Actually, it’s hardly a lazy afternoon… In fact, I’m enjoying what feels like a miracle that I can take a moment to play a dulcimer and have fun improvising a bit with a tune, in the midst of all the folk school work. I’m pretty much obsessed with the Folk School of Chattanooga and all its potential (mixed with actual momentum, which makes it exciting). But still, like a meditation, it’s sweet to come back to the dulcimer once a day, and remind myself that if it weren’t for this trapezoidal magic plinko box, there’d be no folk school, no Chattanooga (for me, anyway), none of the friends I know and love… I know CDs are a bit passe at this point, but I’m forging ahead anyway. It’s time for a new shiny little CD to have my name on it, and with that in mind, I’m starting to consider all my favorite–really most favorite–tunes.
I just was experimenting with the new recording function of my iPod, and decided to play a bit with one of my favorite old time tunes. I first heard this tune in Cork at Monday night sessions with Mick Daly and the Lee Valley Boys, and fell in love with it all over again when I heard Dwight Diller’s recording of it. It’s one of those tunes that sounds nice when it’s played slow.
The dulcimer is in perfect “house tuning,” meaning that it’s been sitting in the house, not being tuned. It’ll get whipped into shape this weekend, though, for two gigs on Main Street. Gotta love gigs three blocks from your house!