One morning not long ago I woke up with a head ache. Maybe it was from staring at those little dots of music at orchestra rehearsal. Or peering at the little screen on my lap top.
I took some ibuprofen, (my drug of choice), and made coffee. As I waited for the coffee to brew I was trying to remember a Liz Carroll tune. There was something about it that haunted me. But, I wasn’t remembering exactly how the tune went or what album it was on.
As I continued trying to focus through my achy head and morning bleariness, suddenly a new tune popped into my head. I’m saying it was an instant download from the Grassapelli influence. It was just there.
I got out my fiddle and Edirol. By that time the coffee was ready, so I poured a cup. By the time I had played through the tune two times and recorded it, my headache was gone. Hence. Quick Fix.
With the 4th of July and Bastille Day approaching, we will be thinking of our personal liberty.
They say it’s not how much food you have on the table, or how many shoes in the closet that gives you liberty, it’s how free you are from the government poking its armed nose into your business. (Imagine a giant nose with rifles bristling from the nostrils instead of nose hairs.)
The fiddle reel celebrating personal freedom is Liberty. This is a straight ahead way to play it.
Morpeth Rant is the tune you don’t play too soon after St. Anne’s Reel. The B parts are just close enough that you could drift back into St. Anne’s.
The variation I have is close to the way I play it. And it’s a little different from what you find in tune collections. I think this version has been influenced by what I call the Alachua group of Florida fiddlers.
I heard some of them playing the tune in a way that caught some good drone strings, and with a strong danceable rhythm. They say imitation is the sincerest form of theft, and I don’t doubt it. I bear testimony.
Just a reminder: the initials D.C. at the bottom mean da capo. A term in standard music, it means go back to the top.