I got notes from a few people who were happily surprised to hear that I lived in Havertown, PA before moving to Crisfield. Yesterday’s news clipping wasn’t correct in calling me a Havertown native because we moved several times when I was growing up.
Anyway, the talk of Havertown and longing for warmer weather wound up being serendipitous because I just stumbled across this huge old cabinet photograph my grandfather gave me when I was little. My grandfather was a big sports fan and was always telling stories about paling around with Jimmy Dykes from the Philadelphia Athletics. I don’t know anything about the team or why my grandfather thought the picture was important enough to save, but it is a cool image of some rough and tumble boys of summer.
Wow. Talk about ancient history. I found this news clipping from The Crisfield Express published on May 15, 1991. I was invited to visit the local elementary school with my banjo. It was a pretty good day.
Here are two simple banjo tunes to work on in standard tab and Braille-Friendly banjo tab.
Braille-Friendly Tab for Handsome Molly
Braille-Friendly Tab for Roving Gambler
I took a break from the book and wandered down to Brick Kiln Road. There I spotted a work boat with probably the best name for a fishing boat since the movie Cabin Boy.
The wind was cold so I didn’t stay too long, but it was nice to take a break and walk with my camera. Warming up now with a mug of hot tea and Pooka the cat before I go back to work.
On this day in 1809 Edgar Allan Poe began his short life.
My mother encouraged my voracious appetite for books when I was very young, and around the time I was starting elementary school she introduced me to the works of Poe and many other authors. I loved Jack London, Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost, but Edgar Allan Poe was my favorite. To this day he is still my favorite author.
Project Gutenberg has all of Poe’s work freely available. http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/author/481
I am planning on turning off my computer tonight and curling up with a few of my favorite Poe stories. The Cask of Amontillado, The Fall of the House of Usher and The Pit and the Pendulum, to name a few.
Happy birthday, Mr. Poe.
For today’s Daily Frail tweet we have a simple variation on Boil ‘em Cabbage Down.
Download the tab as a .pdf file.
The Second edition of The How and the Tao of Old TIme Banjo is almost at the point where I can hand the manuscript over to Dear Old Dad for editing.
In addition to a lot of new and revised content, The How and the Tao of Old Time Banjo Second Edition is also getting a new cover. It would mean a lot to me if some of you could take a moment and write two or three sentences about how the first edition helped you learn to play the five-string banjo to put on the back cover. Email your quote to this link. Be sure to add in a note saying that I have your permission to use your quote on the back cover.
A new edition of The How and the Tao of Old-Time Banjo! I can hardly believe it! 2015 is off to a pretty good start!