Men with Broken Hearts: Recitation by Howard Ball, Accompanied by the Native American Flute

Listen as I recite Men with Broken Hearts, written and recorded by Hank Williams in 1950. I love this song, which has been recorded by some of my favorite artists of all time, Jim Reeves, Buddy Ebson, Porter Wagner, and my very favorite, Johnny Cash. It is a sad, yet beautiful song, perfect to be accompanied by the Native American Flute, which you will also hear me playing in the background.

      Men With Broken Hearts

Men with Broken Hearts
A recitation by Howard Ball
Accompanied by the Native American Flute, also by Howard Ball

For more recitations and flute music, please visit my Flute Sounds page.

My Thoughts: Love is the Answer, Cherokee Prayer, and Bible Verses on Love!

The Bible addresses the topic of LOVE many times. It is so easy to pass judgment. We all do it continually and it often leads to fear, which leads to hatred and more. I’m striving to replace my judgment with love. Here are a few verses that I find helpful to remember when I am tempted to start judging those whom I do not understand.

Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers all wrongs. ~Proverbs 10:12

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born from a time of adversity. ~Proverbs 17:17

This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. ~1 John 3:16-18

Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. ~Romans 13:10

Featured Special: Oak Flute with Turquoise Inlay

I’ve inlaid this beautiful sounding, medium-toned, oak flute with authentic turquoise and I am offering it for a limited time only at the special, reduced price of $145. Regularly priced at $185, this is a great deal.

To purchase this work of fine art and craftsmanship, please follow this link to my Specials page.

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Cherokee Prayer

A simple, yet profound Cherokee prayer. Have a peaceful day!

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.
~James 1:19

O’ Great Spirit
help me always
to speak the truth quietly,
to listen with an open mind
when others speak,
and to remember the peace
that may be found in silence.
~Cherokee Prayer

Thank you!

Thank you so much to all of you who recently purchased a Suncrow Flute! I sincerely hope that you enjoy owning and playing yours as much as I enjoyed making them.

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The Spell of the Yukon

As I’ve written recently in a blog post, (Native American Version of the Twenty Third Psalm) I have been enjoying combining my passion for music with my love of recitation. I am truly loving exploring this new form of creative expression and I’m already working on and planning new recordings.

Please listen as I recite this classic poem, The Spell of the Yukon, by Robert Service. (1953) I am also playing the flute in the background.

The Spell of the Yukon
A recitation by Howard Ball
Accompanied by the Native American Flute, also by Howard Ball

      The Spell of the Yukon ---Suncrow flutes-High Flute

See also below: Native American Version of the Twenty Third Psalm with Amazing Grace on the flute in the background.

The Native American Version
of the Twenty Third Psalm
A recitation by Howard Ball
Accompanied by the Native American Flute, also by Howard Ball

      Native American Version of Psalm 23

Native-Beaded, Aromatic Cedar Flutes – Hand Beaded By Artist, Melvin Ellenwood

In honor of Mel’s Birthday! Happy Birthday, Melvin Ellenwood!!!

This week I’m featuring these two beautiful Native-Beaded, Aromatic Cedar Flutes, hand beaded by my good friend, Artist, Melvin Ellenwood. I created both flutes to play in the key of A.

For more information on my Native-Beaded Flutes please visit Native American Artist, Melvin Ellenwood

To view more beaded flutes visit my Shop (Native-Beaded Flutes)

Bible Verse and Hopi Quote about Rainbows

I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. ~Genesis 9:13

The rainbow is a sign
from Him who is in all things.

Native American Proverb

Listen to the wind, it talks.
Listen to the silence, it speaks.
Listen to your heart, it knows.
Native American Proverb

Native American Artist, Melvin Ellenwood

All of my beautiful Native-Beaded Flutes are professionally hand beaded by my good friend, Artist, Melvin Ellenwood. Mel is a member of the Umatilla Confederated Tribes in Northeastern Oregon, home of the Cayuse, Umatilla, and Walla Walla people. He currently lives in Spokane, Washington.

In addition to being a talented artist, Mel is also a United States Veteran, husband, father, grandfather, automobile mechanic, former race car driver, pow wow dancer, and friend to many. I am honored to call him my friend.

Melvin Ellenwood in his vibrant pow wow dancing regalia.

Melivn Ellenwood and Howard Ball in their regalia
at a local pow wow in Spokane, Washington.

Howard Ball and Melvin Ellenwood at Gathering At the Falls
pow wow in Spokane’s Riverfront Park. 

For more examples of Mel’s artistry on my flutes see the Native-Beaded Flutes page in my Shop.

How to Choose Which Flute is Right for You

The sound quality of a flute is influenced by the pitch of the flute, and the size of the flute, as well as the type of wood. Focusing on the pitch, you can choose a flute from the following ranges.


Soprano (small size) flutes play with a high pitch. They come in the keys of A, G, and D minor. These are the highest pitch flutes.


Tenor flutes (medium size) and are the most versatile. These are often called ‘Love Flutes.’ They come in the keys of A, G, F#, and E minor pentatonic.


Bass flutes (large size) are deep-toned and produce a soft, haunting voice. These are often called ‘Grandfather Flutes’ and they come in the keys of D, C, B, and A minor pentatonic
(D minor flutes are highest pitched flute in this range)


Drone flutes are two-flutes-in-one. In the alto/tenor range, you can play a continuous drone through the left chamber, while playing the melody on the right. Or, you can play the melody on the right chamber independently as a solo flute. Drone Flutes come in the keys A, G, and F# minor pentatonic .


Suncrow Flutes are made in various sizes and keys. Each flute has a specific finger-hole spacing. The key of the flute relates not only to its pitch, but also to its physical size.

The small size flute is easy for a child or an adult with smaller hands to play. This flute is very popular with people who want to carry their flute in their pocket.

The medium size flute (Love Flute) is ideal for the average person to play. The finger- hole spacing is within reach of any adult.

The large flutes (Bass Flutes)  are better with someone with larger hands because of the distance between the  holes. The deeper the tone of the flute the farther apart are the finger holes, thus a little harder for a person with small hands to play.

Walking Staff  Flutes are Bass Flutes and are keyed in deeper tones.

Drone flutes, being two-flutes-in-one, will take a little time to comfortably play. They are wider and take a little more breath to play both chambers at the same time.

For more information and or help choosing a flute, please contact Howard via Email at

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