"This wonderful volume is a first, a sensitively written personal reflection on the poetics and passions of mountain music. There have been studies, collections, and histories of Appalachian music, but now Steven Harvey, in essays attuned to the seasons of life and musical modes, has turned our attention to the complex ways in which fiddle tunes, ballads, and especially banjo picking can move heart and spirit."
Harvey's essays measure out in words the four seasons of a life in music. Springtime pieces describe playing music in the log house of friends born and raised in the mountains or entering a banjo contest and losing with style. There are essays about fiddles and the devil, homemade instruments and homemade weapons, and a trip to England to trace mountain songs back to their elusive sources. As the book progresses into winter, the mood darkens, with pieces exploring the connection between music and resentment, loss, and death.
Descriptions of music, hills, and people blend into a rich harmony as Harvey explores where music has taken him--where, in fact, music can take any of us.
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