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Rebecca Zapen — Colorado
Album: Nest
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5.6

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Total ratings: 689









Released: 2011
Length: 3:04
Plays (last 30 days): 1
I put a chunk of faith in you
You ended up in Colorado
I used to ask you what to do
I've learned it's best to lead, not follow.
With teeth of corn and hair of twine
I was living in my brother's shadow
Do what you're told, just be a girl
And on the wall my name is burning
I'm stronger than I ever knew
Far weaker than I'd ever fathomed
Lord let my path in life be true
Lord give me signs that I can follow
And love the space you're in today
Because room to grow is awfully hollow
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 chachi wrote:

Violins and fiddles are not the same thing.

Violins have strings, while fiddles have strangs.
 

 Proclivities wrote:


She apparently considers herself a violinist; she is classically trained as one and has played with orchestras as well as playing with jazz groups.  A violin and a fiddle are the same instrument; some "fiddles" may have modified bridges to facilitate the playing styles, but it is still a violin.  As you point out, it is the style with which they are played which can differentiate the two words.  More broadly, a "fiddle" means any stringed instrument which is played with a bow.
 
Violins and fiddles are not the same thing.

Violins have strings, while fiddles have strangs.
Nice Americana tune. Well worth a 7 for me. Besides, I believe she's holding a baritone ukulele on the cover. Aloha!
Pretty good imho. A kind of old fashioned Appalachian sound to my ear. I see a need for music like this to be presented and preserved.
Saw Rolling Thunder Revue yesterday and Scarlet Rivera was awfully good with a violin.
Not working today, will try to listen another time...
 Proclivities wrote:


She apparently considers herself a violinist; she is classically trained as one and has played with orchestras as well as playing with jazz groups.  A violin and a fiddle are the same instrument; some "fiddles" may have modified bridges to facilitate the playing styles, but it is still a violin.  As you point out, it is the style with which they are played which can differentiate the two words.
 

A violin has strings. A fiddle has strangs.
Love it. Very mournful :)  https://www.zapen.com
 bitbanger wrote:

I think you got it right the first time.

Regina Carter, Hilary Hahn, and Joshua Bell are violinists. Zapen is fiddling. Difference could be the distinctly "folk" roots of her approach. It has an untutored/primitivist feel. I don't see this is a judgement of quality but an assessment of style.

That being said, I really like her playing, it has some serious soul and depth.

IMHO, of course.
 

She apparently considers herself a violinist; she is classically trained as one and has played with orchestras as well as playing with jazz groups.  A violin and a fiddle are the same instrument; some "fiddles" may have modified bridges to facilitate the playing styles, but it is still a violin.  As you point out, it is the style with which they are played which can differentiate the two words.  More broadly, a "fiddle" means any stringed instrument which is played with a bow.
I like this!{#Bananajumprope}
{#Stop}
 ckcotton wrote:
Oh my...

How long does this go on for? 

 
3:04 {#Wink}
 xtalman wrote:

Replying to myself...

I stand corrected, according to her website she is a violinist. 

Either way it still is excellent.

 
I think you got it right the first time.

Regina Carter, Hilary Hahn, and Joshua Bell are violinists. Zapen is fiddling. Difference could be the distinctly "folk" roots of her approach. It has an untutored/primitivist feel. I don't see this is a judgement of quality but an assessment of style.

That being said, I really like her playing, it has some serious soul and depth.

IMHO, of course.
One day I marked this an '8'.  Today I can't think it's anything more than a 2.  Do I stay with it after these first three minutes and hope it gets better?  Well, it just ended while I was writing this comment and it did not improve in any way.  Down to a '1'.  What was I thinking?!?
World class ankle/calf (even before the photo distortion) and the music hain't bad either.


 jhorton wrote:
.... West Twit, County Bollocks. ....

 
Sounds like a lovely location.  Speaking of odd names, we've got a Cock Road here ...
 Proclivities wrote:

True, much of the difference is how they're played and how the bow is held.  They are essentially the same instrument, but they are often set up differently.  Fiddles will often have a shorter bridge with less of a curvature, so that the player can more easily bow more than one string at a time (double stops) without having to excessively change the angle of the bow..  A classical violin will usually have a taller and more curved bridge.  Or at least that's what violinists and/or fiddlers have told me.

 
The things you learn on RP....

My parents tried to get me to take lessons when I was very young because tests I showed that I had the aptitude.   I did not enjoy holding the instrument so I dropped it after 6 weeks.   Took up the clarinet instead.
 AvoidingWork wrote:
I believe the violin and fiddle are the same instrument.  The name depends on how you play it.  Classical -> Violin, Folk -> Fiddle.

Either way, I like the song.

 
True, much of the difference is how they're played and how the bow is held.  They are essentially the same instrument, but they are often set up differently.  Fiddles will often have a shorter bridge with less of a curvature, so that the player can more easily bow more than one string at a time (double stops) without having to excessively change the angle of the bow..  A classical violin will usually have a taller and more curved bridge.  Or at least that's what violinists and/or fiddlers have told me.
Oh my...

How long does this go on for? 
I believe the violin and fiddle are the same instrument.  The name depends on how you play it.  Classical -> Violin, Folk -> Fiddle.

Either way, I like the song.
 xtalman wrote:

You mean fiddle?

 

Very nice vocals and the fiddle is very haunting.



 
Replying to myself...

I stand corrected, according to her website she is a violinist. 

Either way it still is excellent.
 jhorton wrote:
So beautiful!

This one really goes right back to the roots of American music-Irish/Scottish, even Newfoundlander. I can imagine hearing this some cold and rainy night at some nameless pub in West Twit, County Bollocks. Peat burns my throat, malt and hops soothe it.

  
Which is probably why I very unexpectedly, really like it. She doesn't have this emphasizing "ethereal" way, which seems to have become a trademark of the female singers on this genre, that immediately makes me hit the psd button.
Thank you @jhorton


Lovely...traditional old sound. Never heard of her before. 
 jhorton wrote:
So beautiful!

This one really goes right back to the roots of American music-Irish/Scottish, even Newfoundlander. I can imagine hearing this some cold and rainy night at some nameless pub in West Twit, County Bollocks. Peat burns my throat, malt and hops soothe it.

 
That may very well be, but doesn't make it more listenable to me. Sorry, sucko-barfo.
Reminiscent of Fairport Convention 
"Scrape, scrape, scrape - never a tune ye can dance to."
So beautiful!

This one really goes right back to the roots of American music-Irish/Scottish, even Newfoundlander. I can imagine hearing this some cold and rainy night at some nameless pub in West Twit, County Bollocks. Peat burns my throat, malt and hops soothe it.
Suspect this was "yer shudda bin there" music.
lovely ole timey singer
 pamorama wrote:
Beautiful! Thought it was Sandy Denny at first!
More of her please.

 
Exactly my thought. I like it. 
 meauclaire wrote:
It's hillbilly jazz..........going in all different directions and none of them good.

 
ha!
 meauclaire wrote:
It's hillbilly jazz..........going in all different directions and none of them good.

 
Agreed. I LOVE the violin and ABHOR the fiddle...go figure...
Florida girl knows her music and writes some fine and varied music. A very worthy discovery. Thanks RP.
It's hillbilly jazz..........going in all different directions and none of them good.
{#Daisy}
Her voice and the old-style arrangement got my ears!  I do Love the space I'm in today, thanks to RP and local scenery -- and greenery!
Needs more sprinkler.
YOU GOT MY ATTENTION. 8
Colorado?  Sounds more like Appalachian North Carolina or Kentucky hillbilly.  Of course, that means I like it a lot.
Very nice!
I think this is beautiful!! And haunting.
Terrible follow up to golden earing.... Totally lost the Friday am vibe
 
 Antigone wrote:

You mean the violin?

 

You mean fiddle?

 

Very nice vocals and the fiddle is very haunting.


Lord let my path in life be true
Lord give me signs that I can follow
And love the space you're in today
Because room to grow is awfully hollow
 ch83575 wrote:

I tried this on Spotify.  This song is completely different from her others, and in my opinion much better.  I didn't get much out of most of her jazzy stuff.
 

Interesting...

this song is soooo gorgeous...  love it...
 
This Georgia boy approves all hillbilly music.
i second that. That last piece was lovely.
LOVING the quasi-Appalachian theme! That's why I love RP!
 
I couldn't get into this on my first listen, just now.  Maybe it was the placement in the playlist, following up in 
Gomez, Neko Case, and Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter.

When heard the first few notes, I was thinking, "alright, Steve Earle".  Obviously, this song goes in a completely different direction, lol. 
 Lazarus wrote:

Wow...  this is really nice...  gonna have to check out more of Rebecca Zapen...
 

 
I tried this on Spotify.  This song is completely different from her others, and in my opinion much better.  I didn't get much out of most of her jazzy stuff.

Wow...  this is really nice...  gonna have to check out more of Rebecca Zapen...
 
Beautiful! Thought it was Sandy Denny at first!
More of her please.
 DanO-1 wrote:

Me too.

 
Same here. Just stopped everything to listen.
 bitbanger wrote:
Nice fiddle.

 
Dude... awesome username!  I had to develop a bitbanged I2C library in assembly for an old HC11 in school, good times.

And for the fiddle... that too is awesome. 
.... at some point this goes quickly from intense to just too f-ing much. PSD.
I like her voice and tone, but I can't take the drone and squeak of the music.
 expatlar wrote:
I like it. I found myself stopped at what I was doing and listening intently. Gripping.
 
Me too.
Hmmm.. that stuff sounds so familiar..
 spigolli wrote:
Such a sweet voice, although the raspy bagpipe sound chafes my eardrums.
 
You mean the violin?
Nice fiddle.
Such a sweet voice, although the raspy bagpipe sound chafes my eardrums.
I like it. I found myself stopped at what I was doing and listening intently. Gripping.