Dr. Danny Fulks, Bluegrass Professor
Not long ago I came across a book I enjoyed. It was written by a Dr. Danny Fulks. He is a university professor who loves bluegrass, so I guess you are not surprised we were kindred spirits. I have not met him, though I hope to one day, but I loved his book. Not only is he a highly educated man but he understands the beauty and simple truth of traditional music as well as anyone I have read in a while.
It didn’t hurt him any with me that he is a big fan of Wayne and Kristin Scott Benson’s either. He has written a number of articles for Bluegrass Unlimited and did a very nice one on Kristin.
Dr. Fulks strikes me as the type of teacher who takes off his coat, rolls up his sleeves and gets to know his students. He’s not afraid to go eat a hamburger with them and learn all about their fears and dreams. He is the kind of Professor I used to study like crazy for not only because they inspired me but also because I wouldn’t want to disapppoint them for anything. You just can’t let a man down who tries that hard to help you.
Here is a scene from his book. Dr. Fulks, I apologize, it is paraphrased. I had to write it from memory; I gave the book to someone else to read. The story reminded me so much of my high school days I fell in floor with laughter.
Seems a young couple went out parking. The boy kissed the girl and made a suggestion. “You want to get in the back seat?”
The girl said, “No, I think I’ll stay up here with you.”
Lordy, I don’t think I even knew the world had any problems until I was near twenty. These kids had that same kind of innocence you can’t help but love and be nostalgic for.
So Dr. Fulks, thanks for letting me paraphrase your story. Leave my folks a comment so they’ll know where to find your book and read your work, and keep on picking brother. We’ll cross paths on the bluegrass road someday soon.
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