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Playing in the Rain . . .

Posted by bj on Friday, June 5, 2009

Okay, so David and I are both nuts. And no, our fiddles didn't get wet. We sat in an old picnic pavilion, that looks like it may have been built by the WPA, all native stone pillars and a great old timbered hip roof with the rafters all visible. We played while it rained all around us. We were in the park off Hackett Av, overlooking the city. Much less road and mower noise this week since we switched parks, though the mower may have been on rainy day hiatus.

It's always fun to be with David anywhere outside, since he seems to be able to identify the species of any bird call we hear. Apparently his 14 year old son, Corey, taught him. Corey is an expert, already leading birding hikes and being written up by both local and more widespread publications. I think he's even gotten an Audubon mention for his work at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center. And Corey is a fiddler too, who has come to our jams with his dad. I hope I see him at the fundraiser tomorrow night.

This is going to be a semi-regular meetup for me over the summer months, since David's teaching schedule is light right now.

We played in G for awhile, but I'm still working on G tunes, so we switched to my more robust D list after awhile. Redwing, Golden Slippers (with me seconding on harmony), Shove that Pig's Foot, Nail That Catfish, and John Brown's March was our G set. In D we played Cumberland Gap, Saint Anne's Reel, Susannah Gal, One Morning in May, Greenwood Tree Waltz, Over the Waterfall, and Angeline the Baker. We chatted a bit between tunes. A very relaxed session.

And tomorrow night is the Benefit Jam. Two days in a row playing, what could be better? Maybe someday it'll work out to every day . . .


9 comments on “Playing in the Rain . . .”

Cyndy Says:
Saturday, June 6, 2009 @5:22:06 AM

Sounds wonderful. I want to do something cool like that!

bj Says:
Saturday, June 6, 2009 @5:26:38 AM

Just get the word out that you're looking for people to jam with. That's what I did. Craigslist, the Oldtime newslists,, etc. That's how I met David.

FiddleJammer Says:
Saturday, June 6, 2009 @5:39:56 AM

"Don't dream it. Be it."

- Dr. Frank N. Furter

bj Says:
Saturday, June 6, 2009 @5:48:27 AM

LOL! You just got that old jingle stuck in my head . . .

"Oh I wish I were an Oscar Meyer Wiener . . . "

Cyndy Says:
Saturday, June 6, 2009 @1:15:34 PM

No, I mean, I want to play out in the rain! Oooh, it just sounds so cozy and fun and the pavilion sounds like it has so much character.

FiddleJammer Says:
Saturday, June 6, 2009 @10:22:02 PM

"It's a small world afterall.
It's a small, small, world."

FiddleJammer Says:
Saturday, June 6, 2009 @10:22:39 PM

FiddleJammer Says:
Saturday, June 6, 2009 @10:22:54 PM


Humbled by this instrument Says:
Monday, June 8, 2009 @10:41:31 PM

Bet the rain kept most of the mosquitoes away.

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