This song goes out to Jeanne…. my beautiful bride, the mother of my son, my best friend and the love of my life.
Those of you who were at our wedding may remember it as our wedding song. You may also recognize it as the theme song for the Ken Burns 1990 PBS television miniseries, “The Civil War.”
Although Ashokan Farewell sounds as if it were a traditional tune that was played at the time of the Civil War, it was actually composed composed by Jay Ungar in 1982. Ashokan Farewell captures the essence of a period of time gone by; it is among the most beautiful fiddle songs ever written.
My fiddle playing is coming along. My bowing has improved, I still need to get better at vibrato with my left hand.
"In the process of completely exhausting myself, I connect with an inner part of me ordinarily veiled by the everyday distractions of life. During that short time spent on a trail in the mountains, my life is reduced to its simplest terms. Most ultrarunners are people who find goodness and joy in difficult times, who see beyond the misery to the beauty of nature, and who truly realize the elemental and important aspects of life. Going for a run always clears my head... but running 100 miles distills my soul."
Keith Knipling - RUNNING THROUGH THE WALL