The Daily Frail 9/24/2018

Today we have an exercise that will help you with the basic frailing strum, playing in C out of G tuning, chord progressions and full chord hammer-on’s.

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Just A Few Memories

Amy loved having her picture taken, but she rarely allowed me to hang on to the images. As much as she tried, she could never get used to the way I shared day-to-day events with my online students.She saw photographs as something private and I saw the camera as a window to our little world.

In the end, I gave most of my files to Amy. We shared some pictures on the web over the years, but for every pictures that got posted there were a dozen or more that she filed away.

I still have a few folders on my computer, but my main database is my memory. Years from now, when the pain isn’t quite so fresh, I’will sit down with my musical instruments, writing supplies, art supplies or all of the above and find a way to tell our beautiful and sad story.

Between then and now I’ll post some of those hotly debated photographs every now and then.

At  Shenandoah National Park
At  Shenandoah National Park
With Trace Beaulieu and  J. Elvis Weinstein
With Trace Beaulieu and  J. Elvis Weinstein
Testing out closed-caption glasses at the Manassas multiplex
Testing out closed-caption glasses at the Manassas multiplex

Wild Spaces

Amy and I loved visiting wild places and wandering around with our cameras. I will miss sharing that with her.

Tomorrow is National Public Lands Day. You can visit national parks for free! 

I would give anything to go to Assateague for a few hours, but these strokes have left me unable to drive.  I would give anything for a few hours alone along the salt marsh tomorrow . . . but my wandering days seem to be over.

If you are healthy and able, get out tomorrow. Take advantage of the free pass. Get out and see someplace wild and beautiful while you can. 

Sing the Banjo! Skip To My Lou and the Red River Valley

Today we look at the first two songs in The How and the Tao of Old Time Banjo. Go Tell Aunt Rhody and The Red River Valley . . . at least that was the plan. Somewhere along the line I wound up singing Skip To My Lou instead. Working too hard this week.

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Tiny Happiness

I was just out filling the bird feeder. To my joy and surprise, a female ruby-throated hummingbird flew out of the zinnia patch and watched me do my chores from the safety of our pecan tree.

I think she was drinking nectar from the morning glory vines that ran wild through the garden this summer.

 What a blessing to have such a visitor on a mild September morning.

I guess I should start carrying my camera when I feed the birds at the start of the day.