Fl!p’s mom, Maryann Breskin, was born and raised in Ustick, just north of Boise. Mom’s heart connection with the apple ranch and vinegar factory were so clear that in the last years of her very long life she sat down with a piece of graph paper and drew a map of the ranch from memory. We were able to locate the original farmhouse from her map overlaid on Google Earth. She was accurate within a foot on the whole place. We’re bringing a few of her ashes back to her first home. It seems right to bring some songs of home and family as well as our usual goofiness.
Susan Elliot has offered to host a house concert for us Sunday May 19 when we come. We’ll start with a potluck BBQ, and proceed with music. We’ll finish by about 5 PM. We may also find a way to do a workshop on Ergonomics For Musicians, one of Fl!p’s passions.
I’m turning 69 on Tuesday. I used to throw a birthday concert every year for decades, until I got too caught up in caring for family members five years ago. I decided this morning that it could be fun to throw an impromptu mini-concert at the gazebo, and give myself the gift of friends and neighbors to sing with. If there are enough of us, I’d love to lead a few Traditional American Playparties (simple singing and motion games). No PA, just everyone’s voices together. No seating unless you bring your own. Probably even no cake unless someone else shows up with one. But great sing-along songs, old and brand new. If nobody shows up, Zeke and I will sit around and sing with each other for half an hour or so. We’ll bring the Celebrated Twangoleum as well as my Columbia guitar. We’ve been invited for dinner at 7:00 so this won’t be a long event.
Potluck at 5:30; concert at 7 PM. Fl!p and Zeke are each bringing new songs to share.
We love any excuse to sing wonderful old songs! Vintage favorites from circa 1800 through the 1940s. Sweet songs of yesterday, that everyone used to know. Come take a trip down memory lane, joining enthusiastic tour guides with guitar and mandolin!