|Pretend Picnic #1
||[Aug. 13th, 2006|04:53 pm]
A community based around the liking of good music
|||||pete coe- kings and queens of england||]|
A little over a week ago, I played (guitar, Jew's harp, and harmonica) in an impromptu folk jam session, in a traditional Mongolian yurt, in Scotland. I'm almost completely convinced that there is something to be said about that experience, but I am not entirely sure how to say it. The yurt was packed with around 15 folk musicians with guitars, banjos, bouzoukis, harmonicas, accordians, fiddles, etc. It was around 4AM and consequently our song repertoire was quite random-- we played Carter Family songs, then Johnny Cash and Woody Guthrie, followed by Bob Dylan, and a bunch of traditional ballads. There was so much incense burning and the atmosphere inside the yurt was so thick with smoke that you could hardly see the chords that you needed to play, but the acoustics were suprisingly good. There was a ~12 year old boy there who could play 'Johnny B. Good' in B and he sounded just like Chuck Berry except he had a Scottish accent.
I hope I haven't set some sort of horrible precedent for these pretend picnics that we were promised upon joining this community. I'm sorry.