PITTSBURG — Lyrics and melodies are sometimes lost generation to generation.
Timothy Anderson wanted to keep the music going for years to come, so he created an open forum called Pittsburg Old Time Fiddlers and Pickers.
“Music is really important,” he said. “I think everyone has an understanding of how important the development to the human brain and the social aspect and music has.”
Anderson said it has been interesting to learn about the history of songs.
“History is as relevant as it needs to be,” he said. “Without looking to see where you came from you wouldn’t know where you are going if you don’t know where you came from.”
“These songs have touched millions over generations.”
Over the years some of the titles or sometimes even lyrics change, he said.
For example, the song “Red Wing,” written by Kerry Mills in 1907 is also known as “Union Maid.”
“It’s still the same song,” Anderson said.
Another song is Lord MacDonald's Reel, also known as MacDonald’s Reel, Virginia Reel, Leather Britches and a few other titles.
“Grabbing a hold of history and making it part of daily life is really cool,” Anderson said. “Grabbing a hold of it and replaying it from generation to generation keeps us tied together a little bit more and that is really important.”
The group is open for everybody at any skill level and age.
Anderson said people do not have to play an instrument, they can listen, dance or sing. He said, however, if anyone knows how to square dance or clog he would be glad to have them on board to teach the group a thing or two about the dances.
One member hasn’t played more than a week and had an opportunity to play the violin on Sunday at the Crawford County Museum’s 50th anniversary open house.
Other musicians in the group have been to state fiddling challenges, which Anderson said they are an honor to play with.
He said the group encourages people to play “old timey” songs to continue the sometimes 200 year-old melodies.
However, the first part of the meeting focuses on a list of song which the musicians select and provide, which could be mid 70s folk music to cajun songs.
The group meets every fourth Sunday of the month and there are no fees to join. They meet from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Crawford County Historical Museum, the next meeting is on June 24.
Anderson gave many thanks to CCHM Director Amanda Minton for allowing the group to practice at the museum and perform during its events.
“I want to give a shout out to Amanda Minton for being generous with the facility,” he said.
Contact Anderson through the group’s Facebook page Pittsburg Old Time Fiddlers and Pickers for more information.
— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.