Posted by jlfoster on Saturday, October 18, 2014
Welcome to my blog about bringing back the old blue grass band, "The Blue Diamond Boys." We were the original BDB's and I believe someone took it. Anyway, they changed the name to, "The Mountain Parkway Boys." This is what I believe the name of the band still is to this day, unless its been changed and I am not aware. Unfortunately I suffered a brain injury and have had a considerable amount of memory wiped out or damaged and don't remember things as they happened so to speak. This includes music, family and old memories of the old'n days. I have come a long way in the last 3 to 4 years and part of helping my brain is trying to reclaim those memories. I started with comic books, and found some of the old 70's comic books brought some forgotten memories. Unfortunately, I have a severely damaged short term memory. Unlike comic books when it comes to music, I have to relearn every song all over almost every time I play it. The remaining members of the band are looking forward to getting together again if health issues are not too difficult preventing travel and care as the singer and banjo player are older now, about in their 70's.
I will update when anything changes in the old band. Our over all purpose is to play old timey bluegrass music and have fun doing it, that's the best bluegrass there is.
Monday, October 20, 2014 @9:13:41 AM
Sorry to hear about your B.I. issues. I work with folks who have the same issues, although everyone is different. Does it help a tune to stick AT ALL to play it over and over for very long periods? I often sick with a tune for hours...
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 @5:57:18 AM
Hey Chickenman, thanks for asking and for your interest. Its been very difficult for myself and others like me that struggle with T.B.I.'s. Growing up on bluegrass and other types of music has been a big help in my case. I have to relearn every song that we played before. Found out yesterday we played over a hundred songs! Already have a cheat sheet to help me along. Yes, playing the song above normal practice times can make a difference, unfortunately I have to learn the song over from the beginning to the end. Then I can play the song with few mistakes. In the old'n days, I would learn a song as simple as a new dance step. This is part of my therapy to help stimulate my brain. I've tried reading old comic books from my childhood, old movies. When memories are lost, they are gone for ever. I'm making new ones!
Thursday, November 13, 2014 @6:10:17 AM
Will be posting some videos very soon. Unfortunately, the person video taping had his finger over the mic. Shame
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