Bluegrass topic for music club

Music Club Reporter

Matinee Musical Club held its October meeting at the home of Denise Starnes with Pat Owen as co-hostess, and 11 members answered President Leah Thomason’s roll call. Refreshments were served.

The collect was recited and the song of the month, “Whispering Hope,” was sung, led and accompanied by Lisa Loewe. Future fund-raisers were discussed.

Tami Stockton presented a program on bluegrass music and spoke on the life of Bill Monroe, the “Father of Bluegrass” who described the music as follows: “It’s got a hard drive to it. It’s Scotch bagpipes and old-time fiddlin.’ It’s Methodist and Holiness and Baptist. It’s blues and jazz and it has a high lonesome sound. It’s plain music that tells a story. It’s played from my heart to your heart and it will touch you.”

Bluegrass was inspired by the music of Scotch-Irish immigrants in Appalachia and African-American jazz and blues. Traditional bluegrass instruments are mandolin, guitar, fiddle, banjo and upright bass.

Selections played during the program included “Mule Skinner Blues,” “Roanoke”, “Raw Hide”, “Walking in Jerusalem”, “Blue Moon of Kentucky”, “Uncle Ben”, “Old Joe Clark”, “Roll in my Sweet Baby’s Arms” and “My Last Days on Earth.”

The meeting was closed by the group singing the NFMC benediction accompanied by Mrs. Loewe. Matinee Club is a member of the Texas and National Federation of Music Clubs.

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