November 14, 2012
Sometimes a freight train goes by in the middle of the night and shakes the houseboats in their moorings and wakes all of us up when the whistle blows.
When this happens, I often skate along the surface of sleep for a while with this beautiful song by Elizabeth Cotten on my mind. Legend has it she wrote it when she was eleven years old.
Photographs, uncredited on this youtube video’s page, are by my dear friend, Michael Mathers. I was surprised to see them with no name attached. The photographs are from his book, Riding the Rails, published by Gambit. So often the digital age shows little respect for this sort of thing.
And yet, speaking of the digital age, it has brought about something quite wonderful for Alice, heading toward her fast as a freight train and carrying a load of fun. More on that soon.
And more about Elizabeth Cotten here.