Today I saw reports that an as yet undetermined amount of a mining chemical spilled into the Elk River in West Virginia, and a state of emergency has been declared in nine counties along the river, including the state capitol (source). The mining company isn’t really talking, no one knows how much chemical for how long or exactly when, blah blah blah. No, I’m not trying to be glib, I’m just disheartened this story repeats and repeats over the decades.
Anyway, it got me to thinking of a tune we play at our camp at the Hiawatha Music Festival, “Elk River Blues,” by fiddler Ernie Carpenter and played by my friend The Ott Lake Rambler in this YouTube video. That led to spending a good amount of time streaming several other fiddle tunes while I worked today. And that led to me finally starting a project of finding some good authentic old-time fiddle CDs to buy, so I can have this music around in the 51 1/2 weeks a year where I’m not at Hiawatha.
There’s not a lot else I can say here. I realize I sublimated my unhappiness over yet one more piece of damage done to the environment into music as a distraction. It seemed like the best thing for me to do at the moment, though.