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    This is part what I think of. Among other things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary Hedrick View Post
    My "real" definition will always be listening to my grandmother singing hymns while she stood at the kitchen sink doing the dishes.

    There was a plaintive...haunting sound to her voice....the pain of poverty...too much work and too little hope. She sounded like a female version of Bill Monroe in many ways.

    It will always stick with me though she has been dead for almost 50 years.
    And why is it, even just reading this, my imagination can create something that's far more emotionally shattering than the real thing. Powerful stuff

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    If I may intrude -- besides hearing my West Virginia grandparents since birth (we're Carters), my string-picking mania began about 55 years ago listening to, playing, and later building mountain dulcimers. To me, "high lonesome" means modal melodies, harmonies, drones, and dissonances. Put modal harmonies in falsetto over a nasal melody and you've got it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by danmills View Post
    I heard Ricky Skaggs interviewed on NPR a while back saying that the placement of the tenor vocal harmony above the lead is what defined the "High Lonesome" sound. Or something like that. I forget the details, and I don't know enough about harmony vocals or the history of who was doing what when to make any more sense out of this.
    ....FYI -in a conventional vocal arrangement , the "tenor vocal" is ALWAYS above the lead !,...-the baritone is always below !

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    Good to see you back again resurrecting old threads, mando-tech! You do realize that danmills (the guy you're responding to) wrote that statement 8 years before you joined here? That would be 14 years ago as of now ...

    Mind you, I'm not complaining, happy to see these old threads and to read your replies, but it's a bit odd to see you responding to what folk wrote over a decade ago. At least danmills is still here, seems his last response to a thread here was only two days ago, so maybe he'll see your response.
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    To me the quintessential high lonesome sound came out of Ralph Stanley with his a cappella "Oh Death" ringing through the rafters of the middle Freight and Salvage - Just my experience in Berkeley, CA... but no one can argue if your heard it in person. So hunting, so high and lonesome after losing his brother Carter.

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    Default Re: The "High Lonesome" Sound Defined? "O Death"
    here is Ralph Stanley and his "mountain" music, sounding high and lonesome (not at the Freight though)
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    I know those chairs and Meyers Monitors - Freight and Salvage ("Middle Freight") Berkeley, CA

    (I'm new to this kind of thing: How do I delete this? I should have selected "Replied with Quote" for context with "Elizabeth LaPrelle sings "Pretty Saro'"

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