Appalachia Music

Twin Delights

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Chitter, David, and Chatter

I recently had a wonderful conversation with a mother of twins. Her twins are closer to my age than to Chatter and Chitter’s. Like us, the only children she and her husband had were twin girls.

Her twins were quite the surprise because she didn’t know they were twins until they were born. I knew I was carry twins at seven weeks so we had a while to let the good news sink in.

We both agreed it was truly wonderful to be the mother of twins.

I never said I wanted twins and if I’d been given a choice I would have said “No one will be just fine.” But after I had the girls I couldn’t imagine having a single birth. I mean they’d be all alone how would that work?

A few years back David Kaynor, who is a great friend to the Blind Pig Family, composed a fiddle tune in honor of the girls. He titled it “Twin Delights.”

David has been diagnosed with ALS. The close relationship he has with Chatter and Chitter is often in my thoughts.

Last year the girls had the privilege of playing “Twin Delights” with David at the Folk School.

In a few weeks the girls are going to Massachusetts to visit David. They’ll be playing a few gigs around the area. If you’re interested in the details let me know.

Tipper

Appalachian Cooking Class details

Come cook with me!

MOUNTAIN FLAVORS – TRADITIONAL APPALACHIAN COOKING
Location: John C. Campbell Folk School – Brasstown, NC
Date: Sunday, June 23 – Saturday, June 29, 2019
Instructors: Carolyn Anderson, Tipper Pressley

Experience the traditional Appalachian method of cooking, putting up, and preserving the bounty from nature’s garden. Receive hands-on training to make and process a variety of jellies, jams, and pickles for winter eating. You’ll also learn the importance of dessert in Appalachian culture and discover how to easily make the fanciest of traditional cakes. Completing this week of cultural foods, a day of bread making will produce biscuits and cornbread. All levels welcome.

Along with all that goodness Carolyn and I have planned a couple of field trips to allow students to see how local folks produce food for their families. The Folk School offers scholarships you can go here to find out more about them. For the rest of the class details go here.

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10 Comments

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    SusieQ
    March 26, 2019 at 9:59 pm

    I was toe tapping right along with that tune, while making a drum out of my desk..:) . What a sweet and thoughtful man , someone that teaches caring with his life….friends are such a gift. My husband is an identical twin, their mother didn’t know till after they were born(they put mothers to sleep in those days in 1950) 5 minutes apart both weighing a bit over 4 pounds. Their daddy came out of the waiting room proudly holding up 2 fingers, so surprised and overjoyed all at once…Named them Donnie and Ronnie ,and my sister is married to their older brother, David. They were all so loved . And oh the stories we wives have heard:). They all served in the Vietnam War, One in Vietnam, one in Germany, one in Alaska, What a thankfulness to God that they all came home, so many didn’t.

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    Quinn
    March 25, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about your friend’s diagnosis. You’ve mentioned him often and he sounds like a very special person.
    I am interested to know whereabouts the music will be happening. You probably know I don’t get about much these days, but since I’m in MA, you never know…

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    Ed Ammons
    March 24, 2019 at 10:30 pm

    Your twins are like Little Debbie cakes!! The first one excites the taste buds, the other one calms them!! Which end you open first doesn’t matter!!
    Little Debbies most often come in twin packs!! It’s a shame most people don’t!
    David Kaynor is a genius!

    just my thoughts!

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    betty stephenson
    March 24, 2019 at 1:25 pm

    my brothers are twins but one has gone from us and one stiil here and has just turned 65

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    Wanda Devers
    March 24, 2019 at 11:33 am

    I’m so sorry to hear about your friend’s illness.

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    Miss Cindy
    March 24, 2019 at 10:46 am

    David is such a sweet spirit in this world, I love to be around him. He has certainly has been a great influence on your Twin Delights! The song is just precious as is the man who wrote it!

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    Shirl
    March 24, 2019 at 9:44 am

    Twins run in my family on both sides. My sister had twins-a girl and boy. Dad’s sisters are twins and one of them had twins. Mom’s sister had twin boys. I was so young when I had my first daughter, God must have known I couldn’t handle two at the same time. My girls are five years apart and were never close except for a few years when they both had young boys.
    How exciting for the girls to be traveling to visit David! Seeing them will be a big dose of Twin Delight.
    God Bless David!

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    Brian P.T. Blake
    March 24, 2019 at 9:24 am

    My older brother, John, and I are also unexpected twins, born twenty minutes apart. Mother said, “I’m going to have another one!” This was in 1940. We were premature and very small, but she brought us home from the hospital anyway and put us in a cardboard box, heated with a light bulb. It worked! Seventy nine years later, we’re still here.

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    Terry
    March 24, 2019 at 8:29 am

    David Kaynor seems like a wonderful and delightful person; I pray for the Lord’s grace, healing mercy, and great comfort in coping with ALS, and I am thankful for his willingness to share his talents to make our lives more joyful!

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    Terry
    March 24, 2019 at 8:20 am

    Great personalities, great tune, great talent, and great pink boots! I’ve seen one foot tapping while standing and playing before, I’ve even seen alternate feet taping, but I have never seen both feet tapping at the same time before, and in a drummers pattern to boot. (No “boot” pun intended) Thanks for posting; It’s always enjoyed!

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