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From November 23, 2006...
The hammered dulcimer is often associated in the U.S. with the Appalachian hills of the Carolinas. But versions of the instrument are mentioned throughout the pages of recorded history from the Bible to Shakespeare. The hammered dulcimer provides the signature sound for a trio of local musicians known collectively as After Class. Rob Angus plays dulcimer, Mark Weldon takes up the violin and Brant Beene joins in on guitar. I asked Brant Beene where the name came from...
After Class, recorded live at Boutwell Studios, with Brant Beene on guitar, Mark Weldon on violin and Rob Angus on the hammered dulcimer.
Many of us travel home for Thanksgiving. And no matter how old we are, that trip can bring back memories of childhood. We are, it seems, inexorably linked to those few years of our lives that shape our perceptions about ourselves, our families and our communities. Author Sally Nemeth did a lot of reflecting about childhood and home, friends and family for her latest book The Heights, The Depths and Everything In Between. It's the coming-of-age tale of Lucy Small and angst of junior high.
Sally Nemeth tells WBHM's Tanya Ott that Lucy's story really struck home. Nemeth herself was relocated from the north to Vestavia Hills as a teenager.
Sally Nemeth, talking about her new book The Heights, The Depths and Everything in Between.
The teenage years can be rough, especially if your parents trot out naked baby pictures every time family comes to visit or insist on reminiscing about your booger-eating delight as a toddler. But, if your mom is a storyteller whose got a way with words...a mom like, say, commentator Cheryl-Anne Millsap. Well, then it's downright hilarious!
Commentator Cheryl-Anne Millsap is a former Birminghamer -- who's now a columnist for the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington.
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It's not often that a musician can boast of having written the official music of a place, but Larry Allen Brown's latest CD so enraptured the city of Blowing Rock, North Carolina, the chamber of commerce adopted it as the official town soundtrack. The CD itself came about through a bit of serendipity. Brown and his wife had just gotten married and decided to visit western North Carolina. It was there Brown met a filmmaker shooting a documentary about Blowing Rock. After returning to Birmingham, Brown sent the documentarian some of his work and the next thing he knew he was being asked to score the entire film soundtrack. This piece, "A Song for Kathryn", is one of the songs written for the film. It's off Brown's new album "Music for the High Country - The Soundtrack of Blowing Rock". It's followed by a Brown's rendition of the classic Greensleeves. (AUDIO MONTAGE)
Tapestry is produced by Tanya Ott, Michael Krall and Hunter Bell. Francesca Rosko keeps our calendars up to date. Commentary this week from Cheryl-Anne Millsap and production assistance from Rosemary Pennington and audio engineer Mark Harrelson. I'm Greg Bass - Happy Thanksgiving!