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Big Harp: Married Bandmates Tour With Their Kids

Big Harp.

Very few people have what it takes to walk out your front door, throw your guitar or drum sticks in the back of the van, climb inside, and just go.

The romance of being a touring musician has always been there, practically everyone who has ever bought an LP or a CD has daydreamed about ditching their books or their day jobs for a life lived out on road. But, when it comes down to it, most folks just never even come close.

The commitment and dedication is too much for most.

And the road itself eats the weak and the soft.

Still, every year thousands of Americans, young and old, head out toward the horizon with a dream in their hearts and a bunch of songs in their heads. It’s part of what makes the free world so cool; we can actually chase down art and pure liberty if we really want to, if we’ve really got the guts instead of just dreaming about it all of the time.

Hearing a story on NPR the other day about a band called Big Harp made me glad to know that that certain breed of people are still out there, still chugging along and playing music to whoever will listen in backwater podunks and big magic cities all over this great land. Listening to the the two leaders of the band, husband and wife, Stefanie Drootin-Senseny and Chris Senseny, talk about their own desire to make music and their need to play it out in the world made me really happy that, once upon a silvery moon, I was one of those who chose that same path over a lot of other ones.

They helped me realize that even though I might have set myself up for a better financial future or whatever the hell it is that people start planning for when  they’re 21 year-old college grads, nothing could ever replace the experiences I had for the better part of 13 years of life in a band on the road.

Big Harp is sort of unique amongst touring acts in that, these days when it’s time to load up the van and hit the road, they hit it with Hank and Twila, their toddler son and daughter.

As someone who toured quite a lot, and someone who knows that every Tom, Dick, and Harriet has an opinion about everything these days, let me just say that I’d bet you forty jelly doughnuts and a can of Bud that these married musicians are probably raising two kids who will have one of the most enchanted, interesting upbringings of their generation.

Think about it.

These kids, they’re not being ‘raised on the highway’; smaller bands rarely tour for months one end anymore, because the expenses ultimately outweigh the meager take. But the things these kids will see when they are along for the ride, the people they will meet and the parts of America that they will lay their young eyes on will more than likely add up to something enormously powerful and valuable as they grow older.

I don’t know, I just think it takes a lot of balls and hope and patience and love to chase your dreams down in America in 2013.

And so when I see a family doing it together, I root like hell for ‘em.

Because, believe it or not, the people out there blasting down the interstate with their guitars and their drum kits: they are the last of the mountain men, the last of the old-school cowboys, and the dreamers, and the inventors, and the pioneers, and the hobos all rolled into one.

And once they’re gone, they’re gone for good.

 

Big Harp’s new album Chain Letters will be released January 22nd on Saddle Creek Records.

Image: heymouser.com

Video: YouTube/SXSW

Info: NPR

 

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You can also find Serge on his personal blog, Thunder Pie.

And on Facebook and Twitter.

Keep up with Babble.com on Facebook.

More from Serge:

Onward and Upward: One Year After Our Family’s House Fire

Incredible Food Art!

Dear Old Man, Screw You: A Father’s Open Letter To Wintertime

Conversations With a Three Year Old: A Trip to the Santa Claus Shop

The Keys To the Kingdom of Everything: Why I’m Really Thankful To Be a Dad (PHOTOS)

 

 

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