Chisholm Trail – Past and Present is now on YouTube!

Chisholm Trail – Past and Present is a documentary about the 2017 cattle drive to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail. It is produced, directed and edited by Amanda Ball and Donald J. Krejsek.

There are a lot of behind the scenes stories and still photographs on this blog. Search the September 2017 archives.

Don and I had a blast out on the trail. We are thrilled and honored to be included in this slice of history.

The list of drovers can be found at the movie’s IMDB page.

When you are a filmmaker, you have to make many, many decisions. One of the decisions was…what do we do about the music?

Do you use old time songs that are in the public domain? Do you record new material but make them sound old? Do you use entirely new modern material? I was discussing this with my Dad, and he said, “All I can think of is Momma’s song.”

My grandmother, Mattie Belle Keenon Ball, passed away in 1979. When my Dad was in Vietnam in the 1960s, he purchased two early model reel to reel tape recorders. He took one overseas. The other he gave to his parents. They used these early tape machines to send letter tapes back and forth. Only one of these tapes survived. And on this tape, both my Granny and my Granddad talked and told my Dad stories. On this tape, my grandmother sang the song to my Dad that she had sung to him when he was a boy.

“When the work’s all done this fall.” The song itself is in the public domain. The fact that we have this recording that was made by my grandmother, over 50 years ago, makes my heart runneth over. (And makes my eyes puddle up.)

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