September 08, 2012

My favourite music 2: The Lakes of Pontchartrain

I chanced upon The Lakes of Pontchartrain during my search for another piece of music. This is an Irish ballad about an unfortunate immigrant from Ireland who is given shelter by a beautiful woman, Louisiana Creole. He falls in love with her and asks her to marry him, but she is already promised to a sailor and declines the offer. The song is named for and set on the shores of the major estuarine waterbodies of the Pontchartrain Basin. Lake Pontchartrain forms the northern boundary of New Orleans. 

This piece, however, is instrumental. I find the tune very pleasant and soothing.

The instrument on which this has been played on is called the Weissenborn guitar. According to Wikipedia, The Weissenborn is a brand of lap slide guitar manufactured by Hermann Weissenborn in Los Angeles in the 1920s and 1930s. These instruments are apparently now highly sought after. It is estimated that fewer than 5,000 original instruments were produced, and it is not known how many now survive.

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