Dinah, Blow Your Horn

Dinah, Blow Your Horn
Dinah, Blow Your Horn

traditional, live at the Tanana Valley State Fair, 3 min 12 sec, 25.1 MB Flash Video

Dinah, Blow Your Horn

As I explain in the “Stage Talk” video, kids songs are good because kids have no problem telling you if they don’t like something, so they have to be good, and they’re usually pulled out to make kids happy, so they’re pretty upbeat, happy music often enough. And it’s Kid’s Day at the State Fair!

I like playing kid’s tunes. Sometimes, I can manage to attain their level of being. I enjoy playing for them, because they are honest, and are satisfied to live in the moment and just have fun singing a song. If they like it, I know I am doing it right, because they won’t hide their feelings to be polite. So often they get ignored, so I make it a point to sing and talk to them, for them, since while they are kids, and don’t know much, they are as smart as they’ll ever be, and are here now, and if you can join them in their world, are fun and easy to talk to. And I’d rather join them in their world, honestly, when I have the chance. I might even smile.

Dinah is one of my favorites. I found a great syncopated rhythm in it, the type of music that shines on the dulcimer. Nothing serious here, though I can relate to a lot of the words, the story it tells. Its even a railroad song, and of course, I have a serious connection to trains, well, at least freight trains. Folksingers seem to sing about trains a lot.

Dinah is just happy music, a happy song about a hard life, and well, the happy moments you can still have, even in hard times, a kid can show you that. Sitting around the kitchen, playing the Banjo for Dinah, while she blows her horn.. though maybe my Dinah plays alto sax!

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