Living in the Country


I usually think of Pete Seeger as a banjo player. I learned to play because of him, through no fault of his own, from his book “How To Play The 5-String Banjo.” I highly recommend the book. Just like the author, it’s warm, helpful, funny, and wise.

But he wrote this song on guitar and it’s the first tune I learned on the new guitar I got last week, a Martin DRS-1. It’s a pretty mellow song, at least as I play it, and the video is likewise designed to lower your blood pressure. 

A note on the video: the opening image of sunlight through the trees with fence in the foreground is titled “Sun’s Rays and a Gate” and is the copyrighted work of Terry Winter. You can see more of Terry’s beautiful work on Flickr by following this link:

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 various publications, including Subterranean Blue Poetry, The Journal of Microfiction, and Sick Lit Magazine. 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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