Saw Notes

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Musicians & Makers

A Merry Little Christmas

December 24, 2020

“Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” is one of my favorite Christmas songs. It was written by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane in 1943, and it was one of the most popular songs from the movie Meet Me In St. Louis. It was a huge hit for Judy Garland who […]

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Autumn Leaves and a Pediatrician

November 20, 2020

One of the things I’ve enjoyed about having a blog is learning about all the unexpected places the saw shows up. There are many amateur saw players around the world, in a variety of other professions. I’ve learned about saw playing photographers, actors, ministers, and construction workers. These musicians play […]

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Meeting In The Air

September 25, 2020

Here’s a wonderful song by saw player John King. Mr. King was a missionary who had a full life, sharing his faith around the world. He was an excellent saw player and participated in the New York City Saw Festival in 2009. There are quite a few videos of him […]

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Life On Mars

September 20, 2020

For your listening pleasure, here’s another video of hYrtis playing the lame sonore. She is an exceptional theremin player and you can see many of her theremin  videos on Youtube. She is also one of our favorite saw players at Saw Notes, and here in this video, you can see […]

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Our Saw-Playing Friend, Morgan Cowin

July 15, 2020

Bay Area saw player, Morgan Cowin, has passed away this summer. Morgan was an excellent saw player, photographer, teacher, and friend. He was well-known in the Bay Area folk music community and often gave workshops at folk music festivals. He was the president of the International Musical Saw Association for […]

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Just A Closer Walk

June 13, 2020

The musical saw is a great instrument for hymns. The saw has always been a popular instrument in churches because they are inexpensive and can be carried from place to place. Many an itinerant preacher traveled with a saw. Church music is part of the history of the musical saw. […]

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