Thanks for the link, Eug. #Classical wonk arcana aside, a fairly grim essence of Italy (and the mandolin) quite heavy on the same hoary imagery. #Though I did appreciate the association between mandolin players and i barbieri. #(An image of which Sheri Mignano nails with "mandolins, like salami".) #Sig. LaBarbera seems quite accomplished and I look forward to seeing his compilation. #(No sign of it yet at Mel Bay.) Hopefully it goes beyond the usual chestnuts and broadens the scope of available music from this area. #
Maybe there is reason to hope, I noticed that Mel has a handbook on playing the traditional southern Italian tambourine. #My wife snatched the cc right out of my hand as I was about to order it. #Such a defensive sensibility won't last long. #I still have some nice frame drums around from days of yore. # Tarantella time continues.
Ever tried, ever failed, no matter. Try again, fail again, fail better.--Samuel Beckett