Redwing

Ruth Bockelman with my daughter Kirsten in St. Louis Missouri at the annual M.A.M.A Music Festival

Ruth Bockelman with my daughter Kirsten in St. Louis Missouri at the annual M.A.M.A Music Festival

Sharing some of my personal knowledge of Ruth Bockelman that you won’t find Here.

  • She was my Musical Mother.
  • Ruth began teaching me at the age of 9 in 1975 (now you can figure out my age)
  • She just turned 93 in February
  • She taught my daughters how to play guitar and mandolin
  • A personal friend of Mel Bay. He is an icon in writing music books for all kinds of instruments and a great Missourian.
  • In my mid-teen years, she and I opened and closed a live radio program on our local station KDRO. I felt (and still feel) extremely priviledged that she asked me to do this. A huge honor for me personally.
  • She never married or had children
  • She has an excellent green thumb and has plants all over her living room
  • She’ll always show up when invited to a party or family dinner.
  • She wasn’t always a ‘teach at home’ instructor. She’s taught at Shaw Music and Ye Old Piano Shop and probably others I don’t know about.
  • One of our favorite songs to Jam together was “Foggy Mountain Breakdown”. You know when your instrument is tuned (or not) while you are playing that song!!
  • She is a Cancer Survivor

You could say that Ruth Bockelman is my hero!

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3 thoughts on “Redwing

  1. Wow – friend of Mel Bay – We have Mel Bay music books all over our house! (My husband is a band director and I play the flute, autoharp, uke – not well and that’s why I love his books) Ruth is amazing – you all are so fortunate to have her in your lives and visa versa!

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