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Slow Motion Land


I haven't written because I don't know what to write.

I wash dishes and do laundry. I go exercise two or three afternoons a week for an hour. I maybe practice my fiddle. I try to work on my writing everyday. I go watch Sarah and Michael's boys one night a week, which starting this week will be a late night every Wednesday, so I will be going over there on Tuesday evenings as well to spend time with Sarah as she isn't home until 9pm on Wed. I try to read but it often doesn't hold my interest. I'm restless, but not acomplishing much of anything.

That said, I somehow seem to run out of time to do things. It is totally stupid. All of you are busier than I am and all of you get more done than I do. I try to work faster, but then things get sloppy and poorly done, ending up taking more time anyway because of having to correct mistakes.

I went to a fiddle workshop on Jan. 29th put on by Jay Ungar and Molly Mason.  In the early 1980s he wrote a fiddle tune called "Ashokan Farewell" (pronounced: ash-oaken).  It was later used by Ken Burns in his documentary "The Civil War" and the song became famous.  We all got to jam with them and even got to play "Ashokan Farewell" with them. It was really cool! Then Hubby and I went to hear them in concert Jan 31st with a reinactor regimental brass band. Also very cool!  Here is the tune played by Jay and Molly.

I hope you all are well. I'll try to read my friends page this week to catch up a bit.

Pearl, the waster of time and effort


Feb. 2nd, 2009 03:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you, my friend. I like that; "You are not behind, just start from where you are." I will try to remember that one.

Yes, it blew me away too that I've jammed with Jay Ungar :) It continues to amaze me how many of the well known old-time and bluegrass musicians really enjoy jamming with the rest of us. They were so much fun.

Jay had been studying and playing old Scottish Airs when the melody for "Ashokan Farewell" came to him, and it shows in the tune. Most everyone thinks it is an 1800s or older melody when they hear it.