke with my old friend Erik, the Flutemaker and watched the video of a little Nicaraguan girl, here in the US getting treatment for lip malformation.   She is with her mother and will be undergoing another surgery on Sept. 12...a risky procedure too!

Anyway, if you are so inclined watch the video, it will lift your spirit......she is learning English and making flutes!!! (I bought 10 of her creations for Christmas gifts)    Let me caution you, she is too cute for words.

https://eriktheflutemaker.com/blogs/articles/meet-genesis



Hi,

Thanks for sharing this video. Genesis is is the cutest little thing. Well I had to get one of her flutes, oh and a bird whistle. Hubby and pupper arent too happy.

My flute came in a little protective bag with a hand drawing of Genesis. Now I have to find a place to practice.
Cindy Stammich
Cindy Stammich
@cindy-stammich
6 months ago
54 posts

I don't get to spend as much time as i would like - playing music, following FOTMD and other things music.

However, when I get the chance (I did this evening) I LOVE Dulci-Binging!  It makes me Happy! jive

Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
6 months ago
859 posts

That's sweet, Dusty.  Music friends are tops! 




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John Keane
John Keane
@john-keane
6 months ago
193 posts

Dusty Turtle:

I run a dulcimer group that meets monthly.  Today, at the end of our session, just as we were breaking for some snacks, one of our regular members gave me a present: a BlueChip flatpicksun In a discussion of flatpicking technique several months back I had mentioned that I use inexpensive Dunlop Tortex picks but once tried a BlueChip pick that Erin Mae Lewis shared with me.  I loved it, but since they cost like $35 I would never buy one.  I guess he remembered and got one for me -- with the right-hand bevel and everything.  How cool is that!  Now I just have to be careful not to lose it.nailbite

That's VERY cool!

 

Cindy Stammich
Cindy Stammich
@cindy-stammich
6 months ago
54 posts

Elvensong:


Robin Thompson:

FOTMD's own @elvensong tied for fourth place in the mountain dulcimer competition at the Walnut Valley Festival (AKA Winfield).  Huzzah! 

I can't wait to meet you and Mark at The Dulcimer Shoppe booth and play Circleville next year!

No pressure.

 

Well.. yeah pressure. poke

 

Ken Longfield
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
6 months ago
560 posts

That's great Dusty. Use it well, and yes, don't lose it.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
6 months ago
1,064 posts

I run a dulcimer group that meets monthly.  Today, at the end of our session, just as we were breaking for some snacks, one of our regular members gave me a present: a BlueChip flatpicksun In a discussion of flatpicking technique several months back I had mentioned that I use inexpensive Dunlop Tortex picks but once tried a BlueChip pick that Erin Mae Lewis shared with me.  I loved it, but since they cost like $35 I would never buy one.  I guess he remembered and got one for me -- with the right-hand bevel and everything.  How cool is that!  Now I just have to be careful not to lose it.nailbite




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Bob
Bob
@bob
6 months ago
89 posts

Thank you Sheryl! It was such a simple table set-up, but seemed appropriate for my stuff. Maybe next time I will use two tables for more room, with a couple more stools.

Sheryl St. Clare
Sheryl St. Clare
@sheryl-st-clare
6 months ago
272 posts

Bob:

I had my first vendor experience last Saturday at a local Craft Show! Although I sold no dulcimers, I had a wonderful time playing and displaying my instruments, giving folks the opportunity to play them,  and just talking to visitors about the Mountain Dulcimer. What a nice experience it was!

very nice display Bob. Beautiful dulcimers. I like how you used the quilt.

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
6 months ago
1,575 posts

This story and video are very uplifting.  I love how the son has helped his father, despite the terrible toll of his father's disease. Watch the amazing video...

https://people.com/human-interest/car-karaoke-with-father-battling-dementia/




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Bob
Bob
@bob
6 months ago
89 posts

Thanks Ken and Dusty!

Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
6 months ago
1,064 posts

Those are some fine looking instruments, Bob. 




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Ken Hulme
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
6 months ago
1,506 posts

Good job, Bob!  

Bob
Bob
@bob
6 months ago
89 posts

I had my first vendor experience last Saturday at a local Craft Show! Although I sold no dulcimers, I had a wonderful time playing and displaying my instruments, giving folks the opportunity to play them,  and just talking to visitors about the Mountain Dulcimer. What a nice experience it was!

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Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
6 months ago
859 posts

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I can't wait to meet you and Mark at The Dulcimer Shoppe booth and play Circleville next year!

No pressure.

 

Well.. yeah pressure. poke

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It'd be so cool if we could, Dean.  

 




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Keep a song in your heart!
Elvensong
Elvensong
@elvensong
6 months ago
24 posts

Robin Thompson:

FOTMD's own @elvensong tied for fourth place in the mountain dulcimer competition at the Walnut Valley Festival (AKA Winfield).  Huzzah! 

I can't wait to meet you and Mark at The Dulcimer Shoppe booth and play Circleville next year!

No pressure.

 

Well.. yeah pressure. poke

Ken Longfield
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
6 months ago
560 posts

Very good. Congratulations Elvensong.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
6 months ago
859 posts

FOTMD's own @elvensong tied for fourth place in the mountain dulcimer competition at the Walnut Valley Festival (AKA Winfield).  Huzzah! 




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Robin T
one of the Moderators here :)
Keep a song in your heart!
David E.Hall
David E.Hall
@david-ehall
6 months ago
11 posts

Just hoping that all in the Carolinas are OK and bearing up  

Ken Longfield
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
6 months ago
560 posts

Just received the latest issue of Dulcimer Players News today. Another collection of interesting articles and tunes. For anyone who checks out the Upcoming Festivals there is a typo in my email address for the Berea Traditional Dulcimer Gathering. It should be embarqmail with an "a", not an "s". If you do not subscribe, consider doing so. It is a positive experience.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Salt Springs
Salt Springs
@salt-springs
7 months ago
109 posts

Despite all the rotten things we are constantly bombarded with on the news there are lots of good things happening in this world.  Today I spoke with my old friend Erik, the Flutemaker and watched the video of a little Nicaraguan girl, here in the US getting treatment for lip malformation.   She is with her mother and will be undergoing another surgery on Sept. 12...a risky procedure too!

Anyway, if you are so inclined watch the video, it will lift your spirit......she is learning English and making flutes!!! (I bought 10 of her creations for Christmas gifts)    Let me caution you, she is too cute for words.

https://eriktheflutemaker.com/blogs/articles/meet-genesis


updated by @salt-springs: 09/07/18 11:49:48AM
Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
7 months ago
1,064 posts

These two could give Gillian Welch and David Rawlings a run for their money. I just love the little rhythmic darts the fiddler offers as filler.

 

I'm sure I'm not the only one falling in love with Kaia Kater, just as I fell in love with Gillian Welch and Kate Rusby and Rhiannon Giddens and Emmylou Harris and . . . 

A week off before work picks up again is allowing me time to get stuff done around the house and also explore new music.  How wonderful is that!




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updated by @dusty-turtle: 08/24/18 03:39:33PM
Sheryl St. Clare
Sheryl St. Clare
@sheryl-st-clare
7 months ago
272 posts

Early Saturday morning, just caught up with all the weeks new discussions. Off to the Raleigh, NC flea market to look for treasures, then to the local lumber store for some basswood and western red cedar. Good weekend fun.

Steve Smith
Steve Smith
@steve-smith
8 months ago
25 posts

We've only been to Falcon Ridge once, over 15 years ago, but we loved it, rain and all!  And several of this year's performers were there, too.  Be sure to see Dar Williams, one of our favorite folk singers.  Of course, living up there, you probably are already friends with her!

I'm making plans for a different type of event, too.  My daughter and I got great tickets to see Hamilton in Charlotte!  With over 75,000 people in the "virtual waiting room" when tickets went on sale yesterday, we figured we had no chance...  (And "My Shot" is fun on dulcimer, too, although it can't beat Lin-Manuel Miranda!)

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
8 months ago
1,575 posts

Today I decided I'll be going by myself to a folk festival about 40 minutes from me that has a tone of contra dancing this weekend. I've never gone to Falcon Ridge festival, but I know many avid dancers love it, so I made the executive decision to go this Saturday for the one day.  They have contra dances going on most of time, in the huge dance tent, from noon til like 2am on saturday!  Um, I doubt I'll be staying til 2am and then driving home though. (!) I can take breaks throughout the day to eat and browse the craft booths and rest.

This should be a very big workout for me -I'll likely be completely exhausted but happy on sunday.  I hope the weather is not awful, but will bring what I need.  There's no real jamming scene there so I won't need to bring instruments (and worry about them). Just a folding chair, a backpack with water, hat, extra shirt and shoes, flashlight, whatever sun/rain protection the forecast suggests.  Maybe pack an Alleve or two as well!  oma

FUN adventure.... !  bananadance




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updated by @strumelia: 08/02/18 08:31:49PM
Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
8 months ago
859 posts

Friends, the best memory of the day was the clapping to our music from a little girl whose mom described her as nonverbal.  

I did not get to tour the farmhouse.  However, near the end of the day, one of the house tour guides told me there were dulcimers in the house.  I got a quick look at two of them-- both were made, I believe, by Edd Presnell.  (A typed envelope with one of the instruments had a return address from Mr Edd Presnell.) 




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Elvensong
Elvensong
@elvensong
8 months ago
24 posts

Robin Thompson:

Mark & I had fun playing an Ag Day event at a historic farm in the Scioto River Valley.  And we made the front page of my hometown newspaper.  :) 

 

https://www.circlevilleherald.com/news/songs-in-the-shade/image_3155ccf8-58d0-59b2-a695-06594336ba00.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=user-share

 That's great, Robin! You two wowed them I'm sure. If I were there I would miss the rest of the event just listening to you two. hi5

Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
8 months ago
1,064 posts

Robin, that's way cool!dancecool

I always knew you were a cover girl. grin




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Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
8 months ago
859 posts

Hey, Strumelia, I know how to get to Carnegie Hall!  haha




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updated by @robin-thompson: 08/01/18 12:32:45PM
Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
8 months ago
1,575 posts

Robon, that's great that you had fun- I bet people LOVED your music in the perfect historic farm setting.  Front page?- whoa... don't forget us little humble folk when you are playing at Carnegie Hall... giggle




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Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
8 months ago
859 posts

Mark & I had fun playing an Ag Day event at a historic farm in the Scioto River Valley.  And we made the front page of my hometown newspaper.  :) 

https://www.circlevilleherald.com/news/songs-in-the-shade/image_3155ccf8-58d0-59b2-a695-06594336ba00.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=user-share




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Keep a song in your heart!
Bob
Bob
@bob
9 months ago
89 posts

Thanks for the encouragement! I am going with an open mind and dont know what to expect. Folks such as Bing Futch, Judy House, Nina Zanetti,  Dave Haas and some other artists will be teaching. Various famous builders are going to be there as well so I think I may be a bit overwhelmed !

John C. Knopf
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
9 months ago
164 posts

Bob, I'd be greatly surprised if you don't sell those dulcimers.  They're works of art (and Bob)!

Have fun and make some connections.

Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
9 months ago
1,064 posts

Have fun, Bob! Make sure you get some of those hard pretzels the area is famous for.




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Sheryl St. Clare
Sheryl St. Clare
@sheryl-st-clare
9 months ago
272 posts

Bob, Have fun in Pennsylvania Dutch country. Hope you sell some dulcimers.

Bob
Bob
@bob
9 months ago
89 posts

I will be at my FIRST dulcimer festival (MD & HD) this coming weekend! It is in Lancaster, PA. I was even invited to put some of my dulcimers at the table of a wonderful vendor who will be there. I am really excited to be going! My wife and 2 kids will be coming and checking out the music as well as sight-seeing all around Lancaster Pennsylvania Dutch land while I meet some notables in the Dulcimer and Folk music world!

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
9 months ago
1,575 posts

Dusty Turtle:

He just keeps the groove going so well and continuously adds new nuances. I've been listening all morning.

That's one of the things I like about oldtime music playing, Dusty.  Oldtime sessions tend to play each tune for a looong time, giving plenty of time for folks to explore personal variations in how to play it.  I got so used to that way of playing that sometimes when I play in other kinds of jams it feels downright strange to quit after only two or three times through a tune... it's like I was just beginning to think of some cool little part to play-- but then it's OVER and everyone's on to the next tune.  surprised

 




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