by Delia

Music has played a big part in my life, from the hymns drilled into my head in the children's choir, to rock and roll that grew as I did, to learning about the earlier music - classical, big band, jazz and blues. I have recently been exposed to blue grass music, an American style with Celtic roots.

On Siriusxm Radio's Bluegrass Junction, I was listening to the Track by Track show recently, and the album being discussed was "God Didn't Choose Sides, Volume 1 - Civil War True Stories About Real People"written and performed by well-known Country and Blue Grass artists. This project focuses on the common men and women, North and South, who were affected by the war. During the show, one of the participants described going into museums to study photographs and other items, then researching the stories behind the artifacts. I found the whole idea fascinating since Civil War politics and the statistics of battles and troop movements don't interest me nearly as much as the personal stories of the people involved. The project's website has a section for each song which includes lyrics, historical background of the story that inspired the lyrics, with specific names, photographs and other historical information.

My husband purchased this first of three volumes of the project and the songs are beautiful. What does all this have to do with family history? In this era of when family historians are participating in the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, it's good to know that non-genealogists also feel the pull of history and the urge to tell the stories of those who were involved.