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An Early Christmas Gift from my "Early Morning Ear Worms"

Posted by bj on Thursday, December 17, 2009

I've got a bunch of tunes in my "I can play 'em when someone else starts 'em but have no idea of the name, and can't kick 'em off for love nor money" column.

Some of those tunes are ones where, after it's been played, I've asked for the name and I've put the name of the tune on our jam's tunelist so I'd, sometime in the future, manage to find a recording and permanently mentally hook name to tune. Unfortunately, I seldom get around to this, since there are ALWAYS MORE TUNES. So usually they end up being either elusive tunes that just sometimes crop up in memory only to be lost since I don't have a name to hook 'em to, or names on the tunelist without a tune mentally associated with 'em.

Last night was one of the few nights when I didn't play my fiddle right before bed, since I went out for dinner and drinks with Michael Richwine, who was travelling through town all the way from Kansas City. I had been up since 4:30AM and didn't get home until close to 11PM, so I was exhausted, and went right to bed. Not playing my fiddle right before bed is a VERY rare occurence, since I've found that practicing any new tune right before bed is the best way to hook name to tune and hook tune to kickoff, since it seems to play through my dreams overnight.

Well, I didn't have a tune "booted up" before bed, so you'd expect there wouldn't be anything singing through my dream state.

Surprise, surprise! My "early morning ear worms" as fiddlejammer calls 'em, had a tune playing in my ears as I woke up this morning. I immediately picked up the fiddle BC (that's "Before Coffee", a normally hazardous state) and played it, and, realizing the tune was a D tune, I looked at my tunelist while I was playing it.

WOOHOO! Connection made! And I remembered that Rick Carlson always kicked that tune off, so I found it on the Mannion's Jam Tune List, complete with recording of him, Jim Stanko, and Joe Mazotas playing it. The tune? Yellow Rose of Texas.

Now, the minute I hear the name, the tune starts playing in my head. Which means I can kick it off now. YAY!

4 comments on “An Early Christmas Gift from my "Early Morning Ear Worms"”

Ozarkian DL Says:
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @5:01:22 PM

I'm somewhat akin to you regarding music BJ. Being country raised I grew up wit tha OT country tunes, BUT....never really paid em much attention, & grew to sorta dislike most of it until much later in life. ( which I now regret ). I haf'ta fiddle quite a bit afore I can get some'a em recognizable, & I can look at my list & see tha name'a tha tunes but can't recall tha start of em. LOL.

I paid "Woodwiz" a visit bout a yr. er so ago, & he graciously showed me thru. tha different shops & what each person wuz doin. It wuz better'n going thru tha Sears & Roebuck catalog as a kid, & he's tha perfect southern gentleman ( one who plays tha banjo, but refrains frum doin so ) :0] & he'll help ya wit anything & everything, but he wo'nt sell ya nothing.....he'll let YOU be tha buyer.

"Yeller Rose of Texas?" ........shame on ya, thets jus ONE of it's many state anthems.

bj Says:
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @5:39:10 PM

Oz, the Oldtime tune called Yellow Rose of Texas is different than the State Anthem. Not only that, but there's also a crooked version of the tune (not the anthem!)

janepaints Says:
Friday, December 18, 2009 @9:33:51 PM

Don't know why, but first thing in the morning is both my fave time to play (tho mostly on guitar, rarely fiddle or other instruments) and also the time o'day most likely to yield something good, something unexpected--whether a good song idea, a swell riff, or a new way to approach/interpret some old fave. Often i'll play for two hours before realizing some mixture of 1) I'm starving 2) gotta pee REALLY bad 3) totally forgot something I was supposed to do that morning 4) holy smokes, it's been FOUR hours, not two, and now it's afternoon. Anyhow, something special about making music first thing in the day. Feels like meditation, or prayer, or simply fresh. What do birds do, soon as dawn wakes them? They sing. Why not us human beans?

bj Says:
Saturday, December 19, 2009 @5:46:13 AM

I do 10 to 15 minutes almost every morning. I don't do hours though, I'd never get any work done, LOL!

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