Popular enough to make it into one of the Piano Adventure’s Popular Repertoire books – this haunting folk song had escaped my attention all these years. It was used as the theme song for the PBS miniseries The Civil War – which I didn’t see. I only know it because I assigned it to a student recently.
It’s written in the style of a Scottish lament and is played here by the composer Jay Ungar with the Molly Mason Family Band. Unplugged. And, frankly, not always in tune. But it seems fitting. Personally.
By the time this post is published I’ll be in the bone-chilling cold of the Saskatchewan prairies, saying farewell to my aunt. I have no idea if she would have liked it or not, but it moves me.