Neurological issues have made typing difficult, so I am writing my next book by hand. In this video Dear Old Dad and I share how we are getting the words out of my head onto the page with the tools available.
I write in pencil on legal pads and Dear Old Dad transcribes my Phoenician hen scratches onto the computer.
We are posting edited handwritten chapters on Patreon for our sponsors.
Playing and singing as a form of banjo meditation.
Today we explore 3/4 time and sing a little tune made famous by Elvis Presley.
Came home from a walk to discover Dear Old Dad in the middle of a banjo lesson.
Dad’s chair ate a bracket wrench, Precious the Chihuahua piddled every time our guest petted her, I tried to help and we all wound up laughing and learning and sharing. This is what folk music is all about.
Hard day tomorrow. another MRI.
I started to worry about the test and the results and realized that none of it matters. You can’t relax and enjoy the jam session if you are fretting over the amount of time you have. Just enjoy the moment so fully that it seems to go on forever.
My insurance put the kybosh on the second MRI, so I will be safe at home writing instead of being stuffed into the Magnetic Cannoli of Doom.
James Laurie is getting better week by week and sharing his progress with all of us.
You are doing great, James. Don’t be afraid to toss in another tune at this point. Look for Lynchburg Town, Roving Gambler, Gypsy Girl or even The White House Blues.
You can find tab for all of those songs in my free library – or you can use YouTube to learn them by playing along. There is no right or wrong way.
If you do use tab my father and I have stumbled across something that may be useful. When we were learning we both wrote out tab for the songs we were learning by hand in a little staff notebook. We both think that writing everything out by hand helped us both understand and retain the material better than just picking up a sheet of tab.
I am proud of you. Keep going!
Today on Sing the Banjo! we play and sing a classic in the old home and mother theme of songs titled Where the Whippoorwill is Whispering Goodnight.
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Patrick just handed me the next chapter of his new book. This one is a doozy. I will have the first edit back to him tomorrow to scan and upload in longhand for our Patreon subscribers. Then back to me for transcribing and more editing. I am having a ball working with him on this project. As God is my witness it is all true and no names have been changed to protect the guilty.
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Two tests at our local hospital last week with one more (MRI) next week. Them back to the neurologist. Prayers welcome.
Peace to all,
Pat Costello (Dear Old Dad)
Banjos, meditation and different strokes.