Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Music is in My Blood

Yesterday was my dad's birthday. He is 62. He says that after you pass 60, you no longer say,"Happy Birthday!" You say,"Congratulations!" LOL! Oh well.

Anyway, we had a really nice time. A few friends and family went over to Mom and Dad's house for cake and ice cream. Talk was nice and simple. But, the best thing was when my dad brought out his guitars and banjo. All of my family is musically inclined. If you can't play an instrument, then you can sing. Most can do both. I grew up knowing that every weekend would be spent on our greyhound bus going from one place or another to sing. Boy, could I tell you some stories about that bus. Maybe some day I will. We started out in churches singing gospel music. We went to many different states and many different churches. From singing on tv, to singing at churches that didn't have indoor restrooms. Many of times we didn't even know what kind of church we were going to. We always said that if we walked in the church and there was boxes of snakes on the alter, we would turn around and leave. lol.

Then we started branching out to doing different things. Two of my uncles owned music stores. They would have what they called "jam sections." A bunch of different bands would get together and, well, jam. Blue grass to rock, we did it all. And me, I loved it all. Me and my cousins would dance for hours. I don't know if I could dance through a whole song now. *wink*

So, with my dad and uncles playing music last night, it brought back such wonderful memories for me. It made me want to get another fiddle. When I was in the fourth grade, I took a few weeks worth of violin(fiddle) lessons. I was taught just enough that I know a few simple songs. But, more importantly, I was taught the basics. I can always improve with the basics. Once I get a fiddle, I'll be able to join in with the fun too. So I'm looking to buy a fiddle. Because, if your gonna play in Kentucky, you gotta have a fiddle in the band. Hehehehee.

So until next time,

Small Farm Girl, wanna be fiddler

P.S. I had some really good pictures of them playing music last night. But, I took them with my phone, and I don't know how to put them on here yet. lol


Feral Female said...

Happy b-day Dad! Sounds like a great time was had by all!!

dp said...

Don't keep that music in your blood trapped in there. Your cows need some music at the very least! With such a rich musical heritage and a love for music, you realy should be expressing it. I can play a bit on a couple of different instruments but not very well. It's enjoyable, though.

Kelle said...

Music is in my blood too, it just doesn'r escape from my mouth or fingers as good as it sounds in my head! LOL!

Our neighbor is from W. Virginia and he play the meanest banjo around. He even played on the Grand Ole Opera way back when and he has albums of songs he did with some really famous people( Hank Williams is one, blonde moment on the rest)

Please pass on the Congradulations to your Dad from MT, where it's cold and snowing again*sigh*

When you cut your first CD I want an autographed one, okay?

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Great memories! Thanks for sharing. So do you sing or play instruments? And what's your favorite instrument? I can't sing worth anything, but I used to play the piano, organ and flute. Haven't touched them for years, though. My twin sons are playing guitar and I've thought a few times of trying to play, too. Hmmmm...you've got me thinking again.

Congrats to your Dad (and Happy Birthday, too!)


lil sis said...

wish i could have been there :)

Catherine said...

Hey, get in touch with me on the fiddle thing. I have a violin just laying around, needing love. Who knows, you two might just need each other! E-mail me northskylight (at) yahoo.