Long, Long Ago

Long, Long Ago” is a song dealing with nostalgia, written in 1833 by English composer Thomas Haynes Bayly (1797 – 1839). The song was originally named “The Long Ago“, but was changed by the editor when it was first published, posthumously, in a Philadelphia magazine. The song was well received, and became one of the most popular songs in the United States in 1844.

Bayly is also known as the source for the quote, “Absence makes the heart grow fonder.” The line occurs in his song Isle of Beauty.

Here’s three YouTube versions to get the tune in your head: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMUNxsbM6mw             https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FD8o0YO3XM


Attached here is a pdf file with the DAD tabs and a jpg for the DAA tabs

Long, Long Ago DAD

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Pneumonia updates on Grady Swanner & Jake Hisaw

From Louise:

Grady Swanner had knee replacement January 2 and ended up contracting asp. pneumonia and has been in the hospital since then. We went by hospital today (1-11-2018), Grady is making progress and is getting a little food today. It would be nice if we could all send him a card so when he gets in a regular room or home he will have something to keep him busy.

P.O. Box 312
Athens, AL 35611

Also, everyone’s friend. Jake, is in the Madison Hospital with pneumonia as well.  Jake said the doctor said his X-rays did not look good. 

Remember these two in your prayers and all the others who are suffering with flu and respiratory problems.


Eighth of January (with lesson)

For those of you who remember Johnny Horton singing the Battle of New Orleans you’ll recognize this:

Eighth of January (and dulcimer lesson)

On January 8, 1815, Major General Andrew Jackson led a small, poorly-equipped army to victory against eight thousand British troops at the Battle of New Orleans. The anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans was widely celebrated with parties and dances during the nineteenth century.

A traditional fiddle tune commemorating the event came to be known as “Jackson’s Victory” or “Eighth of January.”

The melody is based on a well-known American fiddle tune “The 8th of January,” which was the date of the Battle of New Orleans.

Later, Jimmy Driftwood, a school principal from Arkansas with a passion for history, set an account of the battle to this music in an attempt to get students interested in learning history.  The result was, “The Battle of New Orleans“. The song has been recorded by many people including Johnny Horton, Johnny Cash, and  Hank Williams Jr.

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Traditions Senior Living

Yesterday we played for residents of Traditions Senior Living in Athens. We had a good crowd in the audience, 16-20 people.



Newest Dulcimer Player: Emma Grace Pack

For those who don’t know :From Beth’s Face Book page:

Emma Grace Pack made it!!! 8lbs & 8ozs, 21″ long. Born on Christmas Day at 8:49 p.m. Mommy and baby are great! First Christmas baby born in Limestone County in 2017.

Grace of God: Couple waited 11 years for baby who arrived Christmas day

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