How About Doing Paradise
If you've read my profile then you know I am a casual musician. My son and I play local venues such as barbecue restaurants and even recently began playing at our ACE Hardware store on Saturdays when there is a sale. We don't make a lot of money but we do enjoy playing for the folks who stop by to listen to our music. Some will even pull up a chair in the coffee shop at ACE and sit for a spell. We have met some wonderful people who have taken a break from their shopping to visit with us and listen.
We play bluegrass and most of our tunes are the old Flatt and Scruggs tunes. Rocky Top and Foggy Mountain Breakdown are always favorites for our listeners. We have found that children love to stop with their parents and enjoy our music. Our sets always include banjo, fiddle, and mandolin tunes.
Recently we have played in a Senior Care center in our town. For the whole month of September on Thursday mornings we played a concert for the residents and I did a devotional. We enjoyed playing for these seniors most who seem to nod off during the session but some stay alert throughout and really enjoyed our time together.
My son has a friend who is always wanting us to do Paradise. I think he just asks for the tune because we don't have it in our repertoire as yet but the song sung by Jim and Jesse McReynolds is the tune he likes so well. The lyrics relate to the Green River but not necessarily the Green River that runs by our place here in WNC. It was a great hit for the McReynolds Band.
Bluegrass music and the lyrics to songs are for the common man relating life experiences both good and bad and an expression of the heart found in most genres of music. Whether it is a ballad or an up tempo jig the emotions are captivated.