Smoothin' out the edges
By the time I got home, I just had to make a little music to set myself straight again. I took an Autoharp out to my rocking chair on the porch. A couple of Carter Family tunes quickly put my head back where it belongs and soon all was well with the world. Ah, the power of music! If only more troubles were so easily vanquished.
Mother Maybelle Carter has been an influence on all Autoharp players, your humble driver included. As originally designed, the Autoharp was meant to be sat on a tabletop and strummed. Maybelle Carter played with her Autoharp resting on a small table when she first started performing, but the Autoharp is a very quiet instrument, especially when accompanied by more vocal instruments such as the guitar and banjo. In order for her instrument to be better heard, Mother Maybelle lifted her Autoharp off the table and held it to her chest, helping to direct the sound forward rather than up.
Nowadays, nearly all Autoharp players hold their instrument “Mother Maybelle” style.
Of course, I am a bit biased, but I find Mother Maybelle’s Autoharp music soothes a rough day. Perhaps a few other riders on the Bus could use a little soothing today.