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Sunday, June 16, 2013 at 08:38AM
Sigh. I've been watching Songcatcher this morning, and thinking of my dad/my family. For those of you who have never seen the movie, it is loosely based on a a true story of a song collector who came to my mountains and discovered old Scottish and English ballads, which had died out there many years before, were still being sung here. The movie was filmed in my area as well. Many of the songs were ones that my grandmaw sang to my dad, her mom sang them to her, her mom to her, so on and so on... Even though Emmy Rossum is in no way, shape, form, or fashion a mountain (holler) girl, she did such a good job singing like one. She was only 14 when she did this movie.
Iris DeMent did an exceptional job as well, but she's from Arkansas. So that's getting closer.
Another song featured in the movie, but I picked an old Stanley version. The origins of this one (originally a poem) have been disputed, and it's really quite interesting to read about. It's a spiritual found from Texas to Georgia, and could possibly date back to the 1500 but some say the 1800's. It's not about The Hatfield & McCoy's or from Supernatural as some idiots believe. Never the less, this video shows old pic's of people in the Appalachian Mountains. Oh Death or Conversation with Death.
There, you've been hicked.
When I hear terms like "
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