Posted by Bassora on Tuesday, February 15, 2011
My brother (my only sibling) died suddenly last week.
I played at his funeral. I played old-tyme tunes played quietly with my darling Don. When I played lead I was on one of my mandolins, when Don played lead he was on the banjo or fiddle. He can play some really beautiful gentle pieces on the banjo. And his Hard Times on the fiddle was magnificent.
I tried to play Ook Pic Waltz on my Kay mandolin, a piece that is second nature to me, but my mind disappeared mid-way through. Couldn't even remember what I was playing. Played it successfully after funeral.
Did successfully play Metsakukkia Valssi on my octave mandolin.
The formal funeral service started with me singing When Sorrows Encompass Me Round (pre-Civil War funeral hymn). Almost made it through ... almost.
Hard to get my mind on anything.
Tomorrow I go back to work. Not sure how well that's going to go.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 @6:12:34 PM
Condolences on your loss. I know how it feels and, although the pain settles down, it never completely goes away.
I played at the funeral mass for a very good friend and wasn't sure I wouldn't break down in the middle of a song. Fortunately, the "work" involved helped me to get through it, but not without a load of mistakes.
Work may be the best thing for you. It ought to distract you so you can cope more easily. Hang in.
Jim Yates Says:
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 @10:46:17 AM
I am late noticing this Bassora, but I'll pass on my condolences now. I lost my youngest brother David just 15 days before your brother passed. I played a tune that we'd played together and a tune called I Feel Like Missing You Today and my wife played The Water Is Wide, a song that she and Dave had played together. A number of his friends and relatives played music or talked about their memories of Dave. We also played a tape of Dave singing a Bob Dylan song.
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