The Front Porch Go to Mickey Newbury Back Porch
Back Porch


Author:  Doug
E-mail:  not available
Date:  2/8/2004 6:33:00 PM
Subject:  wind chimes...
Message:  Had a moment last night that
reminded me of the wind chimes
last June in Austin...

Billy Mazappa's home studio, Mazappa Sound,
reopened last night with a big jam session.
We had guitars, many fiddles, mandolins, accordion, and though it was loose fun
we kept the tapes rolling. I got there first, and then a woman named Debbie showed up.
Neither of us had met her before,
though Billy remembered hearing her
at a bluegrass event. She's from Montana originally. So we unpack the guitars
and Billy's got his mandolin, and we sit down
to start picking. Billy says, "Debbie,
why don't you start us off." So she strums
a G-chord and says, "Okay, I've got
a song here by Mickey Newbury..."

Well, do I have to tell you?
Billy and me look at each other
like a couple boys who've just
smoked a Major League spliff and are
holding our breath as the cheeks pump up
to maximum, and do our best to suppress
the giggles. Debbie wonders what's up,
and we tell her about our connection
with the porch and all. She belts out
"Why You Been Gone So Long"
...and I pick up the harmony vocal with her,
and all the while I'm thinking...
isn't this a sweet thing?
am i dreaming this moment up?
Some young woman with an Iris DeMent voice
from Montana who now lives in Vancouver
and sings bluegrass around town
is hip to Mickey and somehow in all this
tangled mess of a world and a city
she ends up in this room on this night
with these people, and it's raining outside
and we're mere blocks from the train station
and the Greyhound bus station, too,
and she throws back her head and opens
the new Mazappa Sound studio with
Mickey Newbury's "Why You Been Gone So Long?".

 wind chimes... by Doug at 2/8/2004 6:33:00 PM
 Re: wind chimes... by ChrisF at 2/8/2004 9:54:00 PM
 Re: wind chimes... by Craig at 2/9/2004 12:19:43 AM
 Re: wind chimes... by Karen R  at 2/9/2004 9:06:42 AM