Saturday, April 27, 2013

Saturday Good Reads: Sleepy Man Banjo Boys

It’s been a hard week at work. No, make that it’s been a hard two months. I can actually pinpoint when it started – Tuesday, February 19. It’s been non-stop, with occasional spikes of work erupting out of an already increased volume.

To break the pressure, I read poetry, the Bible, a mystery novel or two. I find a refuge over at The High Calling, and I go looking for beauty at TweetspeakPoetry.

And then I stumble on something like this, music I first heard in December 1972 when I saw the then-newly released movie Deliverance. I was a senior in college, recuperating from fairly serious surgery, and back at school during the break, to make up several incompletes in courses because of my surgery. One night, my former girlfriend called (we had broken up some time before), and she said “Let’s go see a movie, for old time’s sake.” So we did.

I got to pick the movie. There was nothing Freudian about the title. I think. But we saw it, and then had a soda afterward, and agreed that we should stay “broken up.”

But I loved the music of the movie. And I never thought that one day I would see three young brothers play it.


Bill (cycleguy) said...

WOW those guys were good. And they all looked like brothers. What a musical family.

H. Gillham said...

I knew James Dickey through a friend of mine who became poet laureate of Georgia, well, for a spell.

I never saw Deliverance [I know the story] -- but I know that the sound of that music brings "memories" to the minds of folks who did. My husband always makes cracks about it.

Those boys are just adorable.

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diana said...

Wow. That's all. just WOW. (And thanks, too.)

nance said...

saturday reads good