Why I Love the Music

        When I see a young man in his Sunday best sing harmony with a beautiful young woman whose eyes sparkle as she shakes the rafters and sings out her soul, when I hear complex chords underpin simple truth, when funny dobro men tell country stories and serious banjo pickers play to perfection, and when an almost baby-faced young’un bows sweet fiddle tunes, I know why I love this music.

        In my work, I see a lot of bad things. Some of it is near unspeakable.  Once the music starts the people who play it allow me to forget all that at least for a little while.  There it is all beauty and truth and peace.  I pray for the heard-hearted who do not find even a few stolen moments of tranquility in this otherwise troubled world.

        Between the Good Lord and the music I can see another day through.

Dr. B

See pictures of the show at www.tedlehmann.blogspot.com.  I can’t find the right words today to say it all today, but I will over time.

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12 Comments on “Why I Love the Music”

  1. Billy Says:

    Ted’s photos are so good you can almost hear the music. The audience tells the story. When you are have a sold out event and you don’t see one coat and tie — you know it is your kind of crowd and music.

  2. drtombibey Says:


    I am blessed beyond belief and have very few personal troubles.

    However as a doc I am in the trouble business and have seen it all twice.

    These kids let me forget all that for a while without turning to drugs or booze to deal with it.

    That is why I have to have art, both music and writing. Otherwise I am so intense I would have already blown a gasket.

    Dr. B

  3. jessie Says:

    For over 2 and a half hours last night I saw what you were talking about in some of your stories. Darin and brooke put on maybe 1 of the top 2 or 3 shows i ever saw in my life. ( I’m 49 ) so I have seen alot of shows. The whole show was worth the waiting in line the whole experience was priceless. I’d pay triple the $$ tonight to see it all again. I am a fan for life !

  4. newt221 Says:

    Bless you Doctor B. You describe it perfectly. The beautiful stuff that is there helps to heal after seeing all the bad stuff that can and does happen.

    I used to love to hear the “music” in the woods by sitting on the porch with good ole Ranger D and hearing the symphony from the bugs, the frogs, and the birds….wonderful

    • drtombibey Says:


      That is indeed beautiful music. There’s a reason dog is man’s (and woman’s) best friend. They love good music too.

      Dr. B

  5. Smitty Pres of Neuse River Mississippi Says:

    Doc,sounds like the first of several great shows to be performed.

    I like the statement about how bluegrass music gives the truth, beauty and peace to life. I was talking to a elderly man who was setting us up for gig and I was asking about his health. He stated that it was slowly getting worse but if that all it was doing he would be fine for a while. He then went into how the bluegrass family helped more in his time of need than his church family. I told him I could understand that. We performed last night and I usually tell the crowd that if you forgot your trouble for a little while, got little closer to God or had a need met by a song then we have done our kingdom work.

    Hope all is well on the previous article. Kill with kindness,try to explain the situation to the person later or just bite your tongue.

    I have got a couple of stories to tell you sometime, I got to witness over Christmas holiday, one involve a 1980’s town car, two small elder people and a broke hoe handle.

  6. Smitty Pres of Neuse River Mississippi Says:

    Doc one other thing,do you remember me asking you to help me find a song, finally found the song after several weeks of looking. Nothin’ Fancy was the band…Fly with Me Angel

    • drtombibey Says:


      Cool. Nothing Fancy is one of Ted Lehmann’s favorites.

      I agree with you about the bluegrass family. Around here we are all thick as thieves.

      Darin and Brooke had a great show. Some of the Nashville crowd says a few cuts on the new CD have a chance to cross over to country radio. I know it is an outside chance, but these kids might hit the bluegrass lottery.

      Keep your fingers crossed for them. You are part of their bluegrass extended family too.

      Oh and the kindness sure enough did work. I do okay if someone tries to take advantage of me but if it is one of my friends, I can get pretty worked up and have to work hard to keep my cool.

      Dr. B

  7. TC Conner Says:

    “Between the Good Lord and the music I can see another day through.”

    Couldn’t have said it any better!

    • drtombibey Says:


      Musicians always see it the same way, huh?

      I think if everybody got hooked on music they’d be too busy playing to fight.

      Dr. B

  8. You sound moved. I love the way music can make us feel something so profound that we can’t really describe it. Music can climb through your bones into your heart and soul if you let it, and live music does that especially well. Beautiful post, Dr. B.

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