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Amish Music

This really isn't related to Thanksgiving week or anything like that.  Just sort of a random thought which popped into my mind.    

This morning I got to thinking about the "music" I associate with Lovina and her family. Music isn't something the Amish receive widespread acclaim for.  After all they don't even play musical instruments.  Their music is their voice, pure and clear.  My first exposure to music in the Eicher/Coblentz home was through "yodeling."  This is a vanishing skill not unlike the caricaturized yodeling you'll hear on TV, except more beautiful.  Yodeling is a craft practiced by a very small number of Amish, primarily the Swiss-descended groups in Adams County, Indian or Webster County, Missouri.  But the Eichers - and I suspect most Amish -  also enjoy just singing songs of any type.

Like Amish cooking, which tends to be influenced by the outside world around it, so too is their music. One of the Coblentz and Eicher's favorite song to sing is a piece called "High Cotton", which actually was a hit song by the country group "Alabama."  Click here to see the lyrics.  How a country music song ended up as part of their family musical retrepoire I'll never know.  But through the years they've mixed in their own yodeling lyrics with the song so that they've given it their own beautiful stamp.   Another song the Eichers like to sing is called "Family Reunion"  Country music seems to enjoy popularity among the Amish a lot more than, say, Top 40 and definitely not rap.

I hope everyone is preparing for Thanksgiving.  37 million Americans are hitting the road this holiday. I feel like the only one who isn't, my family gatherings are all within 3 - 4 miles of my house.  That'd be perfect for a buggy ride.



Happy Thanksgiving

I want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.

We're staying home this year, except going to the nursing home to visit my Dad on Thanksgiving if the weather holds out.  Here in SE Iowa a cold front will be coming through bringing rain and some snow...maybe a couple of inches.  Hopefully there won't be any freezing. 

I'm planning on staying warm and I'll be cooking our dinner :)

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