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My Life in Appalachia 5

soup beans and cornbread

Today I’m sharing the fifth video in an ongoing series which shows evidence of the goodness that abounds in Appalachia.

In this video you’ll get a peek at the only type of concert the girls have been doing during the pandemic…the zoom or online kind.

It seems so weird that we only had three performances in 2020 when the year was shaping up to be our busiest one ever as far as music goes.

The recent gig the girls participated in was an Appalachian Night sponsored by a local non-profit. Along with making music they talked about “crooked tunes” and as usual laughed a lot.

Hope you enjoyed the video! I’m hoping that little bit of snow primed the pump for me to get a big snow in the next few weeks 🙂

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  • Reply
    Barbara Parker
    January 25, 2021 at 10:21 pm

    I sure did enjoy the entire presentation. Only trouble is, it made me hungry…..and homesick for the mountain life.

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    Lori Barlow
    January 25, 2021 at 6:29 pm

    We are new to your videos and blog and are enjoying them very much!
    I thought you’d get a kick out of this… After we watched your video on making biscuits, my 68 year old husband ran out the next day, found White Lily flour and made your biscuits! He was so excited, and they were delicious! He’s already planning his next batch!

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    Miss Cindy
    January 25, 2021 at 3:00 pm

    Another wonderful and heart warming picture of life in Appalachia. Do you realize, Tipper, you have a rare and beautiful family!

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    Gayle Larson
    January 25, 2021 at 2:51 pm

    Tipper, You really need to get smellavision. The food looked delicious. The girls sound great as usual.

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    January 25, 2021 at 1:49 pm

    I think this was my favorite one yet – although, they are ALL good and so interesting! I love this series of videos and hope you will be able to continue it. The last scene of the smoke coming out of your chimney was so heartwarming, and of course, I love hearing your dear girls sing! And, it is always so interesting to see you cook. I cook very similarly to the way you do. I’m fasting today, so this made me hungry! LOL!! So wonderful to visit with you today. God bless you and your family!

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    January 25, 2021 at 1:32 pm

    Good one, Tipper! I loved the variety of scenes and especially
    enjoyed the violin concert in the woods! How poetic!

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    Karen Barnett
    January 25, 2021 at 12:49 pm

    What a wonderful video! At one point one of the girls says, “This is one of the few songs I’m going to give you some potatoes on.” I might be completely out of touch, but I have no idea what that means. Can you help me with it? Or did I hear it wrong, maybe?

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      January 25, 2021 at 1:09 pm

      Karen-you heard it right! She meant she was going to give a few beats on the fiddle to get the song started. That’s a fairly common saying in old time music circles especially where there’s a fiddle player 🙂

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        Karen Barnett
        January 25, 2021 at 2:42 pm

        Thank you so much! I play guitar, tin whistle, and a little hammered dulcimer, but I hadn’t heard this term before. I’m filing it away for future use.

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    January 25, 2021 at 11:07 am

    Memories come back of the coffee percolator. My son still has our old one and thinks it makes the best coffee. My mouth is a watering for those beans and cornbread, and I enjoyed the walk in the woods with the little waterfall and seeing the mouth of the spring. We have an old spring close to our old place that was near the side of the road. It was used by the first settlers in early 1800’s, plus every year since. I am sure Native Americans used it before N.E. MS., was settled. That fiddle playing has gotten better and better, and I sure loved the hymn singing!! Wonderful video as usual!

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    Ron Stephens
    January 25, 2021 at 9:28 am

    Well, I’m sorry girls but I still would not know a crooked tune if – as Dad would say – I met it in the road. But I take your alls word for it any ole time.

    I like to watch the Deer Hunter foolin’ around with fire. I can tell he is well acquainted with it and treats it as a friend; not unsafely but with knowledge of what it can and can’t do. He knows the art of fire building and fire tending. And I expect his reaction should he read this would be, “Naturally. Doesn’t everybody?” He has the same unhurried, easy-moving way as an old man I worked with over 40 years ago. We used to build a fire in the woods in winter to warm the paint in our paint guns. Sounds like an excuse to build a fire but it really was more efficient.

    In the country I grew up in, houses are mostly on top of the ridges and springs are mostly under the cliff, thus below the houses. But for those uncommon places where there was some bottom in the holler they could have gravity water. some of my wife’s cousins have a cabin in the holler with water piped from a spring.

    I remember those percolator coffee pots. That was all the kind I knew as a small boy though I’m sure that out in the wider world electric was the thing. Later we had electric to but you couldn’t watch the bubble on top so it was not as much fun.

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    Bob Dalsemer
    January 25, 2021 at 9:15 am

    Ragtime Annie sounds great! Could you please play it a little faster?

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      January 25, 2021 at 9:32 am

      Bob-we hope you are well 🙂

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    Jim Casada
    January 25, 2021 at 9:09 am

    Tipper–Some random comments.
    1. I’m reading before breakfast and that omelet in the making don flung a craving on me.
    2. I loved the excerpt from “Where the Soul of Man Never Dies”–fine harmony
    3. I did a world of square dancing as a youngster–long ago and far away. I don’t remember Rag Time Annie ever being one of the tunes for dancing. Two that do stand out were “Down Yonder,” “Buffalo Gals,” and “Under the Double Eagle”

    I’d love to know the dance tunes others recall.

    Jim Casada

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    Rosemary D Woods
    January 25, 2021 at 7:39 am

    I enjoyed My Life in Appalachia 5 very much this morning….one of the great ways to start the day. The girls have beautiful voices.

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