Earl Jordan’s Barn [video]

It’s time for another Jordan’s Journey video. Last time I explored some Civil War-era family roots out in Arkansas with my Caney Fork video. That video was a bit longer form than anything else I’ve done here so far and took a more explicitly documentary approach. The video I’m sharing with you today takes us back to Armuchee Valley where I grew up–and I explore memories from my own childhood as opposed to searching out long-dead ancestors.

In the Earl Jordan Barn video I take you on a tour of my grandfather’s barn. This barn was a big part of growing up for me. It’s one of those places that has great emotional resonance and instantly gives me the feeling of “home.” There’s no particular historic significance to the barn. It’s not that old and isn’t even that nice of a barn.

But it was my grandfather’s barn. That’s enough to make it special to me.

I spent a lot of time with my grandfather growing up. He was never the type of man you “hung out” with. He mostly kept to himself, tinkered in the shed, or worked on the tractor. Which, if you know me very well, is a lot like my own personality–except I’m more of a artist/tech geek than a farmer. He had one hell of a sense of humor though; he loved to laugh.

Papa Jordan was the first of my grandparents to die. I remember it well, his lifeless body spread across the hospital bead that night. It may sound sort of gruesome, but I am thankful my parents let me go in to see him before the hospital took his body away. It’s an image that has stuck with me ever since. I don’t mean that in a dark, depressing way. Rather, seeing Papa Jordan like that helped me understand the cycle of life and death. We are born; we die. These things are certain. That’s why it’s so important to make the most of the bits in between, for we never know how long we have left on this earth.

But I digress. Just watch the video so I can show you Earl’s barn. And if you want to learn more about my grandfather, be sure to read about him in the Jordan’s Journey book. He’s a character you won’t want to miss.

As for the video itself, it features an original score by composer Michael Harren. Michael has updated the music he did first for Suttle’s Mill, Concord Road, and Caney Fork. I love how his music evolved out of an initial piano cue into the more fully realized pieces you hear in the later videos. I hope to hear a full-fledged Jordan’s Journey suite in concert one day!

Be sure to leave a comment below and stay tuned for more here on Jordan’s Journey.

6 Responses to “Earl Jordan’s Barn [video]”

  1. Found your blog today on GeneaBloggers. Enjoyed taking a look around and watching the video posted here. You’ve blended your book, video, original music compositions by Michael Harren and commentary on each post quite seamlessly. Best wishes on your project and continued blogging.

  2. Mom says:

    I remember well when the first barn burned. I was at home and my father’s truck was at the barn. His truck caught on fire and in a few minutes all the hay caught fire and it went up in flames. It was frightening. Mother was still at work. When I look out my kitchen window, I remember days gone by. The house is about 77 years old now. We have tried to keep it looking good. That’s the way mother would have wanted it.

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