The title of this post and the song I played this past January at the Folk Music Center in Claremont was inspired by Huck Finn and the times I spent on the Mississippi River during summers we visited relatives in Illinois. My uncles had nets and boxes on the river,which is what we always called it: "the river." To my friends, "the river" was the Colorado. But to me, the river was always the Mississippi. Going out on the river was always a high point of our trip. In this song, I tried to create a piece of music that embodied all that. Cairo is the place where the Ohio and the Mississippi meet, where it all comes together.
I play it a little fast here. I was nervous. Yes, still. And I still try to keep the song going with my mouth. I don't know, maybe it works. This does seem to be the first time, I actually have fun. And when I get up, I don't look at the microphone like it said something I didn't like.
Hope you enjoy.