Wednesday, October 18, 2006



When I walked into her house, she had her instrument strapped over her neck, and she was plucking, picking golden sounds. It made me smile and think of houses that are full of music. I grew up with the constant clucking of a banjo, mandolin, or guitar coming from my dad who almost always had an instrument in his hand. I can still see him now staring out the window, practicing runs in an absent-minded dreamy way, as if somewhere there was a higher plane where everyone's fingers pressed forth to produce forth harmony. He taught all three of his children the rhythm guitar to accompany his runs. During special weekends, we had music parties, where men would show up with their instruments, and wives, and kids, and we would all become drenched together in the pouring forth of the full flow of hill music. I can still hear the three part harmonies and the instruments vying for leads.

Now, I'm trying to recreate that. My fingertips are buzzing even now from some obsessive practice, during television shows, when I have time between family and home duties. I feel as if somewhere there is a higher plane where music reigns.

I wonder if in other parts of the world (or perhaps in the States), a house full of music is perhaps in full swing right now? Surely this does not happen just in the developed parts of the world? Is music a luxury? Bluegrass developed really from the impoverished moutain areas in the 1930's, compliments of folks like Bill Monroe. The banjo even originated from Africa.

Did you grow up with a house full of music? Partially full? A little bit? What was that like? If you haven't, do you try to have a "house of music" now for yourself or for family? Please comment and let me know.

Thanks!


3 comments:

Rebecca said...

My parents home was music-less except for the radio that played incessantly. My father liked jazz and big band while my mother listened to "current music" (1970's back then). I liked to escape to my grandfather's home where he played the organ and the violin. Live music holds such a happy place in my heart.

I have played several instuments in my life, classical guitar, clarinet, oboe, Irish tin whistle. I am currently playing the first and last. We have a piano in our home but no one has mastered it yet. My boys play the Irish whistle and are taking lessons, not from me, strangely enough.

Fieldfleur said...

You should win a prize for answering my question! :0) If you come to Columbia, MO ever you can have free coffee on me!

Wow, from your list of instruments, it sounds as if you are quite musical. And, preserving the old music with the Irish tin whistle. Very cool to invite the music into your family for their musical memories!

Take care,
Teri

Fieldfleur said...

You should win a prize for answering my question! :0) If you come to Columbia, MO ever you can have free coffee on me!

Wow, from your list of instruments, it sounds as if you are quite musical. And, preserving the old music with the Irish tin whistle. Very cool to invite the music into your family for their musical memories!

Take care,
Teri