Re: Primal harp?

On Mon, 5 Dec 1994, Bruce Steinberg wrote:

> I've been wondering -- what is everyone's first recollection of
> ever just ~being aware~ of harmonicas?  Not necessarily playing
> one, but just getting turned on to the concept in general.

  The first I can remember was at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. I 
was very young (maybe four or five years old) and some country or 
bluegrass player was making the harp talk - doing the old "I want my 
mama, I wannadrink of water" tune. (I'm not sure what it's called. Dr. 
Ross called it "The Mama Blues.") I don't know who the player was but it 
sure sounded great. I remember thinking that I would love to be able to 
do that someday. Well, twenty or so years later I still can't make the 
harp talk quite like that, but I'm working on it. Too bad I didn't start 
playing back then when I was first inspired!


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