Home from music in the mountains

@TheHorse (65904)
Pleasant Hill, California
June 20, 2016 12:22am CST
That was one enjoyable weekend. I made it up there Friday night, jammed with friends until 3 AM, and then did the same all day Saturday and Saturday night. Sunday morning, I helped friends pack up, and headed home. I saw some music friends I hadn't seen in a year, and it seemed like yesterday. Some of the songs I featured were: Wait a Minute, Back to the Barrooms, Paradise, Carmelita, Four Wet Pigs, and Echo Mountain. I was in folk and bluegrass heaven. Now its back to work. I'll try to attach a picture that shows the view from where I camped.
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@epiffanie (10466)
• Australia
20 Jun 16
Oh what a gorgeous photo you shared up there .. I love the trees with the clear blue sky in the background ;) .. What sort of trees are they?
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@TheHorse (65904)
• Pleasant Hill, California
20 Jun 16
I think they may be Ponderosa Pine, but I'm not sure.
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• Eugene, Oregon
20 Jun 16
That does sound like a wonderful weekend.
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@responsiveme (16329)
• India
20 Jun 16
Sounds like a great weekend . Made me go back in time to campfires , friends and songs. But for me never never a solo :) The picture is lovely
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@TheHorse (65904)
• Pleasant Hill, California
20 Jun 16
Heh heh. I miss camping and canoeing as a kid.
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@ilocosboy (34325)
• Philippines
20 Jun 16
now I'm dreaming to have some jam with my friends also, the way we were doing rock songs.
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@TheHorse (65904)
• Pleasant Hill, California
20 Jun 16
@ilocosboy Start with Box of Rain (from the American Beauty album). Then work your way up to their epic live jams, like St. Stephen.
• United States
21 Jun 16
@TheHorse Although I have seen many people perform, I have not seen any live more than maybe four times. I'm impressed by your 8.
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• United States
22 Jun 16
@TheHorse I never knew that. How creative of them.
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@FourWalls (13770)
• United States
20 Jun 16
Ooh, I see some favorites there ("Wait a Minite," "Paradise," "Carmalita," the late James King's "Echo Mountain" [if that's the same "Echo Mountain"])! Glad you had a great time, but really, how can you NOT have a great time at a bluegrass festival?!
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@TheHorse (65904)
• Pleasant Hill, California
20 Jun 16
Yep, that's the one. RIP James King. I met him at the same festival several years ago.
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@FourWalls (13770)
• United States
20 Jun 16
@TheHorse -- I met him one year at IBMA when they had a "surprise" late-night show featuring Longview (of which he was a member). Fabulous singer, gone way too soon.
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@TheHorse (65904)
• Pleasant Hill, California
20 Jun 16
@FourWalls Yes. I'm going to start practicing Echo Mountain more (and my buddy Howard is going to practice Bed by the Window more). We gotta carry on his legacy.
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@paigea (22199)
• Canada
20 Jun 16
That sounds like an amazing weekend. And I love the title of your discussion.
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@TheHorse (65904)
• Pleasant Hill, California
20 Jun 16
Seeing the title makes me feel as relaxed as I was over the past couple of days. Now it's back to work, getting new tires, getting my Comcast up and running properly, blah blah blah.
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@paigea (22199)
• Canada
20 Jun 16
@TheHorse Every time I come home from a vacation, I vow to not get all caught up in being too busy!
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@TheHorse (65904)
• Pleasant Hill, California
20 Jun 16
@paigea I'm trying! I just happen to have scheduled a bunch of extra stuff today.
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• United States
20 Jun 16
And tell us about the camp and weather too.
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@TheHorse (65904)
• Pleasant Hill, California
20 Jun 16
My friends who went there during the week said it had been rainy and cool. There were a couple of nights they couldn't jam outside. But the two days I was there it was in the upper 70s by day and upper 50s by night. It sprinkled a bit Friday night, but not enough to stop us from playing (under a tarp).
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• United States
21 Jun 16
@TheHorse Sounds perfect for you then, great luck.
@JudyEv (123440)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Jun 16
Sounds like a musician's dream. Glad you had such a great time.
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@TheHorse (65904)
• Pleasant Hill, California
20 Jun 16
Thanks! I did get to play some bass. As I've mentioned before, if I ever get to see your son play, I'll be watching his fingers closely. Playing Western Swing has forced me to learn some jazzier progressions, and we do Moonlight in Vermont, which is a slow but jazzy tune. It'll be awhile, though, before I call myself anything close to a bass player who "can play jazz."
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@JudyEv (123440)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Jun 16
@TheHorse Damian got some sort of scholarship at some stage and part of it was lessons with an orchestral bassist. He found that very useful I think. He was scared stiff of the teacher which was good as it ensured he practiced what he was supposed to.
@LadyDuck (157723)
• Switzerland
20 Jun 16
I love folk and bluegrass musics. Your photo shows a beautiful blue sky. Have you noticed that you can spot the moon at the top right corner?
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@TheHorse (65904)
• Pleasant Hill, California
20 Jun 16
Yes. This photo was actually from a couple of years ago (same site). I noticed that the moon was closer to full this year. My guess is that it will be full tonight.
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@LadyDuck (157723)
• Switzerland
20 Jun 16
@TheHorse Yes, full moon is tonight and it's also the summer solstice. This is a special moon, it's the Strawberry Moon. The strawberry moon gets its name from Native American tribe, which knew it as the signal to collect ripe fruit. The last time a full moon was on the summer solstice was in 1948. We should celebrate.
@Inlemay (16559)
• South Africa
20 Jun 16
Sounds like you all had a terrific time - welcome back - Recovery time will be allowed
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@Inlemay (16559)
• South Africa
20 Jun 16
@TheHorse ha ha ha - Hot Wheels after a HOT music week-end - you are getting up to some speed over there!
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@beenice2 (2274)
• Canada
21 Jun 16
I find you so lucky to have good friends to be with.
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@TheHorse (65904)
• Pleasant Hill, California
21 Jun 16
I wish I got to see them more often.
@suziecat7 (3399)
• Asheville, North Carolina
20 Jun 16
Such blue skies - glad you had a good time.
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@TheHorse (65904)
• Pleasant Hill, California
20 Jun 16
It was great to see everyone. I wish we got together more often.
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@jaboUK (53936)
• United Kingdom
20 Jun 16
What fun, I'm glad you enjoyed it.
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@TheHorse (65904)
• Pleasant Hill, California
21 Jun 16
Thanks! It was a great time.
@andriaperry (50911)
• United States
20 Jun 16
Some people do not know this but I own a Banjo, I cant play well but I know some of my rolls. My grandfather could burn one up!!!
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@TheHorse (65904)
• Pleasant Hill, California
20 Jun 16
Do you think you will get back into it? I never learned to play banjo.
@jayaramas (1358)
• Bangalore, India
20 Jun 16
superb. i too will do like this.
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@TheHorse (65904)
• Pleasant Hill, California
20 Jun 16
Will you have a chance to be with nature this Summer?
@LoriAMoore (4797)
• United States
20 Jun 16
I haven't camped in 40 years.
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@TheHorse (65904)
• Pleasant Hill, California
20 Jun 16
I just slept in the back of my truck. Same old sleeping bag I've had for decades.
@JohnRoberts (57175)
• Los Angeles, California
20 Jun 16
And a lovely view it was. Our California forests are nice, aren't they?
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@TheHorse (65904)
• Pleasant Hill, California
20 Jun 16
They sure are. I think I'm happiest when there are pine trees around me.
@Jessicalynnt (47895)
• Centralia, Missouri
20 Jun 16
what a lovely view, and sounds like you had a blast. Tired?
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@TheHorse (65904)
• Pleasant Hill, California
20 Jun 16
I feel more rejeuvinated than tired. But I was ready for bed at 11 or so last night.
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@teamfreak16 (41181)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
20 Jun 16
Glad you had a good weekend. Mandolin?
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@TheHorse (65904)
• Pleasant Hill, California
20 Jun 16
I played mostly guitar this weekend. But I did play some bass and mandolin.
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@Platespinner (16520)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
20 Jun 16
Sounds like a great way to spend a weekend!
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@TheHorse (65904)
• Pleasant Hill, California
21 Jun 16
I look forward to Grass Valley every year.
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