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Angeline the Baker

I have a book called “The Fiddler’s Fakebook” left over from my aborted attempt at learning to play the violin/fiddle. I never got rid of the book because I love a lot of the music in there and find it enjoyable to play on the guitar.

My recording of “Angeline the Baker” is an arrangement I created of an old time fiddle tune based on a song called Angelina Baker written by Stephen Foster for the Christy Minstrels, and published in 1850. The original laments the loss of a woman slave, sent away by her owner. The melody of the fiddle tune, Angeline the Baker differs from the Stephen Foster version.

In my arrangement and instrumentation in this recording I spiced it up and added a bit of country flavor!  See my music page to buy a copy of Angeline the Baker.

According to Wikipedia, Lyle Lofgren, writing for Inside Bluegrass, publication of the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association, “Foster published Angelina Baker in 1850, and it was featured on stage by the original Christy Minstrels.” The melody and lyrics to the original Angelina Baker are:

Angeline the baker lives in our village green,
The way I always loved her beats all you ever seen.

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Angeline the baker, her age is forty-three,
I bought her candy by the peck, and she won’t marry me.

Chorus

Her father is the miller, they call him Uncle Sam.
I never will forget her, unless I take a dram.

Chorus

Angeline is handsome, Angeline is tall,
They say she sprained her ankle a-dancing at the ball.

Chorus

She can’t do hard work because she is not stout,
She bakes her biscuits every day, and pours the coffee out.

Chorus

I’ll never marry no other girl, no matter where I go.
I said I’d marry Angeline just twenty years ago.

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The last time I saw her was at the county fair.
Her father run me almost home and told me to stay there.

Chorus


But then, making the history of this tune even more interesting is this comment that was posted on Mudcat.org:

There is a recording of “Angeline the Baker” on the Folk-Legacy CD, “The New Golden Ring: Five Days Singing.” Lyrics are the same as what’s in the Digital Tradition database. Here’s what the CD notes say:

This is an old Eck Dunford tune with possible Negro origins. Frank George, fiddler from West Virginia, calls it “Angeline” and gives it Scottish overtones. In some parts of West Virginia it is called “Angeline Baker,” thus causing some friction between fiddlers when it is played. The tune was played only as an instrumental; the words are a comparatively recent addition. There is a Stephen Foster song called “Angelina Baker,” and the tune may have some derivision from that, or perhaps it’s the other way around. (notes by Sara Grey)

 

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DB-19 How to Rosin New Bow Hair

This is lesson DB-19 How to Rosin New Bow Hair, and is a continuation of my journal of things I have learned as an adult double bass student.  See the video for a few pointers.

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Here is what I know about how to rosin a bow. First of all, I use Kolstein “Ultra Bass Rosin”, soft grade. I have tried several other types of rosin, and so far Kolstein is my favorite. I comes in a nice silicone case inside the outer cardboard case which keeps it fresh. I have my rosin for over a year and I […] Continue Reading…

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Christmas Playlist

I just put together a YouTube playlist of some of my Christmas tunes.

 

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Phantom of the Opera

Here’s a little video clip of a medley from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera being performed by the Evergreen Community Orchestra of Everett, Washington on Halloween evening!

Here is the plot summary as summarized by the all knowing Wikipedia:
Plot summary[edit]
In the 1890’s in Paris, the Palais Garnier is believed to be haunted by an entity known as the Phantom or the Opera Ghost. One day, the stagehand, Joseph Buquet, is found hanged, presumably by the Phantom, after boasting about him to the corps de ballet. At the same time, Christine Daaé, a young Swedish soprano, has been tutored […] Continue Reading…

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Christmas Playlist

Hi world!  Happy November!!  Here is my Spotify Christmas playlist.  Have a very merry holiday shopping season!

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Next Concert

Hey there…..If you are in the Seattle area on Halloween be sure to come out to the Everett Mall for lots of fun and music by Evergreen Community Orchestra.  I’ll be playing bass.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The kids will be there doing in-mall trick or treating and from 5:30 to 6:30 an ensemble from the Evergreen Community Orchestra will be performing some fun and/or spooky music under the rotunda in the mall’s center court.  Following that the orchestra will perform a complete concert in Northwest Music Hall, located in the northeast (how ironic) corner of the mall.  Best yet, it’s all free.  Donations […] Continue Reading…

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DB-18 Introducing the Roland Micro Cube Bass Amp!

This is lesson DB-18 Introducing the Roland Micro Cube Bass Amp, and is a continuation of my journal of things I have learned as an adult double bass student.  See the video for a few pointers about using the Roland amp.
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My main bass amp is a Gallien-Krueger 700RB-II in a 12 inch Neo combo cabinet, along with another Neo 12 extension cab, which is an awesome amp that has served me well.  But, even with the Neo speakers, it is still heavy!  Recently I began searching for something smaller and lighter that could still put out a great […] Continue Reading…

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White Christmas Video

I just published today my video to go along with my arrangement and recording of Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” played in the awesome style of the vocal group The Drifters.  This is a ukulele and string bass duet on White Christmas while thinking of all of our men and women in uniform serving America so far away from home.

A link to the video on YouTube is below.

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Blackies and Nacho Mama

Hey there Mexican food lovers.  I thought I’d let you know that my song “Nacho Mama” has just now been released as a single on CD Baby.  For today only, the lunch special is Nacho Mama for only $0.99!

The inspiration for this song came from the cooking magazine, “Bon Appetite”, which had an article titled “One Dish Wonder” and at first I thought that might make a good song title, but then that led me to think, “What ONE menu item do I think about a lot?”. It was then that I realized that that one dish has to […] Continue Reading…

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