Re: Perfect Mohican/mountain music...

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Posted by MMMMarcia on September 20, 2000 at 11:38:34:

In Reply to: Re: Perfect Mohican/mountain music... posted by Doc M on September 20, 2000 at 08:46:19:

: : Proof positive that Mohicanland causes all sorts of cultural experiences...through coming to Mohicanland, reading the selections in the bookstore and through the careful encouragement of some fellow Mohicanlanders (Miss MMMMMar-cia, stand up and take a bow) I FINALLYread Charles Frazier’s “Cold Mountain” earlier this summer. Loved the book so much I went searching for related material and found...
: : “Songs from the Mountain,” featuring musician Tim O’Brien and a bevy of others. Performing traditional and a few original fiddle, mandolin and banjo tunes inspired by Frazier’s heart-rending novel and the North Carolina mountains! Absolutely beautiful, haunting music that you will not forget and that most definitely fits in the CD player when driving in LOTM territory. Rousing, fun ballads like “Jack of Diamonds” to emotional, wrenching hymns like “Wayfaring Stranger.” It hasn’t left my CD player since I got it on Sunday. MUCH recommended for all those who love traditional mountain music and/or the LOTM/Cold Mountain terrain. Not to be missed...Can be ordered through

: Thank you, Red! Doc M LOVES this kind of music! She highly
: recommends another one called Music of the Great Smoky
: Mountains by Gary Malkin -- available on cassette and CD
: from Amazon. The first cut called The Journey, and the
: last cut called Napolean's Retreat are my favorites, but
: the whole album is wonderful! More suggestions from
: everyone??

: Doc M

: PS A free case of Huron Magic -- a special Doc M skin
: cream guaranteed to be, er, hair-raising -- is on the
: way to you, Red, for starting this topic! Kiss! Kiss!


I second Doc Mary's thanks, Red! Cold Mountain is the best book I've read in ages, and the descriptions of the natural beauty of that area cannot be beat. A lovely and moving story, and I'm still waiting to see what Anthony Minghella does with the property. I'd ADORE seeing DDL as Inman! He fits the physical description to a "T," though he may be getting a bit older than Inman was in the book.

I love this type of music, as well, and will be shopping for both of the CDs you guys mentioned. Another favorite of mine is Craig Duncan's Smoky Mountain HomePlace, which also features "Bonaparte's Retreat" (probably the same piece you mentioned, Doc). The traditional mountain music is lovely, played on a hammered dulcimer, and really takes me back to the mountains when I'm listening to it. I also have some Civil War songs on CD that have the same flavor to them, and I heartily recommend the soundtrack from the Ken Burns' series on the Civil War. Wonderful music, especially Ashoken Farewell, the main theme.

Ooooh, I LOVE music threads. Keep it comin'!!


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