Saturday, July 15, 2006

"The dead want to get the music back"

Check out this remarkable article from the Globe & Mail today about John MacDougall, an 81 year old guy living in a trailer in Cape Breton, who has written 33,300 songs for fiddle. He believes he is channelling them from "the other side". The first time the music came to him, he transcribed 65 tunes in one night, and has not stopped. Fantastic.

You know, we revere musicians who are recorded and marketed by multi-nationals, yet we have in our midsts, guys like this, real musical heros in their community.

1 comment:

Timmer said...

I read that article in the paper edition last weekend. Fascinating that he started to record these tunes at 50 years old, he is some kind of genius.