One of the first songs added in the recent flurry is an improvisational arrangement of the classic tune of “Dixie.” There are scores of stories surrounding the song. Several people and companies have taken credit for writing it, and both armies in the War Between the States used it as a battle song at times. The history of “Dixie” is an interesting story in itself. It seems to have a different meaning to everyone who knows it.
To me, it inspires feelings of a simple way of living, of green meadows and tree lined hills. It’s an ode to all the people – past and present – who farm the land to feed the country, or who carve out the wild areas to provide us with wind farms and homes; to every soul who does the often unappreciated tasks that fill the needs of everyone.
“Dixie – off the cuff”
Travis Clower and I played this one off the cuff. It was one of those moments when we just struck a chord and started playing, without a word about what to play. He’s one of those rare musicians whom I’ve enjoyed that kind of connection with.