I Double-Dog Dare Ya!

I double-dog dare ya to keep your feet still!

Have you ever tried to keep your feet still while listening to banjo and fiddle music? It’s almost impossible! I love down-home, toe-tapping, foot-stomping, knee-slapping, hip-swinging, hand-clapping, finger-snapping, get up and dance music!

My three favorite groups are:

Leahy (Canadian)
Runrig (Scottish)
The Charlie Daniels Band (Southern)

Nobody can play “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” like the Charlie Daniels Band, or The Orange Blossom Special. I double-dog dare ya to keep your feet still!

Listen with your heart,

Laurie Buchanan

Whatever you are not changing, you are choosing.”
               – Laurie Buchanan

Copyright © 2010 Laurie Buchanan — All Rights Reserved.

17 thoughts on “I Double-Dog Dare Ya!

    • Kim – My very wet toes are tappin’ this morning as I read you comment. It’s raining pitch forks and little green frogs here in Crystal Lake. As you’re only one town over, I’m sure you’re enjoying the same welcome downpour.

  1. Ha! Anybody that’ll take a dare will suck eggs…or that’s what I’ve been told! Of course, that may have been to keep me from throwing big rocks at hornet nests or jumping off the roof to see if I could fly. I’m with you 100% on the music, you got to have a fiddler in the band. Throw in your banjo and a mandolin and have yourself a party! My Dad sang with the Orangemen, a Southern Gospel Bluegrass band for almost 20 years. When they played they lifted the congregation off the pews and into the aisles, clapping and singing, sometimes a buck and wing. When they played “I’ll Fly Away ( oh, Glory! I’ll fly away in the morning) you waited for the roof to open and folks to jump for the sky in sheer exuberance and joy of it! Their last CD was called “At the Crossroads”, you’d remember the song from the movie “Oh, Brother, Where Art Thou” with George Clooney, and when they would go into that the smiles would spread from face to face. Yep, I sure do love my Bluegrass.

    • Sandi – That’s cool about your dad!

      Many, many years ago I heard a group called Gabriel’s Horn play “I’ll Fly Away” — it was performed at a huge convention center in Portland, Oregon. Lordy, I thought the building was going to crumble from all the stompin,’ clappin,’ hootin,’ and carryin’ on by the very large audience!

  2. Pardon my mistake, that was Angel Band from the movie soundtrack. It is also one of their best and favorite songs and all the Orangemen who pass on have it played at their service.

  3. Devil went down to Georgia, but he couldn’t play that fiddle as well as…who was it? I love that song too. I can see you tapping your feet and listening to good music. Sounds wonderful.

    • Kathy – It was Johnny. Here’s a little snippet:

      Johnny you rosin up your bow and play your fiddle hard.
      ‘Cos hells broke loose in Georgia and the devil deals the cards.
      And if you win you get this shiny fiddle made of gold.
      But if you lose, the devil gets your soul.

  4. Hi Laurie

    I remember listening to the Charlie Daniels Band live at Nambassa (an alternative festival held near Waihi, New Zealand) in about 1981. It was without doubt the best fiddle playing I have ever heard. Amazing!!!

    They did dueling banjos and quite a few other classics as well.


    Strange, how Pink Floyd can be my favourite band, yet I can enjoy such diverse music. The Cello player from ELO (Macdonald I think) was another absolutely superb musician.

    • Ted – An alternative festival … how cool is that?! I’ll never, ever, forget “Dueling Banjos” from the movie Deliverance. From Pink Floyd to bluegrass, to cello — you do enjoy a wide brushstroke of music. I hope you do a lot of dancing and toe tapping as you listen to it. I usually use the steering and part of the dashboard as my drums when I have a CD playing in the car 🙂

  5. Laurie, my sister-in-law has been learning to play the fiddle and is getting pretty darn good at it. Needless to say, our visits to Alberta always include impromptu fiddle concerts and her version of much of the music you enjoy. She started playing when she was 52 and just loves it. Says it keeps her brain flexible and young! She’s now 57 and retired and there is no holding her back….she loves her fiddle. And we love her music!

    • Colleen – How darn cool is that about your sister-in-law?! And she started at 52 (my current age). I’m extremely impressed. An “impromptu fiddle concert” sounds like a great prescription for whatever ails a person. That toe-tappin’ music would fix a person right up! I’m so glad you stopped by and left a comment, thank you.

      • Just think of things we can learn in our 50’s! If Colleen’s sister-in-law only started at 52, we can do ANYTHING! The world is ours! I have a friend–Dave, the one who shared the bread recipe–who is starting architect school. And he’s in his 60’s. I love this inspiration!

      • Amen SiSTAR! Kathy, I didn’t finish my PhD until moments before my 50th birthday. My girlfriend’s husband, Norman, is in his 60’s and he’s just started law school. He wants to live his dream, and Lori (his wife), said GO FOR IT! Age is the Rage!

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