Sad that I was not able to attend Andee and Steve’s 50th wedding anniversary. After I was sent a post from Bill Northgraves showing that some of my cousins did a impromptu jamming I decided that I wanted to be part of that, even after the actual event.
Most of my songs deal with the dark side of the human condition. I know all the murder ballads and songs of mining disasters. I did find a couple that are passable for love songs, but even the classic You Are My Sunshine has a dark stanza:
“You told me once, dear, you really loved me
And no one else could come between.
But now you’ve left me and love another;
You have shattered all of my dreams:”
What do you sing to a couple that has been married 50 years? I chose a Bailes Brother’s song Oh So Many Years that was written in 1949. The lyrics are bittersweet but approximate a love song, with nary a mine disaster or murder.
I have another one to share, one that is a favorite of my 2 year old grand-nephew. It is a love ballad written by Blaze Foley which mentions the moon (how romantic is that?).
In an ideal world I would have accompaniment on these tunes with folks singing harmony and taking elaborate breaks. Maybe we can do that on the 75th?