A Pocketful of Music

Oct 1, 2012 | 1 comment

House concerts are often filled with pleasant surprises and yesterday’s – the first of our “season” – was no exception.  Not only did blues musician Steve Cheseborough (“Chezz” to his friends) bring the beautiful Taizz, but she brought along a pocketful of harps!  And played them!

They were blues harps, of course, or what we lay people are likely to call harmonicas.  They also are called mouth organs or French harps.  She had several, apparently in different keys.  If there were other differences among them, those were lost on me.  I just know that I love their sound when played by an expert, and Taizz was definitely that!

I remember fooling around with my own Hohner harmonica when I was a kid.  I think most of us nine- or ten-year-olds had one.  I got mine in a Christmas stocking and I’m sure I considered it a toy.  I doubt if I had ever heard one really played and since my family was not very musical (as in no one played an instrument) there weren’t any serious models for making music.  Certainly not with the harmonica.  But it was fun to try.

As an added bonus, Taizz sang with and without Chezz and his guitar.  The two of them even did an acapella bluesy-gospel number – a version of “We Are Climbing Jacob’s Ladder.”   It seemed so spontaneous and unrehearsed, I really did feel that I had been transported to a living room in the Deep South.  And when we were invited to sing along with songs we knew like “Mammy’s Little Baby Loves Shortenin Bread” it felt like we were in Oysterville, Mississippi!  Who knew?

1 Comment

  1. Stephanie Frieze

    I am so sorry to have not been able to stay to attend last night, Sydney! I am going to have to be very frugal with my leave usuage this year, but hope to make at least one house concert this season!

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