After a couple of months of deeply ensconced topics here at Lady Barefoot Baroness my feelings are that something on the lighter note are needed, so this it shall be.
This time in my life is being dedicated to chasing my dreams, both old & new. In fact there is a common thread in my life now of old and new. I am combining old and new in my life everyday. I am also working on that proverbial bucket list of life and this is where today my thoughts bring me.
I have been around music in one form or another my entire life, as far back as a young child I can recall music memories. As far back as when I was about 3 years old I have distinct memories of sneaking out of bed and down the hall on weekend nights and early mornings to listen and watch my mom & dad jam with family & friends. Hoping always to get caught, every time, because it meant after a small chastising I was encouraged to join in and sing with the group., My first stage. I was hooked.
All those years I was involved with music in one form to another, voice lessons as a child, music theory as a tween, performing with a few bands, to managing a band and producing a demo tape for said band. However, I never followed through to learn how to properly play the guitar despite it being on a long bucket list even then.
Because I am taking on my bucket list of life, having had this wonderful new renewal and reminder of who it is I am, I now also have a new roommate, a new friend.
New Friend, Welcome to My World!
My Yamaha Folk Guitar:
isn’t he a handsome one?
I do need to give this beauty a name, as I am slowing learning to play on him. I am taking suggestions I just now decided toward that end to if you kindly have one.
Learning proper is what I am doing, not just learning a couple of cheating chords like I did as a kid. My fingers are somewhat sore, but I think I am not practicing enough, because they are not bleeding. Or calloused yet.
I have several musicians in my life who are giving me lots of advise. My little brother who plays and writes music is one. All welcome. But my closest musician friend, the person in my life I feel closest too helps advise me on all the matters when it coms to these guitar lessons and my new guitar. The wonderful thing about this is I know the criticism if any is in the genuine best interest of my learning to play properly.
I love my guitar already. We have been spending the last couple weeks getting to know one another, this will be a fine friendship.
Old Friend. Where have you been?
This book of music, copy write 1887 by Philip Phillips, is one of the many antique books I have in my book collection. These antique books were part of an in-law relative’s book collection for which I inherited as the rest of this family did not see the charm or the value.
While unpacking one of the final boxes from my ” Moving On” recently I came across this music book above, Bright Gems. I have a thing for unusual music books. this book is an all sheet music for spiritual hymns popular by 50 songwriters in the late 1800’s and before. In the early 1980’s I sang with University of Oregon‘s Chorale society; along with show tunes, the classics, we also performed old spiritual hymns. At the time I shared this book with our director, and he went about finding a copy for his library.
Phillip Phillips (The Singing Pilgrim) 1834-1895
Phillips began teaching singing school at age 19. In 1860, he formed a partnership in Cincinnati, Ohio, with William Sumner & Company, under the firm name of Phillip Phillips & Company, to sell pianos, organs, and Sunday school songbooks. Phillips frequently introduced himself in a town by putting a melodeon in a vehicle, parking on a prominent street corner, and begin to sing and play. His marvelous voice drew large crowds.
Phillips’ other books include: New Standard Singer (New York: 1868) Early Blossoms Musical Leaves Singing Pilgrim Song Life
On a side note about my music book collections:
My most recent acquisition to my collection is actually not so recent as it was a couple of years ago at Peter Yarrow‘s concert I attended. I did at that intimate concert purchase his new “Puff The Magic Dragon” pop-out book, and his “Favorite Folk Music book. Peter wrote an addendum to Puff’s story in this latest version. I will give you only something to peak your interest by saying that Jackie Paper has a granddaughter in this new version. You really should make a point of going back in time with Peter’s new version of his old folk song.
Puff The Magic Dragon by Peter Yarrow.
With Peter Yarrow Autograph
Both books come with sheet music, and CD’s of Peter Yarrow’s music. A must have in any Peter Paul & Mary collection I would say. I did. For mine. They will be treasured in my heart always.
By this time next year I hope to be able to play all 24 songs in this Folk Song Book as well as to play Puff too. I now the lyrics to each tune, have for more years than I will admit to.
Taking Guitar lessons from Peter Yarrow too.
Old & New Friends ~