|Alison Krauss, London, 11/13/11|
When it was all over, the couple next to me and my friend stood and turned to us. The man looked at us very thoughtfully for a moment, then said, "What a wonderful gift your country has given us. Marvelous."
I laughed. "Yes, we get a few things right now and then." What I thought about later was the irony that we wouldn't be able to give the gift of bluegrass if we hadn't first received the gift of British folk music, brought to our shores by migrants with centuries of stories and melodies to share. The best we can do is riff on what has been sung and played before, adding grace notes of thanks for the possibilities handed down to us.