April 1, 2009
Botched Exorcism Leaves Soul of Bruce Molsky in 13-Year-Old Girl
“Um, I’m not dead yet, people,” says Molsky
CORVALLIS, OR — A daring attempt to expel the immortal soul of old-time fiddler Bruce Molsky from a young girl’s earthly body has ended in disaster, leaving the girl, Tatiana Hargreaves, 13, possessed by Molsky forevermore.
According to her family, Miss Hargreaves first began to show the extraordinary signs of diabolical possession several years ago, when with no practice whatsoever she acquired an almost superhuman ability to play the old-time fiddle, the long-established instrument of the devil.
Around the same time, she spontaneously and inexplicably became fluent in an entire repertoire of rare, often apocalyptic songs from Appalachia, which she sang in an antique dialect.
“My child sang that the seas will rage and burn, bright day will turn to night, and the blackest crow that ever flew would surely turn to white,” said her concerned mother, R. Silver.
“That was when we called the exorcist,” said her father.
“God help us all,” said the exorcist, Father Martin O’Donnell, who is dead now.
Musical scholars analyzed recordings of Miss Hargreaves and conclusively identified Molsky’s soul as the infesting force.
“Um, I’m not dead yet people,” said Molsky.
Molsky was known throughout his life for his intensely-moving renditions of traditional songs and for his intricate and unique violin bowing techniques.
His original body was demonic in appearance, especially when playing the fiddle. During performances, Molsky’s hands took the form of cloven hooves, his eyebrows became sharp and pointed like his devil goatee, and small horns appeared to grow from his temples.
“What the hell are you people talking about?” asked Molsky.
“Not only am I not dead, I’m playing a show in Brooklyn on Friday,” he added.
The attempted exorcism failed to uproot Molsky’s soul, and religious experts now agree that it is likely irremovable.
Nevertheless, Miss Hargreaves’s parents have chosen to raise her like a normal girl.
The soul of Molsky will receive a producer credit on Miss Hargreaves’s debut album, which will be released this summer at the Clifftop Old Time Fiddlers Gathering and Civil War Reenactment.