June 2, 1998 Helen Carter (Carter Family) died.
I don’t know which version of this song I heard first – probably the Carter family’s — but this was my introduction to country bluegrass music. They’re singing about his mother dying, yet the song is a feelgood tune. That’s what the blues do. This also was my introduction to bluegrass harmony singing and country chords. So it’s a good tuturial song to teach, music wise, even though it’s got sad lyrics.
You know I like to keep this blog upbeat and fun, but while Claudia and I were at the country house a couple of days ago, I got some sad news from my neighbor, Jim. I knew something was up when I saw the realtor showing his house. They had done so much work on that house (unlike us) and he was very proud of his property. I knew his grandson was sick with leukemia but last we talked he was doing okay. Well, as we were pulling in our driveway Jim was packing up to leave and he told me his grandson had passed away.
He was just a boy. It’s not right.
It reminds me that every day’s a gift and to stay grateful.
Will the circle be unbroken
By and by Lord, by and by
There’s a better home awaiting
In the sky Lord, in the sky.