Saturday, January 7, 2012

Sunday Music Time


A Gospel Bluegrass Homecoming - [2/9]

There are several great songs on this post. I trust that you will take time to listen to all of them.

The song by the gentleman(Doyle Lawson and Quick Silver) from East Tennessee, I'm Going Home to Heaven One Sweet Day is done in pure shape note singing. Notice the way they tune before singing.  I remember spending many days listing to this kind of music in East Tennessee where I grew up and learned to sing in this fashion as well. In the country, many of the small churches didn't have a piano or organ or someone to play them on a regular basis. "Singers" would travel from community to community teaching what was knows as "Shape Note Singing" in an attempt to educate folks about music and an easy way to sing on key. 

I hope that the music is a blessing.  All of us need "Angels" to watch over us  occasionally as the first songs says. I find this song very appropriate at  the moment. 

Thanks for listening. 




Anonymous said...

Atheists Don't Have No Songs

Fred G.

Ticker said...


sue hanes said...

Ticker - I forced myself to listen to all ten minutes of your Beloved Bluegrass.

Just kidding - I loved it.

Thanks Ticker.

sue hanes said...

Fred G. - and here I always thought that Steve Martin was an athiest.

just kidding - I love Steve Maritn.

thanks Fred G.

Debbie said...

That's interesting. I was never really a Blue Grass fan. But I can verify what you say about churches, musicians, etc. Small local churches were lucky if they had anybody to play an instrument (or an instrument to play) on Sundays. Forget about other days. I remember playing at a local church for funeral services when I was 12 13 years old, I got paid $5.00 and was glad to get it.

Right Truth

Ticker said...

Blue grass music is the heart of the mountain heritage. Much of it was taken from the Irish and Scottish musical background. Listen to Celtic music and you will hear much of the bluegrass sound that our ancestors implemented into their culture and used as a background for many of the songs that they would write describing the toils, the dark times, the happy times that they experienced while rooting out a life in a mountain wilderness that was very harsh and yet not unlike where they had come from.
I will always have a special place in my heart for blue grass music as I listened to my "Mammy" sing it and on occasion play a dulcimer or autoharp when her brother was visiting. He played banjo and anything else with strings on it. His children were also talented and we would often get together on his visits for singing's that lasted well into the wee hours of the morning.
Yes it was quite common for families to pay anyone who could play a tune on a piano to play at the funeral of a deceased loved one. Often as you said, $5 and those who played were more than glad to get it.

Z said...

I like a lot of Blue Grass, not all.
I thought the ISAACS were terrific...

The Steve Martin song's hilarious...I didn't realize he played and sang until the July 4th festivities at the WHite House, I think this last year.??
I think he plays banjo and is pretty good but his group's really good!

Thanks, Ticker, these were fun to listen to

Ticker said...

Yes, the Isaacs are a great group of gospel singers regardless of the kind of music they deliver their message in. They are, in my opinion , one pf the best Blue Grass/ Country gospel groups around.
Thanks for also pointing out that it was the Isaacs doing the featured tune. I failed to mention them.

sue hanes said...

Ticker - Pee or get off of the pot.

sue hanes said...

your silence is deafening