Music

Snow Day – Another Pressley Girls’ Original

During our recent snow the girls filmed themselves doing one of Chitter’s old original fiddle tunes “Snow Day.”

It was one of the first fiddle tunes I remember her writing. Paul and I both adore it and think it’s one of her best, but she has never liked it as much as we do.

Over the years we have videod it several times. Although a quick search told me I’ve never shared it on Blind Pig & The Acorn.

Here’s the original upload back in 2014. You can see how young the girls are 🙂 If I remember right they were out of school for a snow day when Chitter named the song.

Here’e another video Paul uploaded last February of the song—but the video is from about four years prior to that.

Somewhere along the way one of us found a man from Sweden playing the song on a banjo. That was especially thrilling for Chitter—knowing someone you’ve never met likes your song enough to learn it is quite the feather in your cap.

I really love the words he put in the video description: “Snow day by The Pressley Girls on Clawhammer Banjo Original folk music from the appalachian.” That makes me smile 🙂

Here’s the most recent version that was filmed in the snow we got last week.

Chitter still isn’t crazy about the fiddle tune, even though we all love it. The tune has such a happy feel to it and it’s a ball of fun to play.

It’s funny how creators become enamored by certain creations and not others. It reminds me of how I feel about posts I write or videos I make. Some I can’t for the life of me understand why anyone on the face of the earth likes them. While other times I share something I think I really knocked it out of the park on but the creation doesn’t get much fan fare. It also reminds me of something Pap used to tell us.

We’d be fussing about not wanting to play a song because we didn’t like it or we were tired of playing it. He’d always say if you’re performing it ain’t all about you. Do you want to play something you like or something the audience likes?”

Maybe I need to remind Chitter of Pap’s advice since we all love the tune even though she doesn’t 🙂

Tipper

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22 Comments

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    JanL l
    January 25, 2022 at 9:16 am

    enjoyed all the videos of the song. Couldn’t help but smile as others indicated the words they heard when they heard the music. Our 8th grader wondered this morning why he had to go to school, why not a Snow Day. When he fell on the icy snow-covered driveway going to the bus, I imagine these might have been his words. ‘Oh, I want a snow day, Why not a snow day? Oh I want a snow day, make that bus go away.’

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    Christine
    January 24, 2022 at 9:23 am

    I’ve listened to each of the videos, the newest one three times and still enjoy it just as much as the first time I heard it. Love the upbeat, happy tune. Katie, you should be thrilled we all enjoy hearing it and honored that a fan has learned it on his banjo to post on his YouTube channel. That’s a big compliment, young lady! I’m waiting for you or someone to put words to it. Sooner or later it’s going to happen.

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    OkieJammer
    January 23, 2022 at 7:24 pm

    What a compliment that a Musician from the other side of the planet performs your original music. This is a Classic waiting to happen, like ‘Uncle Pen’. All it needs is a listen by the Right Person.
    Keep a positive attitude, Katie. You never know who’s in the audience or what surprises are around the corner. ⚘

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    Gloria Hayes
    January 23, 2022 at 6:42 pm

    Love the tune!! So upbeat and fun! It was great and sounded good also on the banjo. Was perfect for today because we finally got SNOW!!

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    Kenneth Ryan
    January 23, 2022 at 5:49 pm

    Wonderful tune!

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    judy barrett
    January 23, 2022 at 1:05 pm

    Wonderful tune someone should put words to it. I have a friend who wrote some wonderful songs, then refused to sing them. I fell in love with one of them and asked his permission to play it always giving him credit. He agreed and even helped me chord it for my autoharp. Keep writing and playing, there are lots of tunes in the universe, and some lovely ones are coming to you.

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    Sandra Henderson
    January 23, 2022 at 12:58 pm

    That is so pretty! I love how it’s such a happy tune. Great job Katie! You should write more..when you feel inspired to. Corie did a wonderful job chiming in…. I wish it were a snow day today.
    That’s so neat that the fellow in Europe found it and did his own version. What a compliment!

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    Janette Auditor
    January 23, 2022 at 12:44 pm

    Delightful tune!! I will be humming it ALL day!!

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    Allison B
    January 23, 2022 at 12:22 pm

    Enjoyed all 4 videos and all the comments, too! Love the tune. And, I can actually look outside and see snow while listening to it…that’s very rare.

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    Cynthia
    January 23, 2022 at 12:15 pm

    I really like this tune! Really peppy!

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    Margie G
    January 23, 2022 at 11:40 am

    Miss Katie, I thought this lovely little tune really has all the makings of a hit! Tipper, you’re right about what you think folks will love receiving lack luster appeal and what you think is not great, folks adore! Thus, we learn about human nature, I think. I’m certain Willie Nelson or Prince or the Stanley Brothers often we’re surprised at their writings receptions by the public. This tune made me want to skip like a baby goat. I didn’t, but uhhhhh…… and Katie- always remember imitation is THE HIGHEST form of flattery and Mr. Banjo knew a good thing when he heard it.

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    Garland Davis
    January 23, 2022 at 10:58 am

    Love it!

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    Ron Bass
    January 23, 2022 at 10:58 am

    Ya done good, Chitter. I loved it. I played all the videos simultaneously, it was even better. We got 4-5 inches of snow Friday night, a rarity here in flat N.C. It still hanging around got down to 17 degrees last night so this is a perfect tune for today. We didn’t have church today due to the roads being icy, so this was a good way to spend this time. Thank y’all. God Bless

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    Sharon Cole
    January 23, 2022 at 10:11 am

    I really enjoyed this tune. It is so happy! Your girls are so talented. I would have loved to be around Pap. He had common sense & wisdom. Take care and God bless!

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    The apple doll lady
    January 23, 2022 at 9:45 am

    I think it’s a “good-ern”! It’s a nice, fun, peppy and happy tune. I love seeing and listening to how the girls have improved their music. It is much more smooth with some extra licks. I also liked the banjo. How special to hear that! Words kept going through my head by the time I heard him—“Wish I had a snow day. Wish I had some time. Wish I had a snow day with that pretty little gal of mine”! You probably have better words but those came to me. Thanks again for sharing.

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    dee
    January 23, 2022 at 8:57 am

    I enjoyed the music and I especially thought Pap’s words rang so true. Pap was a wise sweet man with a beautiful voice and musical talent that he passed down to his children and grandchildren.

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    Ron Stephens
    January 23, 2022 at 8:02 am

    I think we have all lived what you describe Tipper. People! There ‘s just no accountin’ for ’em.

    I could almost put words to that tune. I think I heard, “I’m so glad it’s a snow day. I’m so glad it’s here. Think I’ll run and jump and holler. That’s just the way I feel.” I remember feeling like that when a snow day kept us out of school.

    Your Dad was so wise. So much of life is not, or should not be, primarily about ourselves, even when things that we think “ours” are at issue. But what a discipline it is to learn and live. I am in awe of those who do it as a common thing.

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    Jim Casada
    January 23, 2022 at 7:37 am

    I don’t understand any of the dynamics of creating an original tune or writing a song, but I know when I like something. I like this. It’s spunky, up lifting, and full of spirit.

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    Miss Cindy
    January 23, 2022 at 6:58 am

    I listened to all four and they are all lovely! The guy from Sweden’s sounded a little different on the clawhammer banjo, but still good.
    It’s funny how sometimes the author doesn’t like their creation. Actually, I guess the creation is never good enough for the author!

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    donna sue
    January 23, 2022 at 6:56 am

    I am one of those that loves this tune by Katie. How exciting that man in Sweden played it on his you tube channel!!! That is the ultimate of compliments! I am like you, Tipper, in that there are some things I do, make, or write that I pat myself on the back and I think what a good job I did. But no one else thinks the same way. But the things that I do that I find everything wrong with, where I don’t expect any praise for a job done at all, others love and give lots of praise over. As I was writing this, that familiar whisper nudged my heart. When we pat ourselves on the back and think what a great job we did – maybe those things go unnoticed by the world because of how proud we are of ourselves. Not being recognized humbles us back to giving God the Glory in what we create, and not ourselves. God is the reason we have our talents. He blessed us with them to serve Him, not ourselves. When we are proud, we are serving ourselves. We like the attention for what we did and that is when we forget to give the glory to God in our hearts. We might give lip service to Him on the outside. But on the inside we want that applause for us. We want the recognition to be over us. Also, thank you for sharing your Dad’s wisdom about doing things we don’t want to do. I tend to be a grumbler in my heart and mind when it comes to things I don’t want to do or am tired of doing. Thank you for reminding me it isn’t about me – once again it is serving Him in all I do. If what I do brings glory to God by making someone else’s heart rejoice and feel closer to God, then that’s what I need to be doing. Thank you for posting all the videos of this song!! I loved them all!

    Donna. : )

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    Martha D Justice
    January 23, 2022 at 6:47 am

    Good job on a SNOW DAY ❄

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    AWGRIFF
    January 23, 2022 at 6:41 am

    I really enjoyed this tune!!

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