I once had the great pleasure of wandering around an old wooden church in the state of Mississippi and was able to really feel and smell its history. It was quite a humbling experience in many ways, and it certainly penetrated deep inside me, so that many years later, when I had developed the ability, I wrote a piece of music about it and included it on my fourth album Heading West.
I was particularly gratified that the esteemed music reviewer Kathy Parsons wrote of the track…..“Old Wooden House suggests a time-worn structure that has seen better days and holds generations of precious memories of days gone by.” I couldn’t have put it better myself.
Here’s a little video that I put together featuring the beautiful photographs of Walker Evans and Bernard M Baruch, which I felt illustrated the kind of building that it is/was, I hope you like it.
4 thoughts on “The Old Wooden House”
Ah, I hear a deep understanding of the soul of a much loved house. Many of our older wooden houses survived the earthquakes but some did not, or the land under them did not. We have discovered, too late, how inextricably our memories and structures are bound together.
Thanks so much, I’m glad you can hear the soul of the music, I really appreciate that, and yes you eloquently express the relationship between memories and structures. Thank you 🙂
Mike, I loved that music! It is a tribute to to the times and the people and the memories associated with the old church and gave me a satisfying, peaceful feeling as I listened and looked at the photos.
Thanks montucky I’m so glad that you liked it. In spite of the fact that I’m not from that place I tried very hard to make the music both authentic but not cliched all at the same time, a tricky row to hoe! Thanks for letting me know I really appreciate it.