Bound for Shady Grove
University of Georgia Press, 2000 - 157 pagina's
In Bound for Shady Grove, essayist Steven Harvey celebrates the spirit of the music of his adopted home in the southern Appalachian mountains. There, at the wellspring of mountain music, he took up his guitar and assumed the journey that culminated in this book.
Harvey's essays measure out in words the four seasons of a life in music. Springtime pieces describe playing music in the log house of friends born and raised in the mountains or entering a banjo contest and losing with style. There are essays about fiddles and the devil, homemade instruments and homemade weapons, and a trip to England to trace mountain songs back to their elusive sources. As the book progresses into winter, the mood darkens, with pieces exploring the connection between music and resentment, loss, and death.
Descriptions of music, hills, and people blend into a rich harmony as Harvey explores where music has taken him--where, in fact, music can take any of us.
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BOUND FOR SHADY GROVEGebruikersrecensie - Kirkus
A banjo-picking English professor meditates on mountain music and rural lifestyles.Harvey (English/Young Harris Coll.) began his musical explorations like thousands of other boomers, sitting in front ... Volledige review lezen
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