Tripping Up The Stairs

I’d like to admit up front that this was a perfectly fine tune when I met it and it wasn’t hurting anybody.

I learned it as “Tripping Up The Stairs” from Bucky Reed’s excellent site for people interested in learning how to play such things. The tabs from his site are below the video if you’re so inclined. Because it’s an Irish song, it most likely has a dozen other names, depending on who claims they wrote it. A word of warning: if you claim to have written it, you better be from Donegal.

It was still a fine song as I was learning it, but somewhere between the mandolin and the flanger I think I strayed a wee bit from the straight and narrow. I’ll say this about it: it’s short. The photographs and drawings (saints preserve us) in the video are my own.



Part A

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Published by mikepowernyc

Named one of New York's Best Emerging Poets 2019, my poetry chapbook The New Normal was published by Analog Submission Press. My novel The Zoo was published by Cacoethes Publishing House. Other poems and short stories have appeared in Subterranean Blue Poetry, The Journal of Microfiction, and Sick Lit Magazine, among others. Other works include a staged reading of my play Digging Up John Barrymore, performed by Dreamcatcher Entertainment, and five albums of original music recorded with my band Late Model Humans.

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