Jeff Davis is a respected collector and interpreter of traditional music. He is also a wonderful friend. He kindly agreed to play one of my favorite songs on the violin at the end of the memorial service for Doug. (You can hear 2 year old Sophie's delightful voice in the background in several places.)
Ashokan Farewell was named for a camp in the Catskill Mountains not far from Woodstock Vermont. It was composed by Jay Unger in 1982, in the style of a Scottish lament. (Doug's mother is Scottish). Read more about the tune.
I first heard Ashokan Farewell on the PBS series "The Civil War." It accompanied a reading of a haunting love letter written by Sullivan Ballou to his wife two weeks before he died in the First Battle of Bull Run. (Read letter.) The song almost seems to reverberate with the heartstrings.
A string quartet played Ashokan Farewell at our wedding as my brother John walked with me down the "aisle" in our backyard, where we were married on September 11, 1999.
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