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YouTube bonanza from friends

First I wish to call attention to the Ott Lake Rambler's latest video post on YouTube. You may remember he posts videos of fiddle tunes he plays, but this one is a recitation of a passage from the writings of Sigurd Olson, the author so identified with the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in northern Minnesota. The imagery, I believe, is from the Upper Peninsula and very recent; yes, it is autumn there with a vengeance. The video has inspired thoughts in me that will take a lot of time to digest into anything written, if that even proves possible. If you're of the wilderness bent, you may feel somewhat the same.

Then I discovered that the Rambler's brother-in-law has some videos too. He's a guitarist and mandolinist, and a songwriter to boot. He recorded a video of his song about the Barnes and Hecker mine disaster in western Marquette Coutny, Michigan, in 1926. (Here's an article about it.) I have a lot of admiration for that song. Disaster songs are an important tradition in American folk music—every significant train wreck and mining disaster has one, it seems—and Ryan's is a fine addition to the genre.

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