For enthusiasts of early banjo
OK, sounds like a challenge. Here are a couple of the polkas I've scored out for Chickamauga. Jenny Lind is one of them. I normally allow Elaine to play the lead line, but I've been thinking about how to banjofy this.
Maybe, if I have time today, I will write the TAB out that I have used.
It's not the easiest tune to play on banjo but it is a good tune and.....I'm always attracted to tunes/songs that reflect events of the period. P.T. Barnum arranged for her to do a concert tour in America in 1850 but songs/tunes were published in America before her arrival. One good song is "Jenny Lind Mania".
She was a sensation and all kinds of items, from furniture to handkerchiefs to clipper ships, were named for her. You can go on Ebay and find some. When I learned "Jenny Lind Mania", I named my newly-rescued cat "Lindy", in part, due to one of the song's verses....."My wife's a slave to fashion, against it never sinned, our baby and the kitten are called after Jenny Lind."
Here's a somewhat simplified TAB of Jenny Lind Polka. You can add a bunch of triplets if you are inclined.
And.....here is "Lindy". She loves my cittern case, a perfect fit!
Al, that Lindy is a perfect gem! :)
For the most part, she is but, like all of us, she has a quirk or two.
But she's here to stay!
Sorry to veer off topic, but i just gotta show Al my "Boy Boy" (officially named Little Satchel after the old ballad)...bet he and Lindy would hit it off...lol...
Wes, I am positive that some of the more old fashioned dancers will be coming back into favor. There has been a growing number of young hipster types coming into the old-time music scene, complete with 'old timey' clothes and fedoras... singing and playing to replicate the old 78's and ballads, bringing their cellos, tubas, full size accordions and little pump organs to old-time festivals, contra and square dances. They are avidly exploring and incorporating everything old and obscure, and they'll be searching back in time until they get to the early 1800's. They'll be singing, dancing, playing bones and tambos....the Choc Drops have opened the floodgates. :)
But it's a two edged thing- we'll have to expect that some of them will be participating by playing minstrel repertoire on trombones, snare drum sets, ukes, and yoga harmoniums. It'll be morphing into a new scene and all of us over-50 crowd will be the Old Geezers. It will make for some interesting interactions and adjustments, perhaps some re-thinking...much as has been the case in the old-time music community over the past ten years. ;)
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