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    Nancy Parker
    Nancy Parker
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    The following article was in my  September issue of  STRINGS Magazine. 😋.

    Enjoy!     <see below>

    Question:  Do you have a sentimental string-related item?

    String Players & Makers on Their Most Sentimental String-Related Items

     

    #65347
    cricket
    cricket
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    Yes, I do have one.  Not a fiddle, but a guitar.  A Fender guitar, that Mike got for me 42 years ago, when he wanted me to marry him.  He knew I had no interest in stuff like jewelry…diamonds, etc., so he got me a Fender guitar.  We always gotta hang onto that one.  It’s aged very nicely too.  I haven’t had my fiddles long enough to have any sentimental stories associated with them…except, thanks to cheap Chinese products, I’ve got a whole buncha fiddle type instruments…lol.  That I am glad for, because of all the instruments I’ve ever played, I truly love playing the fiddle the most.  But I love playing them all.

    #65348
    rodger
    rodger
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    Nancy, after I read all that, I felt just like Charlie Brown in the cartoon when Schroeder described what picture he saw in the clouds, then asked Charlie Brown what he saw…remember that one, where Schroeder graphically described the stoning of Stephen, and Charlie Brown’s reply was, ‘Well, I was going to say a duck & a horse-y, but now….’.

    #65349
    ruckydoo
    ruckydoo
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    My mom had TB (tuberculosis) in 1946 and was admitted to a sanitarium, which usually a death sentence back then.   Telephones were a rare novelty in our corner of the swamp so dad only got to see her on those occasions that someone had a car that actually ran.  A radio station in Crookston MN had a weak little radio station but it reached the 30 miles from our farm to Mom’s san which was also in Crookston.  Requests for song were popular back then and dad and mom sent a request for the song “I’ll Hold You In My Heart Until I Hold You In My Arms” that was one of the love songs that they requested for each other a lot.    Thanks to medicines developed during WW2, a serum was experimented with on Mom and …It worked and she lived another 19 years and gave me 2 more little sisters.

    #65350
    Nancy Parker
    Nancy Parker
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    Rodger:   I bet you have a great sentimental story to share.  ❤️

    (I’m still working on my story).

    Cricket and Ruckydoo : Thanks for sharing ⭐️ 😊

     

    #65364
    Icebike
    Icebike
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    Actually mine is a photo pasted in my fiddle case.  When I took up the fiddle again in my mid-50’s, I jammed with a group of ‘senior’ beginner fiddlers.  One of the members was a very talented guitar player and country singer, but rather squeaky and out-of-tune on the fiddle.  He put all his heart into playing his fiddle and his personality just made everyone feel good. We became good friends.  Once, when I was struggling he told me to “lighten up and just have fun, at our age we will never be pros but we can sure have fun playing and enjoying good company”.  When he passed unexpectedly, musicians of all talent levels came together from across the state for a massive jam at his wake.  I keep his photo in my case to remind me to ‘have fun’ every time I play.

    Joe

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    #65368
    Nancy Parker
    Nancy Parker
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    Thanks for sharing your story, Icebike. 😊

    All the stories so far are so touching.  ❤️

    To BGD folks:  If you don’t have a sentimental something in your case now; what will you put in your case?

    #65436

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Hi have a banjolin that was owned by Lulu Bell Wiseman. She was a local girl from Boone who became famous on the National Barn Dance radio show out of Chicago.

    #65445
    Nancy Parker
    Nancy Parker
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    Wow!  Can you attach a photo of Lulu’s (now yours😊) violin?

    #65493
    Steve Srader
    Steve Srader
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    For Me it is my Washburn guitar as it never failed me and I took it on a wild journey all over the states bar hopping for a long 10 year period , I would go from place to place pretty much unannounced some folks would point to in one direction or the other , I just played for tips and always managed to make enough to move on down the road those were my wild days and it still plays it does have some fret and finger board wear and some varnish cracking in the finish but no wood cracks

    #65589

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Steve, that soundes like a special guitar.

    Nancy, here is a picture of Lorien playing Lulu Bell’s banjolin.

    #65591
    Nancy Parker
    Nancy Parker
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    Thanks, John 😊.

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