|The new Robert Frost's Banjo Central|
|Bay window with donated easy chair & rocking chair!|
Yes, it’s a bit of a virtual housewarming as today’s post takes you on a tour thru the new Robert Frost’s Banjo Central. If you’ve been following along here, you know that I’ve been looking for a place of my own since moving to Portland on August 5th; as of this past Saturday, that search reached its end when—with much help from various friends!—all of my earthly belongings were transported across town to my new digs in northeast Portland.
|Living Room w/beloved Harmony archtop|
|More guitars, with couch & dining area!|
|Come on in my kitchen|
& what would a party be without music, right? So I picked two different songs that share the same title: “I Feel Like Going Home.” The more upbeat number is the Muddy Waters’ tune, a 1948 recording featuring his slide guitar work on yet another re-working of the Delta classic “My Black Mama/Walking Blues.” But Waters sure makes the setting his own with a beautiful slide part & his soulful vocal.
|The eponymous banjo & other musical instruments-Chaplin & Bow prints by blogger artist Kate Gabrielle!|
In fact, both of the songs feature truly great singers. The second “I Feel Like Going Home” is by Charlie Rich—& as Tom Waits said in an inspired rhyme, “he sure can sing, that son-of-a-bitch.” The Rich song is sad, resigned—& while finding a place to call home has been a joy for me, I included this song because there’s sadness about this new chapter of my life as well—& a good deal of introspection & considering all the changes of the past several months.