Monday, August 22, 2011
I was the "coverboy" in the Summer issue of 2002, which also featured an observant and thoughtful interview, written by Fort Collins writer & poet Tim van Schmidt.
In addition, an arrangement of the early American shape-note tune, Wondrous Love in DAG tuning was included, together with a short descriptive article by Gil Waldkoenig.
Even now, almost a decade later, I remember how excited I was when then-editor, Maddie MacNeil, called to ask me to be a featured interview for this issue. When one is involved with a labor of love, out of the limelight, in what may be thought of as a backwater (or certainly not in the middle of river of dulcimers!) one's existence might be more easily compared to a monk's hermitage.
To be noticed, introduced and recognized for this love is quite gratifying. As I travel and teach and meet many talented musicians who play dulcimers and guitar (both the aspiring and the retiring folks!) I am excited to have the opportunity to support them by providing the notice that this article gave me.
And now it is searchable so that ANYONE can do the same for all the people named in the interviews, articles, letters-to-the-editor, and more going back to the magazine's beginning in 1975.
Thanks to Dan and Angie Landrum, Stephen Seifert and the many other hands who have labored long and hard to make this available for all of us!
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