I’m going oing to go social media quiet for a month or so.

Bye bye for now.

Carmelo

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My 2:00 Am & the Joys of Being Lost

“It doesn’t much matter if you are a share cropper from Texas or a Harvard grad; if you don’t know who you are, you are lost wherever the hell you find yourself, and if you do, you do not have much of a problem.”

– Dave Von Ronk

Dave was commenting on that double edge sword that misery and or the joy of the search something that might be.

He was also commenting on the folk music and blues tours…

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My 2:00 Am & the Joys of Being Lost

“It doesn’t much matter if you are a share cropper from Texas or a Harvard grad; if you don’t know who you are, you are lost wherever the hell you find yourself, and if you do, you do not have much of a problem.”

– Dave Von Ronk

Dave was commenting on that double edge sword that misery and or the joy of the search something that might be.

He was also commenting on the folk music and blues tours he did in the late 60s. At the time Dave Von Ronk went and toured with old yet newly found and then rediscovered singers like Mississippi John Hurt, John Lee Hooker, or Doc Watson. Most of those guys were from small Southern towns and of retirement age their 70s and touring with these young hippie/beat folk singers. On a nightly basis they were playing to a mostly white and educated audience that while I’m sure  appreciative, probably didn’t really get that all of these guys were farmers turned working class musicians not some traveling blues museum side show.

From what I’ve been reading in Ronks memoir, The Mayor of Macdougal Street, so many of these music legends knew far more than any Ivy League degree could have taught anyone of us. And I never really knew that there was this actual and yes physical musical connection to the blues that helped that 60s music movement be ‘born.’

So allow me to stop ranting, and I’ll quietly chime in and agree with Von Ronk in saying; never should anyone underestimate the power of being in life rather than just knowing the insides of a book or the theory of how something works.

Go out and be lost in the muck of the swamps and those deep and bottomless oceans of the world.

Right now, I’m pretty excited about what is going to happen next in my future as I really can’t tell what is going to run right around that corner for me….

And please excuse my typos as I post one of many 2am thoughts.

Xo

Carmelo