Appalachia Music

Spotted Pony

Spotted pony fiddle tune by the pressley girls

Every Christmas the girls make a dvd of new material for Pap’s Christmas present. They try to do songs he hasn’t heard them do so it’ll be a surprise. They’ve been doing the Christmas dvd for at least 4 or 5 years. We usually aim for at least 5 songs but will settle for 4.

Sometimes the project turns into a labor of love…at least it does for the videographer who as you might guess is me.

It’s not that I don’t enjoy the music, but most years there’s lots of silliness that just won’t quit along with a bit of arguing and fussing between the girls. My practical nature believes we should be able to complete the task in no more than an hour. But between the silliness and the fussing filming 5 songs can turn into hours and hours.

Once we’ve completed the filming we are always ecstatic over the end result…even if it did take way to long (in my opinion) to achieve our goal.

This year’s dvd filming was different.

We filmed a total of 6 songs, 7 if you count the 2 versions of one number we left because we couldn’t decide which was best. The whole process went so smoothly that I couldn’t believe we were done…in what had to been less than an hour.

Why was it so different? I don’t really know but here are my guesses:

  • the girls are growing up
  • after the scare Pap gave us back in May they realize just how precious the gift is
  • Chatter was recovering from a cold and she wanted to finish quickly before she began to feel bad again

Here is one of my favorites from the dvd.

The girls learned the fiddle tune at the folk school. I like the catchy tune but my favorite part of the video is the ending. Chitter sort of run out of time and room and got tickled over how she ended the song.



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    Rev. Rose Marie "RB" Redmond
    January 4, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    Perhaps the reason for the lack of silliness and arguing was a combination of all three.
    Whatever the reason, enjoy the blessing while it lasts. ;o)
    God bless.

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    Ethelene Dyer Jones
    January 4, 2016 at 10:54 am

    For some reason this did not come through on my e-mail on Sunday, January 3, 2016, so I accessed it online on Monday, January 4. I’m glad I did, because I thoroughly enjoyed the guitar and fiddle on “Spotted Pony.” I know their Pap must have been thrilled to get another special DVD for Christmas! What a wonderful gift! I hope all of you have a happy new year!

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    January 3, 2016 at 11:37 pm

    I too spotted this on YouTube. I really enjoyed it and I am glad your girls still have a lot of little girl left in them. It’ll be gone too soon and you’ll wish you could turn back the clock. Personally I like that kind of music on the fiddle. It’s what the fiddle was created to play. Will you be showing any more of the music from the DVD? I surely hope so!

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    Ken Roper
    January 3, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    I’m not a fan of that “George Washington Folk Dance Music” but it was funny, especially at the end. I hope Pap liked it. What a thoughtful Christmas Present!
    They announced on the radio that The Wilsons would be near my shop today,
    but I thought that ain’t Tipper’s bunch or she would have mentioned it on her blog. They were going to be at Valleytown Baptist, behind Hardees’. I’ve been there, and several of my friends go to Church there.
    I may never pull for the Oregon Ducks again, they had a 31 to nothing lead at halftime and lost the blooming game. I’m ’bout footballed out! …Ken

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    Wanda Devers
    January 3, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    What a great idea! Pap will enjoy it so much.

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    January 3, 2016 at 11:04 am

    The girls did a wonderful job playing this tune. I loved it; I felt like I wanted to just dance around the room and keep it playing and playing. Thanks for a great Sunday bit of listening fun.

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    January 3, 2016 at 10:48 am

    Wow! As usual, another great performance by the Pressley Girls.They just get better and better. I’m sure Pap loved this gift!

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    Miss Cindy
    January 3, 2016 at 7:37 am

    It’s a sweet tune but I could tell Chatter didn’t feel good and YES, the girls are growing up. They are now sweet young women more of the time than they are silly little girls. Of course they are beautiful and talented either way.

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    January 3, 2016 at 7:13 am

    I watched the video first on You-Tube, I thought they did very well, the ending reminded me of how we would dismount these pony’s some neighbors had when I was growing up, we didn’t have saddles so we rode them bare back, when it was time to get off, you threw your leg over and jumped, sometimes it was a good landing and sometimes not so good… but we had fun..

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