Mudcat Café message #201202 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #19622   Message #201202
Posted By: GUEST,Ray
25-Mar-00 - 05:40 AM
Thread Name: Obit: Ed McCurdy has passed away (1919-2000)
Subject: RE: Ed McCurdy has passed away
Ed McCurdy has been one of my favorites ever since I first discovered his records in the mid 1960's. He sang songs I hadn't heard from Woodie, Pete, the Weavers and all. I had been trying to learn the guitar and was struggling with the F chord when I heard Erik Darling's 5-string banjo with Ed. Songs like Great-granddad, Little Old Sod Shanty and Buffalo Skinners. I was inspired to switch to banjo right then. I went out and got a Sears-Roebuck 5-string and Pete Seegers book and proceeded to learn the banjo and this helped me also with the guitar (especially with fingerpickin). I have worn out the tape of Ed and Erik that I had. I had an unusual experience a while back with the song: Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream. I have been playing mostly Irish music these past few years, butlast year I hooked up with a friend here in the Savannah Folk Club to do a Coffee House gig of the "old Folk songs". I had never sang "Strangest Dream" before, but he wanted to do it. I would sing harmony and play banjo. When I had first heard the song in the 60's I had sort of pooh-poohed it as an idealistic pacifist song. However, when practicing it alone one day, the words hit me and I was overwhelmed with emotion and my throat swelled to halt my singing. I contemplated the enormity of the idea and the vision of the room filled with the world leaders and the happiness it would bring upon the people of the world. Why not....someday, I thought. Maybe I am more idealistic than I realized or maybe I was touched by a ribbon of the spirit which caused the song to be written and sung. Who knows?