I haven't been doing too much composition lately. I've rather been digging into a variety of songs like Cottage by the Sea, Hallelu Band, and the Raging Canal. I've also been working on improving my overall playing.
Hallelu band is fun because Converse included a banjo part in the sheet music. I find it to be challenging. Playing songs can be interesting because you have to work out a banjo part, which can be creative work.
Right now I'm scratching my head over Lynchburg Town. The scores that I have found for this do not match any of the recordings that I have heard, and when I compare the common fiddle scores for Lynchburg Town in Converse's 1865 publication it does not match very well at all. You can see what I mean in the attached file.
Here is that comparison, last time I added a file it was huge. There is a lot of clashing between the Converse part and the vocal, playing these to parts against one another sounds awful. If I were to try to sing the published melody line it would sound awful with the Converse part.