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Momma Don't 'Low? is an opt-in only newsletter that is mostly about music topics. Since its beginning, it has supported readers of our music sites, including the,,,, and sites (as shown in the next line):

Heartland-inspired music, history, and acoustic instrument tips.
Best-loved railroad songs and the stories behind them.
Visit musings about music on our sister site, School of the Rock Look to Riverboat Music buyers' guide for descriptions of musical instruments by people who play musical instruments. A page devoted to some of Paul's own music endeavors.

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Sometimes folks do that and forget they did, and sometimes folks do it by accident and wonder why their getting our e-mails.

Whatever the reason, if you're wondering why you got this particular notice, please bear with me a little longer, and hopefully it will make more sense to you.

Subject matter you may have commented on or signed up to learn more about includes:

  • Folk music, including train songs
  • Acoustic instruments that are used in traditional music
  • Contemporary Christian music, including history and performance issues
  • Vintage Saxophones
  • Questions about Christian living
  • History of the National Road
  • Paul Race's own musical endeavors

If that seems like a very wide range of topics to cover in one newsletter, you're right. Some of our sites have grown well beyond their original charter because of reader questions, input, and expressed interests.

We're Changing the Format to Better Serve Your Needs - So far, we've been publishing all of our related music sites' updates in a single e-mail newsletter. But people have signed up for so many different reasons that it has become hard to have something for everybody in each issue. And we certainly don't want to fill your inbox with stuff that you have no interest in.

How We're Changing Things Around - We're splitting the newsletter three ways and letting everyone who is on the list so far sign up for one, two, or all three of the updates they're interested in. We have interesting items to post in all three categories, so if you're still interested in the content you originally signed up to receive, we hope to keep delivering it to you - just in a more focused format.

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How to Stay Subscribed - If you want to subscribe to one or more of the options, simply fill out the short form below and I'll put you on the list(s) you request with minimum hassle to you. Real name, e-mail address, and one or more boxes to check. Period.

In fact, from this point on, I will be making new signups a little harder, to filter out spammers and folks who aren't really that interested in being part of the "club." But everyone getting this in their e-mail has already signed up once, so you just have to let me know if you're still interested.

What are Your Options? - The three different update/newsletter offerings will be:

  • Updates - I haven't started this yet, but it will contain any new content we add about vintage saxophones, especially pre-1967 horns. These will probably come once or twice a year. Between newsletters, I will be trying to post incoming content on an online forum.

  • Updates - This will be a new newsletter to provide updates on the Christian Music and Bible-related topics we have been writing about. CCM fans, CCMers, old Jesus Musicians, Christians struggling with life issues, this would be the newsletter for you. It will probably come out about three times a year. In the meantime, I will be posting incoming content on an online forum.

  • Momma Don't Low - This newsletter will continue to be the conduit for the following information:

    • New articles about acoustic instruments, especially instruments that are part of the Folk tradition
    • Information about music performance and careers in music
    • Information about my (Paul's) music, including concert schedules, music releases, etc.
    • Links to new Classic Train Songs when they are posted
    • Links to new lessons as they are posted

    For this newsletter we will try to go back to an every-couple-of-months schedule. By the way, there's an online forum for this one, too.

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More to Come

If you've spent any time on any of our music sites, you know that we have a lot of topics to share about so we will be trying to get back on a regular schedule soon.

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Paul Race playing a banjo. Click to go to Paul's music home page.Whatever else you get out of our pages, I hope you enjoy your music and figure out how to make enjoyable music for those around you as well.

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Visit our other pages:
- Music -
Heartland-inspired music, history, and acoustic instrument tips.
Best-loved railroad songs and the stories behind them.
Visit musings about music on our sister site, School of the Rock With a few tools and an hour or two of work, you can make your guitar, banjo, or mandolin much more responsive.  Instruments with movable bridges can have better-than-new intonation as well. Resources for learning Folk Music and instruments quickly Check out our article on finding good used guitars.
Carols of many countries, including music, lyrics, and the story behind the songs. X and Y-generation Christians take Contemporary Christian music, including worship, for granted, but the first generation of Contemporary Christian musicians faced strong, and often bitter resistance. Different kinds of music call for different kinds of banjos.  Just trying to steer you in the right direction. New, used, or vintage - tips for whatever your needs and preferences. Wax recordings from the early 1900s, mostly collected by George Nelson.  Download them all for a 'period' album. Explains the various kinds of acoustic guitar and what to look for in each.
Look to Riverboat Music buyers' guide for descriptions of musical instruments by people who play musical instruments. Learn 5-string banjo at your own speed, with many examples and user-friendly explanations. Explains the various kinds of banjos and what each is good for. Learn more about our newsletter for roots-based and acoustic music. Folks with Bb or Eb instruments can contribute to worship services, but the WAY they do depends on the way the worship leader approaches the music. A page devoted to some of Paul's own music endeavors.
- Trains and Hobbies -
Free building projects for your vintage railroad or Christmas village.
Visit Lionel Trains. Click to see Thomas Kinkaded-inspired Holiday Trains and Villages. Big Christmas Train Primer: Choosing and using model trains with holiday themes Building temporary and permanent railroads with big model trains Click to see HO scale trains with your favorite team's colors.
- Christmas Memories and Collectibles -
Visit the FamilyChristmasOnline site. Visit Howard Lamey's glitterhouse gallery, with free project plans, graphics, and instructions. Click to return to the Old Christmas Tree Lights Table of Contents Page Click to sign up for Maria Cudequest's craft and collectibles blog.
Click to visit Fred's Noel-Kat store.
Visit the largest and most complete cardboard Christmas 'Putz' house resource on the Internet.
- Family Activities and Crafts -
Click to see reviews of our favorite family-friendly Christmas movies. Free, Family-Friendly Christmas Stories Decorate your tree the old-fashioned way with these kid-friendly projects. Free plans and instructions for starting a hobby building vintage-style cardboard Christmas houses. Click to find free, family-friendly Christmas poems and - in some cases - their stories. Traditional Home-Made Ornaments