In a world of sooo many beautiful songs, this is one of the best. It is simple and soothing even though it is the theme music for one of our country’s most horrific and devastating times in history, the American Civil War. Ken Burns documentary, The Civil War, is historical education at its finest.
Ashokan Farewell is named after the Ashokan Fiddle and Dance Camp in upstate New York. It was composed and performed as a “goodnight and farewell lullaby” each night by its composer and camp founders, Jay Ungar and his wife Molly Mason. And yes, it is written in the style of a Scottish lament.
And “goodnight” to you also.
Between preschool and a wedding, we were not able to get into Discovery to record until this morning. And today was the perfect day to play hooky, so play hooky we did! But here comes this week’s song…
This autumn weather has been so beautiful and would have been a perfect week for LHS homecoming. I loved homecoming! Assembling the floats in the bus garage, thinking up ridiculous skits, the Thursday evening coronation and bonfire (really loved the bonfire!), the football game, and the best part…..the homecoming dance. For those of you who were teenagers in the 1970s, you can name this tune in 4 notes! ( Also one of my favorite audience games on Over the Back Fence in the old days.). This was, and still is, the ultimate slow dance song!!!!!