Blue River Waltz

person standing in woods with leaf in outstretched hand

Fall of the year has finally arrived in Brasstown. We’ve been having chilly temps and falling leaves. I’ve loved every minute of it.

It seemed like the high heat and humidity of summer would never go away this year. I know Western North Carolina broke a few records for heat during the months of September and October. One morning as I watched the weather I noticed the hot day we’d experienced the day before broke a record from the 1940s. It made me think of men in bib overalls and women in cotton dresses longing for cool weather to come just like we were doing in this year of 2019.

Every fall I find myself taking a deep breath and finding a space of relaxation. Probably the biggest reason is the business of summer gardening, canning, and preserving is over. Our performance schedule also slows down, although it hasn’t done that this year.

Cooler weather plays a role in the relaxed feeling too. When old man winter starts blowing his breath through Wilson holler it feels so good to sit in front of the fire and warm.

A good waltz is the perfect accompaniment for the slow down of fall of the year. The girls learned “Blue River Waltz” a few years back. Jay Ungar and Molly Mason wrote the tune.

If fall of the year has arrived in your area I hope you’re enjoying it as much as I am.


p.s. The winner of the “Lamplighting Time” cd was Bill Burnett who said: “I too enjoy the old classics which have with stood the test of time, many of which my family sang. My Mom had a beautiful Alto voice and anytime we were traveling we were singing some of the old classics, anytime hear them now it takes me back to the great times we shared. The Lamp Lighting photo also takes me back since we didn’t have electrical service at Needmore one of my jobs was filling, trimming the wicks and lighting the lamps. Thanks for the memories.”

Bill send your mailing address to me at [email protected] and I’ll send you a cd!

To pick up your own copy of one of our cds go here.

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  • Reply
    Sue Crane
    October 26, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    Love this waltz. Good job!!

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    Amanda Burts
    October 22, 2019 at 9:22 am

    Love the girls’ playing of the Blue River Waltz! Thank you!

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    October 22, 2019 at 8:27 am

    I live in California but lucky to have spent the last 2 weeks in W VA, my boyhood home, playing old time music and roaming around. Haven’t been here in many years.
    Hope to get down your way some day!

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    Miss Cindy
    October 20, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    Good job, and lovely girls!

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    October 20, 2019 at 4:38 pm

    Nicely done, I seen’m on the Tube, makes me want to get my old fiddle out, haven’t played it in nearly 2yrs now, I know shame on me.

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    Ed Ammons
    October 20, 2019 at 12:46 pm

    Those outdoor videos from The Pressley Girls are the best they have done. I hope there is more!

    As I said in my comment on youtube the link in the description is not complete. It should be

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    Susan Jones
    October 20, 2019 at 10:18 am

    What a lovely way to start a Sunday morning. Please thank Chitter and Chatter from all of your Blind Acorn readers. The girls’ gift of music soars far beyond their wonderful mountains, now draped in red and gold.

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    Ken r in SW. Missouri
    October 20, 2019 at 10:15 am

    It has cooled off out here in s w have had a few Frost’s I think it makes the fruit taste better. Been canning Apple peel jelly ,Apple preserve, and fried apples

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      October 20, 2019 at 9:50 pm

      Beautiful waltz. Thanks Chitter & Chatter. How I would love to feel & see that fall weather.

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    Bill Burnett
    October 20, 2019 at 9:31 am

    I’m looking forward to listening to the Lamplighter cd. Address enroute, thanks.

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    Ron Stephens
    October 20, 2019 at 8:29 am

    Yes, the cool is a welcome relief. It seemed for a time as if it would never rain again or be cool. I finally have a fall garden that looks like a garden.

    Time now to for those comfort foods that just didn’t fit with summer; homemade vegetable soup, chili, beef stew, Brunswick stew, all those so good in the cold meals. And time for most of us to forget about ice cream for awhile.

    I agree. The waltz music is like a contented farewell to summer and a glad welcome to fall. I’m like Jim Casada, it is hard to pick which I like best, April or October; except in April or October.

    Have a blessed fall one and all.

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