Thursday, April 09, 2020

Riverside Gardens

Riverside Gardens (mp3) (pdf) (pdf harmony)

The Riverside International Friendship Gardens are a small collection of beautiful and lovingly tended gardens located at the point where the La Crosse River empties into the Mississippi in La Crosse, Wisconsin. It doesn't take all day to see them all and it always adds a little beauty to my day when I visit. They are well worth a few minutes of your time.

This tune is another one expanded from a fragment in an old notebook and recently finished. A pretty melody with a simple accompaniment part seems to fit with the title.

This marks the first appearance in So Many Tunes of a recently acquired, century-old Gibson mandolin. It began life around 1912 or 1913 but has see many alterations since then. Often that makes an old Gibson less desirable but I like the sound of this one. Many thanks to Greg and the folks at Greg Boyd's House of Fine Instruments for working with me on this acquisition.

Try to stay safe, stay home if you can, wear your mask if you have one. I would especially appreciate it (if you are under 60 with no medical issues) if you can try and avoid picking up a piece of the virus and passing it on to someone else who might eventually pass it on to an old guy like me. (Insert your favorite John Prine quote here ...)
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