Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Grandpa Tumblebug: Ode To The EPA

Grandpa Tumblebug wrote a tune several years ago, when an environmental crackdown at the state and federal levels put the pinch on his family’s oil and gas business in West Virginia. Later, when his children bought him time in a nearby studio, Grandpa Tumblebug recorded the song. The focus of his ire was the Environmental Protection Agency.

As a tribute to him -- and at the request of my family -- I am posting the tune online. Click the Audioblog.com graphic to listen to "Ode To The EPA," by Wayne Kerns.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Grandpa Tumblebug: Fun-Loving Fiddler

My grandfather, Wayne Kerns, died during his sleep sometime Saturday night, a few weeks shy of his 80th birthday. Grandpa Tumblebug (my nickname for him) loved to laugh and make others laugh. When I think of him, I will always picture him like this:

Grandpa Tumblebug also loved to strum, sing and fiddle.

That's why our children -- his great-grandchildren -- are learning to appreciate music. "You have to learn to play the violin before you learn to fiddle with it," Grandpa Tumblebug told our son, Anthony. He's already learning "Orange Blossom Special," Grandpa's favorite and mine.

Our daughter, Elli, isn't far behind. She can play "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" now. And as soon as 20-month-old Catie (not pictured) gets out of diapers, she won't be far behind.