Roger Deitz’s Ragtag

Welcome to the online home page for Roger Deitz’s “RagTag” column. Roger’s always fluid and fun observations, and downright inspired way with a turn of phrase, have graced the last page of Sing Out! magazine for almost two decades. The first 15 years of his columns have been released as a book (ordering information in the sidebar to the right), and now we’re pleased to be able to share his more recent musings and reminiscences here in digital form.

If you’d like, you can subscribe to receive these columns via RSS or email (again, you’ll find the links for that on the right). To access any of the full essays excerpted below, just click on the title. Enjoy!

No Harmony, No Foul

Not to sound Santa-monious, but last Christmas Eve, I could swear I heard banjo music coming from the parlor. A few nifty fiddle tunes, the “Cumberland Mountain Bear Chase,” and a hearty rendition of “Jingle Bells.” See, along with cookies and milk, I had left my banjo leaning against the … → read more

Unsung Hero – Simple Gifts

Roger with Clifford "Doc" Williams in 1973

This story is about two old, dear friends. One friend was animated with a touch of fuss and feathers, and so much talent. The other, a tad more wooden; comprised of mother of pearl and abalone inlay, some nickel silver and brass. Both were, exceptional, one-of-a-kind, and somewhat quirky. Taken … → read more