My Music Family: We all need a hero! Doc Watson is Mine!

EVERYONE NEEDS A HERO!


If you've ever heard Doc Watson's music, then you know why he was a hero of mine. 


When my own children were young, we lived in Asheville, NC for seven years, and we often traveled up the road to go hear Doc Watson perform in his home town area. Our whole family would all enjoy singing some of his songs on our car ride home after his show. My children were fascinated with the fact that "Doc" was blind, yet he always came up to us and shook our hands and welcomed us, like old friends! (That was thirty years ago.)
Even these days, I teach the children in my Preschool classroom a square dance that goes along with Doc Watson's recording of "Old Joe Clark." This is always a big favorite with these urban, "tech-savvy" little children who still love to move to the perfect rhythm of Doc Watson's guitar picking!
If you have a chance to read about Doc's life, you may come across the fact that he started playing the harmonica before the age of five! Once again, I am sure he was encouraged as a child to make music around the home. His harmonica playing is one of my fondest memories and still makes me want to fool around on a little harmonica of mine. 



There is one article I found very informative:

Folk music hero Doc Watson, ‘the godfather of all flatpickers,’ passes away at the age of 89

Doc Watson, the blind Grammy-award winning folk musician whose music was embraced by generations and whose lightning-fast style of flatpicking influenced guitarists around the world, died Tuesday at a North Carolina hospital, according to a hospital spokeswoman and his manager. 
He was 89. 
Watson died at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, where he was hospitalized recently after falling at his home in Deep Gap, in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
He underwent abdominal surgery while in the hospital and had been in critical condition for several days. 
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Gone: Doc Watson, the blind Grammy-award winning folk musician, died Tuesday at a North Carolina hospital

Legacy: Watson created Merlefest, an annual musical gathering named for his late son Merle. He is pictured here singing with children at event
Legacy: Watson created Merlefest, an annual musical gathering named for his late son Merle. He is pictured here singing with children at event

Launch: Watson got his musical start in 1953, playing electric lead guitar in a country-and-western swing band. His road to fame began in 1960 when Ralph Rinzler, a musician who also managed Bill Monroe, discovered Watson in North Carolina


This video is a wonderful glimpse of the genuine quality of Doc's music and his renowned ability at flat-picking guitar. The Best!



Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2151961/Doc-Watson-death-Folk-music-hero-godfather-flatpickers-dead-89.html#ixzz1xL3m0IPU


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