Doug Berch

Dulcimer Maker And Musician

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Month: November 2013

Music I’d Like To Hear #67

Music I'd Like To Hear #67


Follow Up To “A Personal Note”

It seems appropriate to be writing this post on Thanksgiving.

In a previous post I had mentioned I was having a second back surgery on November 14th. The surgery went well. There were no complications and recovery has been going much easier than it did the last time around.

The nursing staff was exceptional as were the students working with them. They clearly cared about people and had chosen the right profession. 

I am resting a lot, going for short walks, and doing exercises I was given in physical therapy.

Here I am performing one of the more challenging exercises:

I will feel so much better when this is over!

It will be several more weeks before I can start slowly easing into a little work in the shop. People waiting for instruments have been very patient and supportive. 

My current abundance of unstructured time has provided an opportunity to think through design changes and methods of work. I am looking forward to trying them out.

I’ve been able to play mountain dulcimer and new ideas are springing up; a little more counterpoint is finding it’s way into my playing. I’m also arranging some new pieces and revisiting some old ones.

I’ll be playing a contra dance this coming weekend with “Oh! Contraire.” We are all good friends and I’m looking forward to getting out for an evening playing a gig with them. I’m not up to playing hammered dulcimer yet so I’ll be playing tinwhistle for the night.

I want to thank all of you who have written and shared your love and support as well as those of you who sent love and support silently.

Life is good.

Be well.


Doug Berch & Dulcimer Makers

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