The Positive Thread...

dulcinina
@dulcinina
2 weeks ago
61 posts

What a gift to you when you were down.  But more importantly, that you were able to recognize it and embrace it as such. Nina

Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
2 weeks ago
1,130 posts

Feeling a little down after getting some bad financial news (the sort homeowners know all too well) I welcomed the opportunity for some down time and took the dog for a walk just around dusk.  We took a slightly longer route than usual, and as I turned a corner I heard the clear sound of a stringed instrument.  Walking down the street leisurely were a father and son, both strumming ukuleles.  The father was singing quietly, though I was never able to hear enough to make out the tune.  Every now and then the son would ask a question and the father would patiently explain how to play a certain chord or something and then they would continue.  Our walk intersected again with them about 15 minutes later, too. I wanted to introduce myself and invite them to our neighborhood jams, but I didn't.  I didn't want to interrupt what was such a gentle and also purposeful interaction between the two of them.  Seeing those two definitely turned my frown upside down.




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Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
2 months ago
948 posts

I'm a big fan of sharing music, Dusty-- what a neat thing for you & your neighbors to do! 

A friendly reminder to all:  World-wide Play Music on the Porch Day is coming up, always the last Saturday in August.  Whether it's one person or a group, get out and make music if you can.  :)




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Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
2 months ago
1,669 posts

Thank you for that wonderful and inspiring post, Dusty!




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Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
2 months ago
1,130 posts

I got together to play music with some neighbors today. One plays fiddle and flute, one plays guitar and banjo, and one plays mandolin.  I brought a dulcimer and guitar. In the future I will probably play bass a little, too, especially once another guitar-playing neighbor who couldn't be there tonight joins in.  We have pledged to play at least monthly, alternating front yards.

Everyone (other than me) is a good singer, and they had some nice harmonies going, including on the CSN & Y tune "Helplessly Hoping."  I'm supposed to learn one of the vocal parts for next time (yikes nailbite). 

We were each asked to bring one tune to start with, and I suggested the Iris DeMent tune "Sweet is the Melody." I arranged  the chords in D so I could play the dulcimer, but it's just at the bottom of my vocal range, so we'll probably change keys or someone else will take the lead vocal part.

What made this so special is that while we were playing a few neighbors heard us and came along just to listen.  And that's exactly why I suggested our front yards as venues.  Music is a social experience, but not if we listen inside with headphones.  We gotta get out there and share the joy. You can't sing harmony alone.grphug




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Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
2 months ago
1,130 posts

I'm glad that organ is being restored.  I hope they "pull out all the stops" and do it right!

I have a friend who restores pipe organs and also builds replicas of historic European organs.  It's a labor of love. He basically donates the organs to local churches.  Here's one he made based on a 1615 organ from Europe which he donated locally.  His are tiny compared to that one in the video.




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updated by @dusty-turtle: 07/22/19 03:27:51AM
Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
2 months ago
1,669 posts

The largest musical instrument in the world is being restored...

https://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/video/largest-instrument-in-the-world-being-brought-back-to-life-after-nearly-being-destroyed-64254021798

...amazing thing!




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Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
2 months ago
1,669 posts

Hi everyone!  FOTMD is celebrating its 10th year anniversary by hosting the free

Pickled Dulcimer Contest! Guess the winning number and win prizes!  Five winners will be announced on August 1st.

Submit your guess in the contest thread, and good luck!:

https://fotmd.com/forums/forum/off-topic-discussions/35052/enter-fotmds-10th-birthday-pickled-dulcimer-contest#r35070




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Cindy Stammich
Cindy Stammich
@cindy-stammich
3 months ago
60 posts

There is so much beauty around us.....  we just need to stop for a moment and listen!

Lulu
Lulu
@lulu
3 months ago
3 posts

My positive thing for today- I cleaned off the top of my work desk and put away/sorted/tossed all the clutter off it... it feels spacious and inspiring now, like a burden lifted!

hugssandi
@hugssandi
3 months ago
267 posts

This really is an uplifting thread!  In the past weeks we've graduated our second from high school, and my Hazel started a YouTube channel for her ukulele (Dionysus D.).  We have a block party to attend tonight and summer break is here!  Well, we'll keep schooling, but we have been working on a fun summer bucket list for along the way....  sun

Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
4 months ago
948 posts

A piece I liked reading: 

https://www.journalnow.com/entertainment/arts/mountain-dulcimer-provided-healing-for-retired-music-teacher/article_e7f70d7d-b5b7-56b0-a53b-92d5ff81b638.html




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Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
4 months ago
1,669 posts

Fresh asparagus from your own garden... Heavenly!




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Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
4 months ago
948 posts

We had asparagus from the patch today at lunchtime.  I'm thinking we'll have more tomorrow.  :)




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Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
5 months ago
1,130 posts

Had a wonderful time at a house concert last night by the Irish fiddler Gerry O'Connnor.  If you're interested, there are plenty of videos of him on YouTube.  Make sure you search for the right guy, though, someone else by that name plays Irish banjo.  The two have gotten together and recorded "Stereo Connor!" To be that close and intimate with such a world class musician was fantastic.  There were about 20 of us in attendance.  Afterwards I talked to the guitarist, Richard Mandel, who accompanied him, which was very interesting. He was in a DADGAD tuning, which has been standard in Irish sessions since the 1960s or thereabout.  I was interested in some of the chords he used.  He admitted that he often only fretted some of the strings, leaving the others to drone, creating interesting chord tones that he couldn't even identify without thinking about it.  So he was using a lot of D and A drones just as we do on the dulcimer!




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Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
6 months ago
1,669 posts

Dusty, that's beautiful!




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Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
6 months ago
1,130 posts

Thanks for sharing that story, Strumelia.  It is amazing how music touches something indescribable inside of us.  The stories in Patricia and Wayne's latest Hearts of the Dulcimer Podcast tell similar stories about people at the other end of the lifecycle who have declined into a non-verbal state but still react quite alertly to music.

Watching the toddler in that video reminded me of my experience with my niece many years ago.  I used to visit my sister about once a month when she and her family lived in LA.  I would always bring my mandolin and sometimes my guitar as well.  My niece was too small to talk or even to walk at the time, but I remember vividly her crawling over to me, trying to drag my mandolin case behind her by the strap.  She was huffing and puffin by the time she got it to me, but then she just sat up looking at me, clearly waiting for me to start playing.  I used to think it was evidence of a deep connection between us, but looking back, the connection was probably between her and the music. I was just a messenger.




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Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
6 months ago
1,669 posts

Watch this baby respond to hearing a violin player for the very first time...

https://abcnews.go.com/US/mother-posts-video-toddler-enamored-violinist-playing-music/story?id=62153718&cid=clicksource_4380645_null_icymi_hed

Music affects us and others so deeply, often much more than we know.




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Elvensong
Elvensong
@elvensong
6 months ago
26 posts

Robin Thompson:

 Be sure to get a pretty nice bow.  

Ken told me the same thing so I took it to heart and got a Coda Bow Prodigy.

When it comes time I'd love your advice on playing and bow adjustment and maintenance and and and  grin

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

@elvensong Dean, you'll be surprised how intuitive the left-hand work is.  The bowing is another matter.  :) Be sure to get a pretty nice bow.  




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Elvensong
Elvensong
@elvensong
6 months ago
26 posts

Robin Thompson:

I've hardly touched a bowed dulcimer in about six years.  Mark & I just played for, perhaps, half-an-hour with me on BD and him on guitar.  Though I don't sound so hot, it felt both good and natural to be bowing again.  :)

I should be getting mine in April/May so you can help me get started!

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

I've hardly touched a bowed dulcimer in about six years.  Mark & I just played for, perhaps, half-an-hour with me on BD and him on guitar.  Though I don't sound so hot, it felt both good and natural to be bowing again.  :)




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Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
6 months ago
1,130 posts

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
7 months ago
61 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
7 months ago
598 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
7 months ago
948 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
7 months ago
1,130 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
7 months ago
948 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
7 months ago
1,130 posts

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
7 months ago
948 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
7 months ago
1,669 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
7 months ago
948 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
8 months ago
1,130 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
9 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
9 months ago
1,130 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
9 months ago
24 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
9 months ago
598 posts

Thank you, Salt Springs, for that moving story.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
9 months ago
948 posts

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




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John C. Knopf
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
9 months ago
187 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
9 months ago
146 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
10 months ago
114 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
10 months ago
1,669 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
10 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
11 months ago
598 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
11 months ago
314 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
11 months ago
1,595 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
11 months ago
187 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
last year
598 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
last year
1,130 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
last year
598 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
last year
1,130 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
last year
948 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
last year
1,130 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
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last year
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Dulcinina
That wasn't my story about Genesis. That is Salt Strings' story. It is a great one isn't it.
:)
Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
last year
1,669 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
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last year
146 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
last year
61 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
last year
27 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
last year
146 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
last year
1,669 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
last year
27 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
last year
60 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
last year
948 posts

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




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Robin T
one of the Moderators here :)
Keep a song in your heart!
John Keane
John Keane
@john-keane
last year
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
last year
60 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
last year
598 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
last year
1,130 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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As a musician, you have to keep one foot back in the past and one foot forward into the future.
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Bob
Bob
@bob
last year
93 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
last year
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
last year
1,669 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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Those irritated by grain of sand best avoid beach.
-Strumelia proverb c.1990
Bob
Bob
@bob
last year
93 posts

Thanks Ken and Dusty!

Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
last year
1,130 posts

Those are some fine looking instruments, Bob. 




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Dusty T., Northern California
Site Moderator

As a musician, you have to keep one foot back in the past and one foot forward into the future.
-- Dizzy Gillespie
Ken Hulme
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
last year
1,595 posts

Good job, Bob!  

Bob
Bob
@bob
last year
93 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
last year
948 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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Robin T
one of the Moderators here :)
Keep a song in your heart!
 
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