Posted by Patrick J. McKenna on November 13, 2002 at 23:05:55:
I enjoy listening to and playing the blues just as much as just about anyone. Blues music has been around before any of us were born and not only will survive, but outlive any of us, despite of, or in a very minute way, possibly through our efforts.
I would like to see the harmonica get at least a fraction of the respect that it so richly deserves.
The harmonica should not be forced to retreat to the clubrooms or further into the wilds for campfire sing alongs with some Cub Scout pack.
In addition to the blues, for which I think that most of us share a passion, there is classical, pop, C&W and Gospel music.
Besides Jon Gindick, Kim Wilson and Charlie Musselwhite, Claude Garden, Robert Bonfiglio and Charlie McCoy also deserve their share of the spotlight.
As for me, the one time that I played outside in the country, was not at at some camp. It was at the burial of a fellow security officer. After the choir sang, I played two verses (in the 1st position) of "Amazing Grace." Those in attendance, especially my friends, were surprised. They, along with our Chief, Lieutenant, Sergeant, co-workers, the Pastor and most importantly, the family of deceased, appreciated my rendition of "Amazing Grace."
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