Dec 11, 2008

Red Wing # 12

Players this week were Raymond James, Oren and Sandy Siders, Paul Jacobs, Jack Logan, Keith Rowell, and Mike Cameron. Mike put some nice polish on Bill Monroe's "Cherokee Shuffle" and we even got about half way through "Dusty Rose".
The recorder and camera both worked this week. It doesn't look like Boomp3 (our audio server) is ever comming back online though. Considering they were free, I can't complain.
Mike Cameron Plays "Cherokee Shuffle".
Here's a little Nancy Blake tune I got in before everyone arrived.

What is this song that Oren is playing?


Dec 3, 2008

Red Wing # 11

Players this week were Raymond James, Oren and Sandy Siders, Paul Jacobs, Keith Rowell and Dan Kelhoffer. It was a very fun night, everybody's voices seemed in top shape and we got some nice harmonies on a few oldies. It was very nice to see Dan Kelhoffer again and he graced us with a cool rag about "Gracie Speed" among others.

Raymond played the first song he ever wrote back when he was 11. That was cool, none of us had ever heard that one before. Of course we did the usual race around the track on "Whiskey b'fore breakfast".

Recording efforts disappointed again this week. But thanks to Oren's microphone cords we had sound through the house system so that was cool and a lot easier than lugging around an amp.

Once young musicians

REDWING song lyrics

the Birdtail King

This charming old song which is the namesake of our project is about an Indian maid longing for her love who is at war. It's an old standard from the 20's to 40's. Besides being a famous song, it refers to our local Indian heritage. The local Creek Indian Chief who represented his tribe in New York in the 1700's was "the Birdtail King". The famous "Rock Eagle" effigy is here, as are the thousands of Golden Eagles it pays homage to. I've counted over 70 in less than an hour directly over my house whirling and gliding in the updrafts, all heading west into the setting sun. It's pretty dramatic. The lesser known "Rock Hawk" effigy is less than 20 miles from the Rock Eagle nearer Lake Oconee. melody.

There once was an Indian maid
A shy little prairie maid
Who sang away, a love song gay
While on the prairies she whiled away the day

She loved a warrior bold
This shy little maid of old
But brave and gay he rode away
To a battle far away.

Now the moon shines bright tonight on pretty Redwing
The breezes sighing, the night birds crying
The moon shines bright on pretty Redwing
Her brave is sleeping, and Redwing's weeping
Her heart away.

She watched for him day and night
She kept the camp fires bright
And under the skies each night she would lay
And dream about his coming by and by


But when all the braves returned
The heart of Redwing yearned
For far far away her warrior gay
Fell bravely in the fray