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Thread #40381   Message #578026
Posted By: DeanC
23-Oct-01 - 09:51 AM
Thread Name: FSGW Getaway 2001 Memories
Subject: RE: FSGW Getaway 2002 Memories
I'll excuse Charlie Baum for not including me in the list of Mudcatters since I have only appeared on it a couple of times. In some ways I look at this Getaway as just another one like the other 30 or so that I have attended. They are all special. I have met most of my friends (not to mention my wife) through the Getaway or other FSGW events, so it has a special meaning for me. Each Getaway, however, has its own special moments. For me, this year a few come to mind. First and foremost the "What I Have Learned from Folk Legacy" workshop. Listening to the songs and the stories of how Sandy and Caroline have effected peoples lives was incredible. I found myself thinking that although I knew most of the songs that were sung during that workshop (and lots of others from Folk Legacy recordings), I didn't actually learn them from the records. In a few cases I learned them directly from the recording artists (like Helen Schneyer, Jonathan Eberhart, The Boarding Party, Joan Sprung, Rock Creek, etc.) or indirectly from others who learned them from the records. It seems to me that one of the special things about folk music is that personal connection - I learned this from "so-and-so" - to the songs. Sandy's workshop on collecting and Dick Greenhaus' workshop on what's available on recordings were also wonderful. Both had some pretty amazing recordings, and Sandy's stories about meeting and recording some of those people were fascinating. I hope you all will encourage more people to come to the Getaway next year. The more the merrier.