Postcards From the Crater

by John Goodin

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Postcards From the Crater takes its title from the recent discovery that Decorah, Iowa, and much of the surrounding countryside, sits on the site of a huge meteor impact crater, created nearly a half billion years ago. The titles of the individual Postcards come from places of special significance to me within our crater neighborhood.

For over 25 years I have been enjoying the music composed by James Oswald in the middle of the 18th century. Even before I knew his name I had learned to play his "Flowers of Edinburgh" as a "traditional" fiddle tune and the three divertimentos for "2 guittars or 2 mandelins" which were published as anonymous works in 1982 by Plucked String Inc. and edited by Neil Gladd.

As I came to know more of Oswald's work I often found myself writing "new" music clearly inspired by Oswald's love of melody and simplicity. In January 2016, while working on a mandolin-oriented edition of Oswald's own 12 Divertimentis for the Guittar for Mel Bay, I began writing some short pieces intentionally modeled after Oswald's approach.

These Postcards From the Crater follow Oswald in being purposely accessible to the amateur musician. Each of the Postcards contains three short sections. Oswald would freely re-use tunes in his own work and I have also adapted a few of my older tunes for individual movements. One entire piece, here entitled "Dug Road," is a solo version of a piece previously published as "Divertimento in G" in my Midwestern Mandolin Duos book from 2010. The great majority of these notes, however, were written in 2016 and most of these pieces were road tested during my monthly solo mandolin gigs here in Decorah.

In late 2016 I recorded demo quality versions of these pieces and posted them piecemeal on my So Many Tunes blog (somanytunes.blogspot.com). In the Spring of 2018 I decided to make new, higher quality recordings of the pieces so that I could more easily share the full collection.

A tunebook of the pieces in this collection is available from my Mandotopia website at this link: www.mandotopia.com/Postcards.html

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released July 11, 2019

Recorded at home in Decorah, Iowa in the Spring of 2018 using a very nice Collings MTO mandolin with Thomastik strings.

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John Goodin Decorah, Iowa

John Goodin has played guitar and mandolin for decades. He writes fiddle tunes and pieces for mandolin orchestra, has published music books and recorded several CDs. He performs around the country with the contra dance band Contratopia and locally with fiddler Erik Sessions and the Scandinavian-American band Foot-Notes, among others. ... more

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