Postlude: Remembering Doc

Arthel Lane “Doc” Watson (March 3, 1923 – May 29, 2012) If there are patron saints for this blog, Doc Watson is one of them, at least for me.  With apologies to my dad, who was the acoustic guitar player with whom I was most familiar as a child, there was … → read more

God Make You Safe and Free

Romeo and Juliet – Sir Frank Dicksee, 1884 Note: This is Part 3 of a three part series.  See also Part 1 and Part 2. Introduction What is it about this week’s song, “Matty Groves”, that attracts us so?  (If you’re not familiar with the ballad, check out the introductory post … → read more

A Bower in Bucklesfordbury

Barnard Castle – William Turner, 1825 Note: This is Part 2 of a three part series.  See also Part 1 and Part 3. Introduction It is clear that psychological themes in this week’s subject, “Matty Groves”, strike the most resonant chords for us today, and probably always have even for people who … → read more

Matty Groves / Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard

This is Part 1 of a three part series.  See also Part 2, and Part 3. Introduction – “Twas on the high, high holy day…” This week we go back to Britain, to the old ballads.  Yes, it’s one of *those* songs;  “Jerry Springer meets Days of Our Lives” in merry … → read more