Friday, December 4, 2009

"Ashokan farewell" My favorite violin piece.


This song inspires me, makes me cry sometimes but mostly makes me happy. I remember the first time I heard this song. I was playing drums at the Cass County Opry, a country music show in the Kansas City area, when the fiddle player takes off playing it. It was one of those moments when you realize that music comes straight from God.

I also remember another time when Kristi and I were walking down Broadway in Nashville. We passed a young lady playing fiddle for tips and just as we got in front of her, she starts playing "Ashokan Farewell". Of course it hit me like a ton of bricks because I hadn't heard it in so long. I tried to explain why that song was so special to me, but I couldn't find the words. I just tipped the lady, wiped away a few tears and kept walking. It was almost like she knew it was my favorite song.

Jay Ungar wrote this back in 1982 after the annual music retreat ended. It was also picked up and used in the PBS series on the civil war.

I found this video of a really talented kid playing the song. He really did it justice.

Enjoy and as always...keep the faith.

Phil

1 comment:

Nancy @ La Chambre Rose said...

Yup, tears, not of sadness, but for the beauty of the music in the world. I love listening street musicians. I love the Fiddle Fests in PA we attended. This does remind me of a "hole in the wall" bluegrass? Kentucky bar I went to many years ago. I will never forget it. The local musicians made more of an impact on me than the "big" name concerts I have attended. Wish I could tell them that almost 30 years later, I still remember that night.

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