Letter From the Editor: Melodies & Memories

By Leslie Moore

Letter From the Editor: Melodies & Memories

Most of us who love music have a soundtrack for the different times in our lives, and hearing even the first few bars of a song can instantly brings back memories. The soundtrack of my childhood was varied – the fast-paced fun of bluegrass that my father loved, or my mother’s preference of standards by greats like Bobby Darin and Frank Sinatra, or my favorite radio station which gave me a window into what was new and exciting in the late ‘60s. I could usually talk my mother into the “new music” station when we were in the car, but at home it was always my parents’ choice – and gospel music was a part of every Sunday. My father grew up in the North Carolina mountains and played the banjo regularly until a hand injury took away his ability to play – but never his enjoyment of the music he loved. The first strains of any song by Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs never fail to take me back to visits with relatives where someone was always picking an instrument on the porch or in the living room, with others adding vocal harmony to the mix. Even though I later found the music of my generation more to my liking, I’ve never lost my affection for the music that first stirred my soul.

This month, I have the rare opportunity to hear both of these beautiful genres played live in Pawleys Island. The Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art is presenting an award-winning bluegrass band, Balsam Range, on October 19th, and the next day Joe Gransden, together with his 16 piece band, will be performing many of the Sinatra favorites that I still know by heart. Even if these musicians aren’t a part of your personal “soundtrack,” I promise both will provide a great time and good music. I hope to see you there!

“Music is life; that’s why our hearts have beats” Cecily Morgan

OThe only true measure of success is the amount of joy we are feeling

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  • Leslie Moore

    Leslie Moore

    Leslie Moore is the editor for Strand Media Group. A 25 year resident of Pawleys Island, she is blessed with a life filled with the love of family and friends and satisfying work to do every day.

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