Well actually the guitar giveaway is at the end of the track-not the train. Do you believe there have been over 600 entries? Wow-I still can’t believe it. This will be the last Spotlight On Music In Appalachia post before the giveaway-so make sure you leave a comment for one more entry.
Trains have been on my mind for the last few days-maybe because I’ve been thinking it’s almost time for the Santa Train-maybe because during my trips back and forth to the VA Hospital I always notice the big steel rails that run along the Nantahala Gorge.
The tracks that go through the gorge-used to continue all the way to Murphy-well they still do-but trains haven’t run to Murphy in years. Seems there is always talk in town about how if we could get the train running again-it would bring tourists (and their money) to town. But so far it’s only been talk.
A few years ago, Pap and I were talking about the train that used to stop in Murphy. He told me him and his Mother used to ride it to see his father in Newport News VA. Pap’s father, Wade, had one leg that was shorter than the other-so he was turned down for service in WWII but did go to work in the ship yards.
Pap told me one other story about the train and his Mother. They were attending church in Factory Town-a little community in the city limits of Murphy. He said as they sat on the bench she poked him gently in the arm and pointed with her head out the window. Pap was only 3 or 4 years old and almost had to stand up in the pew to see what she was pointing at-it was the train. I’m not sure why I think that little memory is so sweet-but I do. Somehow it conveys the feeling of those personal glances and looks we sometimes give those we love-you know when you know each other so well no words are needed just a nudge or a raised eyebrow.
I’ve never ridden a train-but I do like a good train song. Paul recently picked out an old Jimmie Rogers song so you could hear how good that giveaway guitar sounded one more time-take a listen and see what you think.
Sounded good didn’t it? If you’ve got a favorite train song-leave me a comment and tell me about it.