Music at the Guthrie Park Community Center
Last Friday, I sweet talked Margie into taking a trip south of Dallas to the Guthrie Park Community Center. I promised her the opportunity to hear some great music from the local musicians and singers who congregate there every Friday evening at 6:30. To be honest, I had no idea what to expect. I had a feeling that it would be similar to some of the community “jam sessions” I used to attend in southern Ohio and W. Virginia where folks seemed to come out of the woodwork with fiddles, dulcimers, banjos, and who knows what to get together and make music. These sessions often went on for a long time because no one wanted to leave until they had sang every song they knew – and trust me, some of the old timers knew a lot!
When we arrived, the music had already begun. The three who led the session were on the stage and before them in a semi circle, were 15-20 folks with every instrument you might imagine. I put my guitar down by the door in hopes that no one had seen me carry it in. I didn’t want to butt in at this point – I wanted to enjoy it. And enjoy it we did! Fiddles, mandolins, banjos, accordions, guitars, and even a tin whistle all joined in for 3 1/2 hours of pure “O, wow — I haven’t heard that song in years.” Next time, I’m going to get brave and join in. I swear it. But first, I’d better brush on the some of those great old songs that I cut my teeth on many years ago.
To find out more about events at Guthrie Park visit their website by Googling Guthrie Park Community Center, and maybe we’ll see you there.