Family makes Travelin’ Music sound all the sweeter

The great Alison Krauss and Union Station play the Fox tomorrow night, but I won’t be in the audience. We’re headed off to a family wedding that, like most family weddings, will also serve as an excuse for an extended family reunion.

Like many of us, I’m the product of a mixed marriage: On Dad’s side, a hillbilly line going back centuries, to at least 1750 and probably earlier, in the hills of southwestern Virginia and West Virginia. On Mom’s side, more recent immigrants from Ireland and Finland, working folk who settled in the Plymouth, Mass. area. (This family event is on the Massachusetts side.)

As the family story goes, my West Virginia grandmother wasn’t exactly thrilled when Dad introduced her to his Catholic, New England-accented bride (they met while both were serving in the USAF). But they managed to work through that.

So this paean to family life, courtesy of Ms. Krauss and her friends, goes out to the soon-to-be newlyweds, Anna Lee and Tate. Good luck, and I’m looking forward to delivering that message in person.

(And yes, this means the blog will again go dark next week.)

– Jay Bookman

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jm

August 12th, 2011
3:36 pm

Jay’s going Galt. :)

josef

August 12th, 2011
3:43 pm

Mazel Tov to the bride and groom….

Tommy Maddox

August 12th, 2011
3:45 pm

Bosch

August 12th, 2011
3:47 pm

Doesn’t the blog go dark every day?

stands for decibels

August 12th, 2011
3:48 pm

Nothin’ to contribute for now, except best wishes for your get-together, Jay.

Logical Dude

August 12th, 2011
3:51 pm

Not “We are Family”?

But great choice today!

stands for decibels

August 12th, 2011
3:53 pm

Ok, I lied. I gotta linkee this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQlM59sDJVo

for happy families everywhere.

Paul

August 12th, 2011
3:55 pm

Have a wonderful time, Jay.

And congrats to the newlyweds.

BADA BING

August 12th, 2011
4:02 pm

Welcome to the University of Georgia
Journalism Department
Class Schedule
Fall Semester
Professor Tucker Class Offerings

1. Racism 101
2.Racism In Our Modern Society
3.Racism and Economic Injustice
4.Racism as It Applies To the Civil War
5. Advanced Racism
6. Racism and the Civil Rights Era
7. Racism and Immigration Reform
8. Did I Mention Racism?

Finn McCool

August 12th, 2011
4:02 pm

Jay, did you read Jim Webb’s book about the immigrants settling in those parts of the Appalachian foothills? A good read. Especially the part about how the Overmountain Men pretty much sealed the fate of Cornwallis’ army in the battles bewtween Camden and Guilford Courthouse. All because the Brits denigrated the mountain men and said they would do unspeakable acts to their women if they showed their faces, etc. That got their dander up.

Kamchak

August 12th, 2011
4:04 pm

I see that someone has Pulitzer envy.

josef

August 12th, 2011
4:11 pm

Paulo977

August 12th, 2011
4:12 pm

Enjoy the very re-bonding time Jay

Uncle Jed

August 12th, 2011
4:15 pm

Bosch

August 12th, 2011
3:47 pm
Doesn’t the blog go dark every day?
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Racist ;-)

AmVet

August 12th, 2011
4:18 pm

Jay, I always love reading about people’s families, the history, the human aspect of them, that connects us all together in some mysterious way…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQtRsSmU-6k

Kamchak

August 12th, 2011
4:20 pm

Uncle Jed

August 12th, 2011
4:24 pm

Jay, some of the best cabbage around comes off Bent Mountain, Virginia along with outstanding, bursting with juice, Staymen Winesap apples. Grew up near there and was back up there this past January to bury my Dad. I sometimes really miss my Old Virginny.

Paulo977

August 12th, 2011
4:29 pm

Remembering the Irish part of the heritage
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iq-dmVy6tSU

out of the blue

August 12th, 2011
4:29 pm

A prelude to the song. Notice Grace Slick and Joni Mitchell sitting next to the host.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRLEVWR1jJk

And the song….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmgS29qg6u4&feature=related

Jack

August 12th, 2011
4:40 pm

BADA BING @4:02.. Accordng to Bookman, I suffer a pre-existing bias and it allows me to enjoy your post.

(ir)Rational

August 12th, 2011
4:41 pm

BADA BING – that could be scarily close to the truth. Since we’re referring to U(sic)GA, that would probably be an improvement to their curriculum.

Oh-well. Who is John Galt?

Uncle Jed

August 12th, 2011
4:42 pm

Speaking of Old Virginny and Dad, he sure loved Ray…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hv1aRz0vu4Q

Uncle Jed

August 12th, 2011
4:45 pm

Oh-well. Who is John Galt?
++++++++++++++++++++++

Played linebacker over in Athens, 1958? Maybe not. ;-)

(ir)Rational

August 12th, 2011
4:46 pm

If it happened in Athens, I wouldn’t know about it.

Oh-well. Who is John Galt?

Jay

August 12th, 2011
4:47 pm

Uncle Jed, my people are just a little north of there, in the Clifton Forge/Covington area.

Tom Middleton

August 12th, 2011
4:52 pm

Kamchak @ 4:04pm

Yeah, Kambo. And how nice she gets to teach those wanting to learn for a change!

josef

August 12th, 2011
5:00 pm

Tom Middleton

August 12th, 2011
5:02 pm

And let’s here it for mixed marriages. Here’s some
bluegrass played with both Chinese and American traditional instruments. Good stuff!!!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LALgWz0xc0

out of the blue

August 12th, 2011
5:09 pm

Some interesting history of Atlanta.

Did you get an invitation? On October 26, 1970, Muhammad Ali pounded Jerry Quarry into submission in the old downtown Sports Arena in the biggest fight ever held in Atlanta. Later that night 200 were robbed and forced to strip naked by gangsters at a post-fight party thrown at the house of the infamous Chicken Man.

Anybody here present?

Uncle Jed

August 12th, 2011
5:10 pm

Jay: I remember Clifton Forge, but not Covington. When going through Dad’s stuff recently, we came across pictures of my older brother and I wearing cowboy garb as little tikes posing at the water wheel at Mabry’s Mill. You ever heard of that place? It’s on the BR Parkway.

Uncle Jed

August 12th, 2011
5:17 pm

Hey, I apologize for the backstroke to the 10-1 debate question, but I came across this post two sheets in the wind and thought it was awesome, politics aside. Man, what a great comeback line this would have been last night. And as I said, politics aside and forgetting the issue itself, this snappy retort was missed…it would have gotten a huge roar of laughter, lightened the moment and tone, and the offeror would have displayed a sense of humor. It would have been a sure winner if only comedically.

President Hussein

August 12th, 2011
12:13 pm

I would have replied: forget the 1 trillion in taxes. I’ll take the difference and take 9 trillion only in cuts……how bout them apples!!!

Uncle Jed

August 12th, 2011
5:20 pm

ir)Rational

August 12th, 2011
4:46 pm
If it happened in Athens, I wouldn’t know about it.

Oh-well. Who is John Galt?
+++++++++++++++++++++++

Could he have been a character in a popular book?

(looks like it could go “hat trick” for me, so I ‘m going outside for a while)

getalife

August 12th, 2011
5:29 pm

Um, this is a music thread.

Have fun Jay.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAWjsVoDpm0

Pogo

August 12th, 2011
5:31 pm

Not a good week to be an Obama acolyte. Because of his rapidly accelerating crash and burn, it is not good for the rest of us either. Yes, it would be easy to blame his blinded followers but there is no pleasure to be had from that. If we have an incompetent president it hurts all of us no matter the party. I am beginning to wonder if music can even soothe us anymore. Maybe temporarily and maybe a little is better than nothing.

Jay

August 12th, 2011
5:34 pm

My Dad may, Jed, but I didn’t grow up there. We were a military family, and we usually visited Clifton Forge when traveling between assignments.

out of the blue

August 12th, 2011
5:35 pm

“Um, this is a music thread.”

Soaking my head in cold water….Yer right it’s FNM!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAL8f-bWuus

josef

August 12th, 2011
5:42 pm

It’s okay, but let’s do it with music…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26wEWSUUsUc

Normal

August 12th, 2011
5:44 pm

We’re headed off to a family wedding….

Well, All I can think of to play for that is…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rY0WxgSXdEE&feature=list_related&playnext=1&list=PL5F62B2ABFD42F7F8

josef

August 12th, 2011
5:45 pm

getalife

August 12th, 2011
5:46 pm

Normal

August 12th, 2011
5:47 pm

Kamchak

August 12th, 2011
5:47 pm

If we have an incompetent president it hurts all of us no matter the party.

We did and it did, 2001-2008.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_EYU75uhKk

Dusty

August 12th, 2011
5:49 pm

Sorry. I’d love to be POSITIVE but…I don’t like whiny music.

The video was CUTE!! If it had been any sweeter, I’d have fallen into a diabetic coma and I don’t have diabetes.

Somebody ! Anybody!! Please promise me this won’t happen all week. EEEEyyyyiiiiii!! That would be fatal.

Normal

August 12th, 2011
5:51 pm

out of the blue

August 12th, 2011
5:51 pm

Normal

August 12th, 2011
5:55 pm

josef

August 12th, 2011
5:57 pm

BRUIN

So, whazzup for the bachelor pah-ty?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AoQxzNvR4zc&NR=1

Normal

August 12th, 2011
6:03 pm

out of the blue

August 12th, 2011
6:03 pm

Normal, I’ll sit on their backporch all day, In fact I’ll bring my own beer.

Jay

August 12th, 2011
6:03 pm

Not sure, Josef. The bride is my niece, but I haven’t met the groom yet. Maybe we’ll find out when we get there.

Normal

August 12th, 2011
6:07 pm

Normal

August 12th, 2011
6:08 pm

And now that football has started we all need one of these…40″ or better…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHC9NANKluU

getalife

August 12th, 2011
6:12 pm

Normal

August 12th, 2011
6:13 pm

Gotta go (I think I’m about to get a buttwhuppin’ in Wii), but I’ll leave y’all with this one for Jay’s people…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WE8RbumKkjo

Normal

August 12th, 2011
6:15 pm

getalife…

OK, now THAT’S heavy!!!

josef

August 12th, 2011
6:16 pm

Normal

@ 5:51

And when that happens, there’s always St. Elsewhere…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W–Zymygeoo

carlosgvv

August 12th, 2011
6:26 pm

BADA BING

You forgot to mention Slavery 101 & 102

out of the blue

August 12th, 2011
6:26 pm

Not much here except Dave Matthews and Bob Weir! Anybody for a little cajun?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrf0tMSgCUY&feature=related

Keep Up the Good Fight!

August 12th, 2011
6:34 pm

Jay, we seem to have lived a few of the same areas. Roanoke myself and of course Boston.

From my Roanoke days: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEOV5vWfSgI

out of the blue

August 12th, 2011
6:36 pm

Dusty, a little bit of Braves history just for you….Amaze your friends with your vast knowledge.

Tony LaRussa played in nine games with the Braves in 1971 as a 27-year-old second baseman and hit .286.

You do know who Tony LaRussa is?

theyeshaveit

August 12th, 2011
6:38 pm

Mr_B

August 12th, 2011
6:39 pm

Jay: Best wishes for the couple.
Some of you may remember this…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKdUpgI-8Kk&feature=related

stands for decibels

August 12th, 2011
6:41 pm

You do know who Tony LaRussa is?

He loves animals.

http://www.arf.net/

which mitigates much of my baseball aggro I carry against him.

josef

August 12th, 2011
6:41 pm

stands for decibels

August 12th, 2011
6:43 pm

Speaking of baseball, some funny, nay, lulzy stuff.

http://news.yahoo.com/ex-braves-pitcher-actress-face-wyo-foreclosures-213621575.html

couldn’t happen to a nicer guy!

theyeshaveit

August 12th, 2011
6:45 pm

Here is my favorite Dave Matthews and friends cut:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FwgIn3vobag&ob=av2e

out of the blue

August 12th, 2011
6:46 pm

Okay I guess I got to play a song in tribute to the happy couple. So I’ll choose this one.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ComYC-Hzj4Q

getalife

August 12th, 2011
6:47 pm

Mr_B

August 12th, 2011
6:48 pm

Shalom, josef. Hope your year started well.
Another good wedding song…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTwbQlJKY5E&feature=related

Keep Up the Good Fight!

August 12th, 2011
6:50 pm

Stands, if you like that arf, check out this one…. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3D86wb_rvsg

Butch resides in Milton and is the father of one of my service doodles, who was being filmed this afternoon and later tonight for an ABC show.

theyeshaveit

August 12th, 2011
6:50 pm

You want a taste of Louisiana? Try this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MhEYiFY0Evs

out of the blue

August 12th, 2011
6:52 pm

stands, do you remember this ditty by connie stevens.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPbSYJ1LNl0&feature=related

Keep Up the Good Fight!

August 12th, 2011
6:57 pm

connie stevens? oh no. Now you have gone and done it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRkovnss7sg&feature=related

out of the blue

August 12th, 2011
7:00 pm

keep up and stands, I am an animal lover (except for reptiles) and I knew LaRussa has a no kill shelter..sooooo too me he is a great person, and an attribute to society.

I’ve got two little guys my 10 year old English Setter, and my eight year old Brittany….Funny how times pass.

josef

August 12th, 2011
7:03 pm

Mr B

Well, if we’re going multicultural…let’s make sure not to leave out the Indians… :-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGC1A98-7Bo

getalife

Now, that’s the real deal,,,thanks…

out of the blue

August 12th, 2011
7:07 pm

Fred

August 12th, 2011
7:07 pm

(ir)Rational

August 12th, 2011
4:41 pm

Oh-well. Who is John Galt?
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

He’s a complete asshat fantasy character dreamed up by a methhead Ho in an over bloated book about nothing that i read some 35 years ago in the 8th grade.

A better question would be why do you right wing fanatics worship drug addicts like Ayn Rand and Rush Limbaugh?

A better question would be what the hell does John Galt have to do with a wedding or good music?

stands for decibels

August 12th, 2011
7:12 pm

Butch resides in Milton and is the father of one of my service doodles

Butch is a better man than I am, Gunga Din.

josef

August 12th, 2011
7:13 pm

Mr B…

Shalom! First week went really great…tired and wo out, but in a good way…teaching two classes of Spanish to the native speakers (4th and 5th)…pulling together my own (can you believe it!) curriculum over the weekend…ready to be back yourself?

kayaker 71

August 12th, 2011
7:13 pm

Allison Krause….. a true nightengale.

stands for decibels

August 12th, 2011
7:14 pm

this ditty by connie stevens.

Connie Stevens? Talk about a hard-off…

Keep Up the Good Fight!

August 12th, 2011
7:17 pm

Blue, they grow up too fast and they pass too soon…..and for me I only get a few months of the early years but I hope they make me proud when they are with their final recipients!

out of the blue

August 12th, 2011
7:17 pm

And, continuing on my little look back in Atlanta’s history Lynyrd Skynyrd was once the house band at a club on Peachtree; anybody care or know the answer?

stands for decibels

August 12th, 2011
7:19 pm

Probably shouldn’t admit this, but back when I was an impressionable youngster, this oh-so-jaded-sounding tune about pending nuptials seemed to ring pretty true.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ux7HgO9QhAc

Now it seems pretty sappy (and Ms. Simon would probably agree) but, well, I figured that’s the way I always heard it should be.

(and frankly, in 1972, was *anyone* hotter?)

stands for decibels

August 12th, 2011
7:22 pm

He’s a complete asshat fantasy character dreamed up by a methhead Ho

and that’s putting it diplomatically.

Mr_B

August 12th, 2011
7:26 pm

josef: Last three day was preplanning. Should be a good year, only one prep. They’re going to leave me with my seniors this year, no freshmen to deal with. I like ninth graders; just not teaching 9th grade.Don’t have the patience to read that much bad writing.

NOTHING sounds like klesmyr clarinet. Thanks.

josef

August 12th, 2011
7:28 pm

SFD
Great minds! Had it pulled up…she said she never ceases to be amazed at how many people have it played at their weddings… :-)

And a taste of Louisiana music…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJbxdBVgY2U&feature=related

stands for decibels

August 12th, 2011
7:30 pm

she said she never ceases to be amazed at how many people have it played at their weddings

holy crap.

I mean, I can see doing a murder-suicide with that in the background, but at a wedding?

Keep Up the Good Fight!

August 12th, 2011
7:31 pm

Well at least it was not Carly’s ketchup song :D

out of the blue

August 12th, 2011
7:31 pm

I know exactly the feeling “good fight” I’ve been an active member of National Brittany Rescue, usually as a tag team driver delivering Fostered Brittany’s to there new, hopefully forever homes. Some are happy for the dog….other’s are sad for themselves.

stands for decibels

August 12th, 2011
7:33 pm

Carly’s ketchup song

Back when we could still muster the lungpower to shout “sellout!”

Don’t even get me started the time I heard the Who’s “I can [drive] see for miles” to sell Jiffy Lube on my TeeVee, back in the day.

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

August 12th, 2011
7:33 pm

Well, I went to one of them weddings. It was my niece getting married. She met the guy at a family reunion. I don’t think they’re members of the same family. Maybe cousins or something like that. Anyway, in honor of the bride and groom I’m donating Homer and Jethro’s “I’m my own grandpa.” Have a good Friday night everybody, and you’re welcome. The booze wasn’t too heavy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otLzobC4OTU

getalife

August 12th, 2011
7:36 pm

josef,

Back in the day , this was a wild time:

http://www.bbcrawfest.com/

Now, it is a family affair.

Who dat is playing in about twenty minutes.

josef

August 12th, 2011
7:37 pm

Normal

August 12th, 2011
7:37 pm

Whew! Just got back from my Wii Buttkickin’, but let me ask this…you you only lost by half of what you lost last time, is it a win? :D

But I still can’t dance….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMrSsq2IaJU&feature=related

Normal

August 12th, 2011
7:45 pm

oldguy

August 12th, 2011
7:47 pm

Jay,
Enjoy the trip and celebrate the real America, a true mix of all!!
My daughters are 1/2 highland Scot…1/4 Welch and 1/4 Dutch. Turned out to be a pretty good mix! They are tall, blonde and smarter than me!(they say that a mongrel dog mix is smarter than purebreds!)
And look at some of our current popstar beauties, Selena Gomez 1/2 Mexican 1/2 italian, Victoria Justice 1/2 Puerto Rican and 1/2 Southern.
p.s. Weddings are a much better reason for a family gathering than what I seem to attend recently (funerals).

josef

August 12th, 2011
7:48 pm

getalife

Yep. That back in the day thing…now, it’s more sit back and watch, but still not beyond a two step or two after a few! One of my new coworkers this year…speaks beautiful “good French”…undergraduate at Montpelier… We were talking the other day with some of the other French speakers…without thinking, some Louisiana crept into mine and all of the sudden she cut loose with Cajun…turns out her ex husband was from down that way…we had a ball watching the other French speakers trying to figure out just what it was we were talking about…!

out of the blue

August 12th, 2011
7:50 pm

It seems not much is happening here so I’m off to The Whiskey-a-go-go!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anVzdXHljsM&feature=related

oldguy

August 12th, 2011
7:56 pm

Josef,
My cousin-in-law teaches Spanish at Boston University (overseas division)(the one who lives in Madrid).
You should see him when he comes to visit and we go to local Mexican eateries (like me trying to speak Russian!!). :-)
Stick with it! I know you will do a exceptional job!