One of the stereotypes that Appalachians are often labeled with is- we all have the music making gene. Of course not all of us do. But in my life experience-there has been much music. Not just from my family.
As I look back to childhood and note the close friends I had-there was music in their families too. One friend-her mother plays the piano-her father loved to sing in the choir. Another-her Mother loved to sing in the choir and played the hand-bells as well. Yet another friend’s stepfather played the drums.
Of course if I believed any of the above was relegated to Appalachia alone-I’d be buying into the stereotypes too. Music is loved and played by many across this wide world. But I am thankful my life and my front porch is full of tunes on a daily basis.
I listen to all sorts of music as I drive about my way. At the moment my favorite tune is Sandy Boys-you can hear a version of it by going here. But the version I’m in love with is by Brasstown’s own Dog Branch Cats.
So what’s your current favorite song?
Appalachia Through My Eyes – A series of photographs from my life in Southern Appalachia.