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The difference one day can make.  One day in a t-shirt; the next in the snow.   

I first recorded this song, Captain O’Kane, on a whim.  After a trail run, I was playing Coda as dusk eased into dark.  The Spring peepers (little frogs) sounded so nice that I had to join in, so I knelt in front of a tree, propped my phone against it, and hit record.  The next day, when a refreshing snow took us by surprise, I decided to record it again to show the difference a single day can make.

Today's problems may look a lot different tomorrow!

The tune is attributed to Irish composer Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1738).

Enchant the Forest Videos (ONLY!) / The Star-Spangled Banner
« on: March 24, 2020, 06:49:55 pm »
I was going to record something else, but Covid-19 brought to mind a song from our history about hope, grit, and strength in the face of adversity: our national anthem.  May it remind us to stay strong and to support one another, now more than ever! 

Feeling stuck at home?  Well,  experts says that it's great to get out in nature.  (Just remember the 6-foot social distancing rule. :D)
I know that not all of you have ready access to the outdoors.  I'm grateful to be able to get out into the woods every day to hike, run, and play Coda.  There is nothing quite like losing yourself in a song out amidst the beauty of creation.

Enchant the Forest Videos (ONLY!) / El cóndor pasa
« on: February 05, 2020, 06:40:37 pm »
On vacation in Orlando with the whole family, my wife Susan and I sneaked out for a few minutes on our last day there to make this video. At first, I wasn't going to post it because of nearby highway noise and especially because I rushed this beautiful Peruvian song. (But, hey, we were just off the sidewalk on a busy road, so I was trying to fit my song in before the next guy without a muffler drove by. :) )  In the end, I posted it anyway because these Enchant the Forest videos don't have to be perfect! The important thing is for us to get out there and do it -- and have fun & grow in the process. 

On the bright side, Susan said people walking by gave us warm smiles, and one couple even stopped to give us a nice round of applause.

Besides the video, here's some travel experiences I had with Coda. 

I really enjoyed practicing this song at night in our hotel room using my Coda Silencers. What a beautiful thing! Laying flat on my back after a long day of walking at Disney, playing my heart out -- quietly

Also, the night before I made the video, I went out and sat behind the wheel of the rental minivan to practice. I used earplugs because of the small enclosed area with hard surfaces and had a engaging practice session!  It reminded me of what a great practice studio your car can be in a pinch.   

Finally, I did a lot of silent fingering practice on the plane en route to Orlando.  I took out a book of tunes and hummed the tunes in my head while I happily fingered all the notes without lifting Coda to my mouth or blowing.  This can be surprisingly productive practice.  Anyway, I was seated in the aisle, and a guy one row back was intrigued by what I was doing, so we had a fascinating ;) talk about Coda and our experiences with music.

Introductions / Re: Greetings from New Mexico, USA
« on: January 23, 2020, 11:22:45 pm »
I think I'll start my baby step with an old standby that I've played on the keyboard, ocarina and pennywhistle... in other words, I'm pretty familiar with it. Lol
And the name of the song is...  drum roll, drum roll, drum roll   ??  :)

Some friends invited us over to dinner tonight at their home in the North End of Hartford. (Thank you!) Playing a song out in the middle of the street seemed like the obvious thing to do. 

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Introductions / Re: Greetings from New Mexico, USA
« on: January 23, 2020, 12:21:10 am »
Hi, Carol, it's great to have you here.  Since we spoke earlier in a riotously funny email exchange ;D, and since you asked for accountability >:(, here's a baby step.  Choose and write down the name of just one song that you can imagine yourself playing in an informal outdoor, Enchant the Forest video.  (Of course, you could choose more than one song, thinking about other videos in the future.)  Starting with that one small commitment, then you can use The Two-Minute Method to learn the chosen song in frequent short sessions.  (Whenever you have two minutes, you can play it once or twice.)

Now, I don't know if the idea of making an informal video to share with this accepting group of people is scary or not.    If it is, by committing to a video and then visualizing yourself doing it over time, you'll find that the fear begins to fade. Also, the more you practice the song, the more confident you'll feel.

I doubt I'm saying anything you don't know, but at least I mean well.  Again, welcome to the forum! 

Enchant the Forest Videos (ONLY!) / Frozen Beaver Pond
« on: January 22, 2020, 04:51:48 pm »
I hadn't planned to do this video.  I was running around the woods at lunch time, went out on the ice, and played.  I liked the sound, so I ran back home and grabbed my tripod.

Again, there is something about recording out in nature that feels very forgiving. I encourage some of you to Enchant the Forest: choose a song, practice it everyday for a while, and then try recording it outside.

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Coda News / Re: Join me! And together we can… Enchant the Forest
« on: January 22, 2020, 02:47:24 pm »
Oops, I did an unplanned Enchant the Forest video today.  I was running around the woods at lunch time and I played out on the ice.  It sounded nice, so I ran back and got my tripod.

Coda News / Re: Join me! And together we can… Enchant the Forest
« on: January 21, 2020, 09:04:42 pm »
Happy birthday, Windjammer! 

By the way, I just found a photo that my daughter-in-law took this past Summer of me playing along our trail out in the Enchanted Forest.  That warm sunshine is a far off memory.

And here's where we'll be storing that HUGE :) library of Enchant the Forest videos that we're all going to contribute to over the next year: 

My next 2 ETF videos will probably be uncharacteristic.  I'll try to make a video on a city street in Hartford this Thursday night. Some friends who live in the city invited Susan and me to dinner. They are good sports... Thus, the video. ;D

And then, I hope to make one in the everglades next week when our family leaves the snow behind and heads to Orlando for a week.  I'm thinking of playing El Condor Pasa amidst that lush green.  I'll practice in the hotel with my Silencers.

Anybody planned a video yet?  This doesn't mean that you will do it tomorrow or next week. It only means that you have chosen a song and chosen a place so that now you can warm up to the idea and prepare.

Enchant the Forest Videos (ONLY!) / Ubizmo plays Carolan's Welcome
« on: January 21, 2020, 10:08:04 am »

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Enchant the Forest Videos (ONLY!) / Danny Boy
« on: January 21, 2020, 10:04:26 am »

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Enchant the Forest Videos (ONLY!) / Happy New Year -- Wayfaring Stranger
« on: January 21, 2020, 10:01:35 am »

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General Discussion / How to be notified about our latest content
« on: January 20, 2020, 04:57:14 pm »
Hi, we'll be uploading videos regularly to Youtube, for example, Enchant the Forest videos.

If you'd like to receive notifications when we post a new video, go to the Coda EDC Flutes channel, click the red subscribe button, and then click the bell next to it.

We're also finally beginning to upload content on Facebook. If you'd like FB notifications, like us at

Coda News / Re: Join me! And together we can… Enchant the Forest
« on: January 19, 2020, 03:02:27 pm »
I'm encouraged that a few of you are in so far!  To those of you new to this thread, I'd really appreciate it if you'd read the original post.   I know the post is long, but I really believe this Enchant the Forest idea could help many of us to GROW MUSICALLY (and enjoy sharing together). I play a lot of songs, but as soon as I think about recording a song outside, I get more serious about practicing it and making it my own so that I'll feel relaxed when I make the video.  Each time I do that, I have one more song in my confident, play-anytime repertoire.

Well, we had a morning of snow removal, but I just got away for a bit to do an Enchant the Forest video.  As you can see, low tech, nothing fancy.  The main thing is that I got out there and did it.  And it was fun.  Windy, but absolutely beautiful out in the woods today.   Now all I have to do is figure out a home for our (yours and mine) Enchant the Forest videos -- a place where they can live on the web.

For now, here's a link to Danny Boy:

Hi Mr Karl!  You and Ms Susan are living precisely in what I am looking for in my future retirement home.  My zillow searches are always for homes near national state forests....but my Enchanted Forest must be swimming in frozen creeks for me!  As for the challenge... I'm all in! 8)
(Optional: The 10-Dollar Challenge: Send Karl 10 bucks every time you make a video..... OMG LOL  ;D ;D ;D)
Codaina, I'm thrilled that you're in, but I was dead serious about the 10 bucks. That's my retirement plan. ;) Susan and I have family in rural Georgia.  We'll keep an eye out for your retirement home when we're there, but I think ya'll are a bit young to be talking about retirement.

Coda News / Re: Join me! And together we can… Enchant the Forest
« on: January 17, 2020, 09:58:27 pm »
Sounds good, Windjammer!  I've got a busy day tomorrow, but I'm going to try to make a video playing Danny Boy.  Snow is in the forecast...   Anyone else out there want to join us?

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