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Fiddling through the recessions

Posted by fiddlerdi on Sunday, October 16, 2011

I expect all of us out there are feeling some sort off effect from the sluggish economy but really what could be a better time than now to be a musician? The thing about playing music is that you can sit down and play anytime, anywhere. It doesn't require a lot of cash to be a fiddler. You can so easily amuse yourself for hours on end at no charge.  Really I think that Fiddling picks up when the economy is bad. You have opportunities to play for more of those sad, longing tunes too.  Those are one's I really like and now there a lot more of sad folks who like to hear them.  The upbeat tunes work well too because when you hear the fiddler playing those tunes you can't help but tap your foot and feel a little better about life.  

Maybe we should elect a Fiddler for our next President! Wouldn't it be interesting if before the President told you some somber news he or she came out and played a couple of fiddle tunes? It could foreshadow the forthcoming news of the next speech and when they finished then they would want to play a fast upbeat dance tune. No matter what they said you might feel better about it.  You have to admit that would be a novelty. A lot more fun to watch too. 

Fiddlers could help with the Wall Street occupation too.  We could set-up a jam and refuse to leave until they gave us a buyout. I bet would last less than a day in that environment, what do you think? All the folks that are participating would be entertained as well. I think we have discovered a secret weapon that no one has thought of. We really need to use our time and talent in a more nationally productive way. I guess the downside would be some overzealous police officer smashing your fiddle, so if we try this we'd need to bring the banger fiddle with us. 

All of us Fiddle Teachers should be doing  a booming business right now.  I have been teaching my students of all ages a few Christmas tunes to play for the Salvation Army Bell Ringers. We'll go around and help with the Christmas fundraisers.  It really does help get a few more dollars in the Kettle, (I think) when we are out playing.  We should all try to do this if we are capable. It's going to be rough year for donations. 

 



5 comments on “Fiddling through the recessions”

mudbug Says:
Sunday, October 16, 2011 @9:26:17 AM

If a politician was a fiddler, I don't think I'd like the music. I like honesty in my music. Good for you, sending your little elves out with the Salvation Army.

Andah1andah2 Says:
Sunday, October 16, 2011 @2:11:56 PM

If it caught on, I think there would still be few folks in the general public who would put in the hard work to truly learn the instrument. There would be lots of ipod apps about it, and things like Fiddle Hero on x-box.

Cyndy Says:
Sunday, October 16, 2011 @4:15:30 PM

My husband has a job but we also have a web start-up that doesn't earn it's keep yet. I bought my fiddle back when we were getting started because I knew no matter how things turned out, I'd need that one thing to keep me going. : )

I think I'd be up for playing along side a bell ringer. Maybe I'll look into it to see if that's a possibility around my neck of the woods. Thanks for a really good suggestion.

Bart Says:
Sunday, October 16, 2011 @11:02:17 PM

Well, it would be nice to have a little music for the political announcements, given all the dancing they do.

OTJunky Says:
Monday, October 17, 2011 @6:02:20 PM

Nero comes to mind.. ;-)

--OTJ

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