Five Benny Thomasson Transcriptions

I have just posted five transcriptions to the Benny Thomasson Collection:

  • Darkie’s Dream
  • Dew Drop Hornpipe
  • Dixie
  • Dominion Hornpipe
  • Draggin’ the Bow

This is a nice, diverse update, with two hornpipes, a schottishe, a breakdown, and a swingin’ rag.

Happy fiddling!
Austin Rogers, PhD

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Vision Statement for the Dr. Fiddle Project, and a Call to Action

I made a small change to the front page of DrFiddle.com the other day, and I wanted to do a blog post about it. I have adopted a vision statement for the Dr. Fiddle Project:

The noblest, if not indeed the only noble use, to which we can devote our strength, our energies, our faculties, our intellect, is to labour for the benefit of others, to instruct, to guide, to enrich with physical comforts, and moral healthfulness and intellectual wealth, the less favoured of our race; not alone our children, friends, neighbors, but those remote from us and even unknown to us; separated from us even by wide spaces of time yet unelapsed; to be born hereafter; to people this earth when we have left it; to build their habitations and their cities, and the monuments of their ancestors, upon our unknown graves…

This was written by one of my personal heroes, Albert Pike, and comes from an article entitled Some Thoughts on the Nature and Purposes of Freemasonry (available here). Brother Pike was a Brigadier General for the Confederacy, a friend and defender of the American Indians (especially my people the Cherokees), and one of the greatest Masonic scholars that ever lived. His magnum opus, Morals and Dogma, is probably the most inspirational book I’ve ever read. It’s a pity that hardly anyone reads it anymore, even among Scottish Rite masons.

When I read this quote, it really resonated with me. This is what the Dr. Fiddle Project is all about: “to labour for the benefit of others, to instruct, to guide, to enrich with […] intellectual wealth […] not alone our children, friends, neighbors, but those remote from us and even unknown to us.” The music that I strive to document is not the legacy of any one country or even any one race; it is a legacy belonging to all mankind.

Pike saw Freemasonry as more than just a social club; he saw Masons as builders of the future. That’s what I want to be: a Builder.

Let me challenge you, my readers: what are you doing to build the future? Regardless of your race, gender, country of origin, or religion, you can be a Builder. Look around you and see a need that is not being met, and then work to meet it. This is how you can change the world. That’s how the Dr. Fiddle Project got started: I set out to provide the material that I wished had been available back when I started fiddling. I saw a need, and I set out to fill it. You don’t have to have a PhD, you don’t have to be a Mason, you just have to be willing to work hard for the betterment of humanity.

Happy fiddling!
Austin Rogers, PhD

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Double Update of West Virginia Transcriptions from Clark Kessinger and Melvin Wine

Since I have been too lazy to upload any tunes for a few weeks, I figured I’d do a double update of tunes from two great West Virginia fiddlers, Clark Kessinger and Melvin Wine.

The new Kessinger tunes, which can be found in the Clark Kessinger Collection:

  • Round Town Gal (Buffalo Gals)
  • Sally Ann Johnson
  • Sally Goodin
  • Sally Johnson
  • Sandy River

The new Wine tunes, which can be found in the Melvin Wine Collection:

  • Going Down the Line
  • Going Down to Lynchburg Town to Pack My Tobacco Down
  • Going Home (The Day I Met You)
  • Greasy String
  • Hail, Hail, the Fun’s All Over

Happy fiddling!
Austin Rogers, PhD

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