Posted by bj on Monday, August 17, 2009
Yesterday I went up to the Delaware Water Gap with one of my fiddles, The Wild One. It was disgustingly hot out and the cool forest with lots of water running over rocks down the mountain seemed the perfect place to be, with my feet in the water and a bow in my hand. One thing I hadn't counted on is that a whole bunch of other people had the same basic idea, substituting other forms of music.
I realized something, as I avoided all my absolutely FAVORITE trails, the ones that would lead to those spots that would only be found by hardy local souls who don't sport New York license plates on their spanking new SUVs, the ones who don't bring boom boxes with them everywhere they go. Bringing one of my GOOD and favorite fiddles is not an option, especially with the luthier bills I've accumulated over the last few months. Scrambling up moraine fields and down through laurel hollows over rocks and tree roots and downfalls is not easy when you've got one of your favorite fiddles on your back. And sitting along the more accessible trails and playing causes interruptions of the stupidest sort. Like "Hey, you play Orange Blossom Special?" or "Get down with some Miri, yo."
Now, I do have one "junker" fiddle which, though the purfling is inked on, and the proportions are a bit odd, is playable and actually sounds okay, and should sound even better if I ever get it set up right. Problem is that there's a gal from this site who seems to be interested enough to buy it, and she asked me to hold onto it until today, when she gets paid, so she can buy it. One part of me really wants her to have it, since I know it's a very decent fiddle for the dough and she's a sweet gal who is on a budget, and really wants better than what she has. I know what that feels like. Meanwhile the other part of me is hoping I don't get the payment, so I can keep this as the travel to hell and back fiddle.
It's either that or start saving up for a wiplstix.
Monday, August 17, 2009 @6:11:49 AM
ok..whats a wiplstix????
Monday, August 17, 2009 @6:40:17 AM
Ozarkian DL Says:
Monday, August 17, 2009 @7:35:52 AM
Well...I B durn...thnx fer tha introduction to tha wiplstix. ( Interestin ).
Monday, August 17, 2009 @7:39:33 AM
Do I sense an Ozarkian Version coming soon? I'd be happy to be your quality assurance tester once you've built it, Oz!
Monday, August 17, 2009 @9:46:13 AM
I take it as a badge of honor that I have no idea who Miri is. Don't tell me so that I can continue living in this Pollyannish state of bliss.
Monday, August 17, 2009 @9:55:32 AM
You've never heard of Miri Ben Ari? The Hip Hop Violinist of Apollo Theater in Harlem Fame?
Monday, August 17, 2009 @1:25:59 PM
I liked the Apollo BEFORE Hip Hop. Come to think of it, I liked most things ( oh, like wearing a belt when your pants were too large) before Hip Hop!
Monday, August 17, 2009 @1:27:37 PM
You're a brave one though. Scambling through rock moraines with a fiddle is kinda dicey.
Monday, August 17, 2009 @2:08:24 PM
Ok I thought wiplstix was something like a whimpynoodle but turns out it is an object that can be touched.
Monday, August 17, 2009 @4:20:03 PM
Just don't try to bring one through the airport! LOL!
Monday, August 17, 2009 @4:33:18 PM
That is a great idea playing out in nature like that. If you are ever up Marshall's Creek way, there are some nice waterfalls and such that would make for a peaceful setting. I love taking my fiddle to the top of Cadillac Mtn. to play. Mudbug knows where that is, and the nice view. I vote to sell it to her.
Monday, August 17, 2009 @4:48:08 PM
I've been to the top of Cadillac Mountain MANY times! Used to stay on Long Pond years and years ago, back when it was a hippie hangout. Worked in the Epicurean Sub Shop and the Udder Delights Ice Cream Parlor in Bah Hahbah. Watched the Pleiades Meteor Shower from the dark side of Bar Island out in Frenchman's Bay, just my dog, my sleeping bag, and me. I'd move back there in a NY minute. I love Maine.
Re Marshall's Creek, you haven't been there recently. The City Folk have "discovered" the place, which means it will never be the same. You can't wade in the River or Brodhead Creek without bumping into a plastic kayak, canoe or a truck tube. Pretty soon they'll need traffic lights on the damned rapids. I had to qo a ways up the Ap Trail to get away from the worst of it. It's actually less impacted downriver where I live. You'd think they couldn't trash up 19,000 acres of National Park plus another 10k or so of State Forest, but geez, they're well on their way to doing just that . . .
Monday, August 17, 2009 @4:52:29 PM
Oh, and as long as she sends the dough, it's hers. If she doesn't, then I might just keep this for those times when I wanna rough it.
Humbled by this instrument Says:
Monday, August 17, 2009 @7:07:34 PM
A fiddle too few? What, then say you? And how can this be? You'll need thricely three!
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 @1:54:54 AM
Yeah, the top of Cadillac is a beautiful spot, although I've only climbed it from the back side, which is either a 600 foot verticle ice climb, next to an easier one called Cedar Chest, next to an Alpine climb called the Precipice Trail. All very thrilling, but I don't think the sub-zero temps would be too great for my fiddle!
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 @2:28:04 AM
LOL, Mudbug, I drive to the top of Cadillac....much easier.
BJ, next time you come to Maine, let me know; we can play fiddle duets on the mountain
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 @4:29:57 AM
Humbled speaks in Rhyme this time!
I used to climb to the top of Cadillac, but it was on one of the old trails that wasn't marked, had a bunch of stone stairs. Though I can't remember the name of the trail or if it even still had one in anyone's memory, it was a Cadillac of a Trail, with an awesome climb made fairly easy. We used to hunt for those old trails. They were all over the island. I've heard that the Park System is finally getting hip to how wonderful they are and reclaiming them. One of the oldtimers had told me they predate the Park.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 @7:33:25 PM
Well, that fun little junker fiddle has a new home. It's being shipped out tomorrow. So it won't be going to the top of any mountains with me.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009 @3:40:36 PM
Awh! It's nice to be in a post, lol. Well I guarantee that this fiddle has got a great new home. It'll be pampered like no other, I promise yah that. I'm so excited to get it and I could never thank you enough! :)
Ozarkian DL Says:
Thursday, August 20, 2009 @2:35:34 AM
"ONE FIDDLE TOO FEW" ? .........( oxymoron ).
Tuesday, November 17, 2009 @3:50:58 PM
I packpack on the other side of the river. Near Rattlesnake pond. Leading a trip there in February. If you want to meet up with the group, let me know.oh, I'm hoping to get a Wiplstix in the Metz few weeks myself!
Tuesday, November 17, 2009 @3:57:26 PM
I know that side well. Be careful up there, that mountain is riddled with mine holes offtrail. I know where most of them are, but not all of them.
I usually hike in warm weather, my older bones can't take that much cold.
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