Run for the Roses – A Day at the Races!


This weekend is the 141st Kentucky Derby. That’s a lot of racing, betting, tears, and joy. Also, a lot of horses. 

My Old Kentucky Home   Merle Travis derby6  It’s a beautiful scene – sleek horses, thick rich turf, overflowing stands, blue sky, roses everywhere, big hats, and mint juleps. The anticipation is exhilarating. Hope abounds. Everyone is in it together.

derby10  Stewball   Spider John KoernerMusic has a central part in this celebration. Before the big race, the entire crowd (and it’s a big one) sings Stephen Foster’s, My Old Kentucky Home. Sure, it’s dated and has a couple awful lines that are a product of its time, but it is filled with a sweetness and sentiment that can only grow more so, as the years go by.


Kentucky is also the bluegrass state and you know what that means.

Blue Moon of Kentucky   Bill MonroeMolly and Tenbrooks  Bill Monroe

derby1  I don’t know about you, but I’m excited! I’m betting on every horse in the race; that way I’m sure to be a winner.  

My Old Kentucky Home   University of Kentucky Pep Band
derby5  Call to the Post

About Ted Ringer

I am a writer, artist, and listener. Great music is everywhere and has no limits. Some of it is well-orchestrated and some is short and sweet. It can spring out of a moment of deep feeling or result from long periods of development. Music is communication, inspiration, and a million other things. This blog wants to share the wealth and keep toes tapping.
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