(Jody Stecher/Vegetiboy Music BMI) 

On my 73rd birthday, I awoke at dawn having had a lovely dream about meeting some ancient musicians. They each looked to be several hundred years old. Their race was impossible to determine as their faces seemed to contain all nations. They made fabulous music and when anything  happened they would intone, as a charm or spell, the word “perfik”.  Then they would laugh heartily. It reminded me a bit of Joseph Spence. They played fiddles and small rugged 8-string guitars that had 4 single courses and 2 double courses. There were 2 B strings and one of the lower wound courses was doubled and tuned in octaves. Throughout the dream was a fiddle playing a waltz in the key of G natural.  And that’s where I set my song, in G. 

(Jody Stecher/Vegetiboy Music BMI) 

I’ll sing you a song of a dream that I dreamed 
I met some musicians I surely esteemed 
Though their lives were not free from worries and fears 
They had deemed all things perfik for hundreds of years 

And “perfik” was what they all said 
And sometimes they sang it instead 
Some played the fiddle, some the guitar 
It made all things perfik the way that they are 

The way that they sang it gave my heart ease 
They sang from a place as deep as my knees 
Below heart, belly, waist, thighs, calves, and feet 
The earth it did rumble and it sounded so sweet 

Everything’s perfik when I’m with you 
Things go cattywampus and that’s perfik too 
Every creature on earth every star in the blue 
They deem all things perfik for me and for you. 

Jody Stecher: lead vocal and mandolin 
Keith Little: harmony vocal and guitar 
Chad Manning: fiddle 
Paul Knight: bass