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    Walls of Time
    True Life Blues
    With Body and Soul

    I like the dark brooding stuff.
    "Dust off those rusty strings just one more time. Gonna make em shine!" -Robert Hunter

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    Quote Originally Posted by (kvk @ Sep. 23 2005, 22:14)
    Walls of Time
    True Life Blues
    With Body and Soul

    I like the dark brooding stuff.
    With Body and Soul was actually written by Virginia
    Stauffer.

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    Ah but the question is "What are your top three all time favorite Bill Monroe tunes ... ". It doesn't specify penned by or performed by.
    "Dust off those rusty strings just one more time. Gonna make em shine!" -Robert Hunter

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    In the Pines
    Get Up John
    Molly and Tenbrooks

    Those are the three right now but it could change. I recently bought the four C.D. boxed set of Monroe from 1936 to 1994. Good stuff.



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    Jerusalem Ridge
    In the Pines (Who-oo-ooh)
    Little Georgia Rose

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    Little Georgia Rose
    Old Dangerfield
    Lonesome Moonlight Waltz

    Cry Cry Darlin........I don't know if he wrote that one but I like to hear him sing it
    I wandered again to my home in the mountains....

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    Nope.. I just looked. He didn't write Cry, Cry Darlin . It was Jimmy Newman. He sings it anyway. Does that count?



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    It counts; but it is a 'song', not a 'tune'.

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    Oh NO, I guess I had better change "Little Georgia Rose" then. That is a song too. Can ya play it as an instrumental???

    In that case I'll trade "Little Georgia Rose" for "Texas Lone Star". That keeps it in the tune category.



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    No big deal; I think Monroe cross-fertilized a bunch between songs and tunes.

    I think he wrote a few tunes and songs based on their similar melodies:
    "Watson's Blues" (tune) loosely from "You'll Find Her Name Written There" (song);
    "Old Brown County Jamboree Barn" (tune) from "Used to Be" (song).
    Just my theory; I never asked him.

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    evanreilly,

    That's an interesting theory. Never looked at it like that before.
    I wandered again to my home in the mountains....

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    1) Scotland
    2) Jerusalem Ridge
    3) The Lloyd Loar (great story behind it, named by Charlie D if I'm not mistaken)
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    "The Lloyd Loar" was written for the "...fine folks at Gibson...." who fixed up #73987.
    The particular individual responsible for the splinter re-assembly is included in the picture below (hint: shop apron!).
    I like to think Bill is playing "The Lloyd Loar" in this shot.
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    Stoney Lonesome
    Frog on a Lillypad
    Jerusalem Ridge
    Scotland
    Whoops thats four, can't stop. Must be about thirty or forty that are my favorites.
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    Current top three vote getters are as follows:

    1. Jerusalem Ridge (10 votes)
    2. Scotland (7 votes)
    3. Old Dangerfield (6 votes)

    (Lonesome Moonlight Waltz, Roanoke, Tennesse Blues, Bluegrass Stomp and Rawhide are all currently tied for 4th with 4 votes each.)
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    Thanks for posting that photo, Evan. Hard to believe 20 years have passed.

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    Yep...
    the first show Bill played after his two F-5s were smashed was in Cambridge, MA. I was there and talked to him on the bus before the show and offered him the use of my mandolin.
    But Charlie Derrington had lent him his personal mandolin while he worked on the repairs.

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    Bill didn't write Roanoke, did he?
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    Actually Evan, they were playing a Blues tune. Improv (particularly on Chet's part )

    My favorite tunes:

    Tombstone Junction
    Come Hither To Go Yon (with Southern Flavor a close second)
    Lonesome Moonlight Waltz (the changes could have been written by Beethoven)

    And I love to sing the Ky. Waltz.

    Gosh, it is so hard to pick only three! With tunes like Brown County Barn, Monroe's Hornpipe, Tennessee Blues, Road to Columbus, Brown County Breakdown, and (no pun intended) on and on.

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    anyone got an mp3 of "the Lloyd Loar"? I've never heard it though I've heard of it.

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    Current Favorites:
    1. Lonesome Moonlight Waltz
    2. Old Crossroad is Waitin'
    3. Watson Blues

    Honorable Mention:
    1. Evening Prayer Blues
    2. I'm Going Back to Old Kentucky
    3. Jerusalem Ridge

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    1. Always liked "IN THE PINES." Nirvana covered it on thier MTV unplugged cd.... who would have ever thought. Kurt Cobain called it something else, not to sure of what the name is but it is the last song on that cd. It is still in the same key and most of the lyrics are there but done in a grunge way.

    2. I also like "My Last Days on Earth." Slow, touching, and perfect for the title.

    3. Third place goes to two songs but I have no idea what thier names are. Both are really old and have his bandmates making special effects in the background. The first one has someone barking and howling like a dog and second has someone saying the line "there's no ham like Birmingham."

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    top 3? how about 5?
    1. In The Pines (also check out The Packway Handle Bands cover of this!)
    2. Blue Moon of Kentucky
    3. Uncle Pen
    4. Footprints in the Snow
    5. Mule Skinner Blues
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    Top three, that's tough, but I'll give 'er a shot:
    1) Old Ebenezeer Dangerfield, I know its two tunes but I always play them together
    2) My Father's Footsteps, so simple and beautiful
    3) Bluegrass Stomp, pure mandolin blues

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    Quote Originally Posted by (phriend2spin @ Sep. 27 2005, 23:51)
    1. Always liked "IN THE PINES." Nirvana covered it on thier MTV unplugged cd.... who would have ever thought. Kurt Cobain called it something else, not to sure of what the name is but it is the last song on that cd. It is still in the same key and most of the lyrics are there but done in a grunge way.

    2. I also like "My Last Days on Earth." Slow, touching, and perfect for the title.

    3. Third place goes to two songs but I have no idea what thier names are. Both are really old and have his bandmates making special effects in the background. The first one has someone barking and howling like a dog and second has someone saying the line "there's no ham like Birmingham."
    Those would be Doghouse Blues and the Orange Blossom Special
    from the Victor sessions, I suppose.

    Monroe played the guitar on Doghouse Blues, by the way.

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