Sunday, October 31, 2010

The Session...

We returned from a trip North to visit family tonight, and did encounter the white stuff that happens every year around this time up there. It was good to see this part of the country again, but I was not expecting a partridge to fly out of the bush just South of Latchford, and totally take out a headlight in the car. But I had to chuckle to my self that it could have been a moose! Anyway, it was good to see the old folks again. In this photo, again taken by my wife, is her Dad on the fiddle. He is 96 now, and still can tune the instrument to perfection. I was really amazed as he really leaned into this Tommy Makem song that we were playing, "I got some rosin for me bow". We have played together many times over the last 45 years, and he still blows me away even yet. He just loves the old Irish and Scottish fiddle tunes, as well as the Old Time Canadian Fiddle Tunes, played by the likes of Don Messer, King Ganam, Ned Landry and Ward Allen. He has forgotten more music than most of us will ever learn or remember. It was just a whole bunch of fun to get in a few more tunes with him again. It makes a 10 hour trip more than worthwhile. Until next time Dad....

Monday, October 11, 2010

Music & Friends

There is a folk song from back on the Rock entitled "Music & Friends", and it contains a lot of wisdom and meaning for living a good life. As it is Thanksgiving Weekend, I had the happy occasion to spend it with my family, both here and away, and also a few of my friends. This afternoon, my neighbor Henry, and I spent an hour enjoying the warm temperatures on a bench in the shade, playing a few tunes, and sharing a few laughs. There are a few friends that I left behind in the North, and a few that are new since moving here to Windsor, Ontario, a couple of years ago. They are all a gift to me that I will always treasure. So to everyone who reads this, I hope you all enjoy the good fortune and warmth of family, friends, and good health this Thanksgiving. All three are priceless......

P.S. This photo was actually taken by my wife, Sharon. I told her she was going to do a portrait.....and she did! Thanks love!