Monthly Archives: August 2012

Brooklet Schottische

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Here’s a slow rag I played on bottleneck guitar. I picture sitting on the porch with a lemonade on a day when it’s too hot to move fast.

There are plenty of blemishes left in the sound. Most recordings try to isolate the music and eliminate background sound. I am experimenting with doing the opposite, because being able to hear the moment and the context gives the music emotional kick. But I don’t know if that is distracting and annoying.

I learned it from Turner’s Banjo Journal No 10. The original was probably perky instead of slow. You can find the sheet music I worked from here: This is probably from the early 1880s.

Here’s the sheet music for those who are inclined that way (chords added by me to make it easier to jam on):

I was inspired by “Dark Was the Night” by Blind Willie Johnson, the Ry Cooder soundtrack for “Paris, Texas”, Ben Harper’s and John Fahey’s weissenborn playing.

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Joy Drops party photos

The Joy Drops played a rockin party last night. At first I was worried that our good time music wasn’t emotionally distant enough for SF, but that was needless. We even got a big crowd of ladies up to do karaoke on “I want to be loved by you,” the Marilyn Monroe tune. They were fun, out of tune, loud, perfect in every way.

Thanks to the hostess Natalie Zahr for having us.

Noah Maffit and Paul McCue performing with The Joy Drops

Noah Maffit and Paul McCue performing with The Joy Drops

view from the stage at a party the Joy Drops played

view from the stage at Natalie’s party