Monday, November 3, 2008
Music for the sheer joy of it
I enjoyed the Weekly Fast Session at Fibber McGee's. I knew these happened all over the world. Groups who buy their own instruments and practice alone in order to get together for no pay and little praise just to enjoy the tradition and magic of Irish Jigs, Reels, Hornpipes, Spratheys, and Airs.
You become a part of tradition, of music written by untrained musicians, gathering in pubs and parlors over the centuries to provide entertainment and dance for just the family, the neighborhood. I love this music because it is so accessible. I could probably never perform in a jazz combo and definitely not a symphony, and just barely the praise band at Church, but with some discipline you can drum, strum, blow, and enjoy. Now, Irish fiddlers and pipers, they pass down an instrument that takes a life time to master, and those simple tunes have some of the most intricate and beutiful blend of rhythm and variations you could ever hope for.