Tom Davis, editor and publisher of Old Mountain Press, has just released an anthology. OLD TIME MOUNTAIN MUSIC sets your feet tapping with poetry and prose.
The rustic cover of a sculpture by Stefan Bonitz, represents mountain musicians. The unique cover bids you to celebrate old time mountain music with 53 authors who contributed to this collection.
J.C. Walkup in her story, "It's Not Fair," captures the chords of this anthology:
"I'm living with hope
I'm living for a dream
I see with my heart
I hear, I hear...
Music of the mountains."
You can almost hear the fiddle sawing old-time mountain music in James Gibson's story, "Grandpa's Fiddle." Phil Richardson also tells about a special relationship with Grandpa Ollie and his "tucking the fiddle under his chin and sawing away."
Al Manning's, "A Mountain Virtuoso," writes about a marvelous improvisation, constructed by some musical genius: "It is well known that mountain mocking birds are very precocious."
You'll also hear a blind woman with red hair and cornflower blue eyes, strumming the dulcimer in Barbara Ledford Wright's story, "Marine's Mountain Dulcimer."
Another mountain woman, Ester Arledge," and her long life are described in Celia Miles' poem, "1848-1931."
Shape-note music and singing in a country church are addressed in Blanche L. Ledford's story, "Mt. Pisgah Church."
Notes swoosh-sway over cliff rocks, streams crackle, songs spurt over pebbles, and create a roaring waterfall musical in Patsy Kennedy Lain's lovely verse, "Mountain Melodies."
Beautiful images of nature fill Jerry L. Bradley's poem, "Mountain Music Memory":
"Cool autumn breeze carries
Pine smoke, Lilac and music
Across rolling hills...
Music memory is forever."
Finally, Tom Davis' poem, "Summer in the Smokies," best summarizes this anthology:
Like an old man's hungry stomach
Through the green capped Smokies
Rain will come
To cool a Summer's lazy afternoon."
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Brenda Kay Ledford plays a mountain dulcimer. Gordon Parris of Hayesville, NC made the instrument. Ledford's essay, "Mountain Craftsman," profiles Parris in this anthology.