Neil Gow’s Lament for the Death of his Second Wife: Tune 8 of 52

I’ve been thinking about my mother a lot lately. She passed away 10 years ago this June. And honestly, there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think about her in some way. Although she wasn’t a musician, she introduced me to all kinds of music growing up and supported me throughout my musical journey.

I remember her visiting me in Vermont, likely 20+ years ago. It was winter time and I brought her over to meet my friends, John and Devo. They were musicians that lived down the street at the time and we frequently played music together. I wanted my mother to get a first hand glimpse of my little slice of music heaven here in Vermont.

Devo, John and I played a variety of different genres of music including folk and Celtic music. One tune we played quite frequently was Neil Gow’s Lament for the Death of his Second Wife, because it was such a pretty tune. We played it for my mother that night she visited. She was so touched by it, tears welled up in her eyes as we played. It was a moment I’ll never forget. Not only because it was the first time my music moved someone to tears but the person it moved happened to be the most important person of my life.

Today, as I think of her, I want to play this tune for all of you in celebration of that memory. It’s obviously not a session tune. In fact, it’s not even an Irish tune. It’s a Scottish tune and it’s one that will live in my heart forever.

I hope you like it:

Join me next week for tune #9 (my lucky number) from A Tune A Week. If you have a tune you’d like me to learn, please leave it in the comments and I’ll put it in the queue.

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2 thoughts on “Neil Gow’s Lament for the Death of his Second Wife: Tune 8 of 52

  1. Thank you ….beautiful and made me me think of my Mom as well! PS – Yesterday was a great day for America! So happy to see and hear Biden and Harris speak truth and give us hope!

    Shawn Sullivan

    Classic Ski Tours & Vermont Travel Club Card 802-578-6000 Home mail address

    798 Farm Road

    Fayston, VT 05673


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