Thanks Cat. Excellent post. I will seek out Libby Cotton. Dato
Catalina, thanks for writing about Elizabeth Cotten. Freight train is one of the first tunes I learned to play fingerstyle. There’s a good video on YouTube of her playing that song. Amazing. Open D tuning.
Fantastic posts today, Catalina, DROI, Robert, John Baird, and others. Thanks for enriching my day with your writing, thinking, and feeling.
Dbd: There is a good interview of Rita Felski in the :Los Angeles Review of Books at https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/passionate-affinities-a-conversation-with-rita-felski/ I like what she is doing to mix up the authority of critique–like who’s authority–depending on my “mood” and “disposition”- which isn’t very scholarly. I personally like fissures.
“We must risk delight. We can do without pleasure,
but not delight.” – Jack Gilbert
Roger, I did not delineate the clause in my sentence properly today 1/14/22. As I spelled out on my OTP 1/10/22, Cotten plays “Freight Train” with her guitar in standard configuration, tuned down a whole step (low to high: DGCFAD). If you use light-gauge strings—or don’t feel like tuning down—one can play the song in standard tuning which is probably what you learned EADGBE using the first position C, G, E chords and the F barre chord. She did many other songs in open tunings such as Sebatopol tuning. DADF#AD and Spanish Fandang in open G, which is DGDGBD. It is great that her songs have been video taped and documented.