As we are out and about sharing music we encourage people to singalong, learn a new instrument and make musical gatherings part of their family traditions. The people we meet share childhood memories about how music was part of their special get togethers. Singing together and playing together builds happy memories. Yesterday as we were at the Liberty Galleria demonstrating our homemade canjos and cigar box ukuleles we met some young parents who want to pass this type of tradition along. The young mom said that she grew up in Kentucky and it was common for friends and family to often bring out an instrument and everyone sang along. She feared that tradition was dying out. But as she walked out with a new ukulele there was a sparkle in her eye. She’s going to revive that tradition where she lives.
At Holly’s house a new Thanksgiving tradition is to pull out the instruments and sing. Our friend Coleen has said she’s begun to have family hootenannies. Holly’s little grand daughters age 3 and 4, are showing signs of becoming little entertainers. Kathy’s 2 year old grand daughter is happily testing every instrument in Grandma’s living room corner. As long as there are instruments out for young people to see and older folks willing to share a few tunes, this tradition will remain. There is just nothing better than being part of musical celebrations.
Since I was a little girl, several family pictures most captured my imagination. One is a little string band posing in front of my Grandparents southside Oil City home. I never knew my grandfather but imagined them gathering a small crowd as they played regularly at their little store or out and about the area. The other is a picture with my mother and her upright bass and guitar. While I never got to play along with either of them, those two pictures inspired me to learn to play.
If you ever wanted to learn to play an instrument – this is your time! Some easy instruments to learn are the ukulele, lap dulcimer and strumstick. They sound great and they are not expensive. If you need a little help getting started, call Front Porch Folk. Join us at Uke Ladies and Gents night at the National Transit.
Our wish for you this Holiday and throughout the year is to open your heart and let the music out. It’s revival time!!!