Troubadour

Caleb  Hamm

Joined November 2010

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While thrashing through the brush, in search of more firewood, one might pause to gaze through the silhouetted underwood to where gentle melodies sift in and out of the trees on the soft wings of nightfall’s breeze.

Be it the Canadian prairies, west coast or east coast, one may easily witness such a scene. Some nomadic patchwork troubadour that sits down across your campfire and softly strums out an evening’s performance of folk songs.
On such an occasion, I was silently captivated by the way in which the wind and fire played with the chords flowing out from some minstrel’s sound hole. There is a distinct sound that a guitar emanates when beside a fire. I have tried several times to record it, but haven’t yet been successful. Due to the fire’s heat, the sound waves become distorted through the flames. There is almost a warbling, similar to that of old vinyl, which mingles with the fire’s pops and crackles. In addition, sometimes the wind plays with the chords, ushering them in and out of earshot, creating an enchanting environment which compliments, so well, the chiaroscuro of the forest’s towering shadows and warm lit leaves.

17" X 28" Oil on Panel
Manitoba, Canada

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