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BlueMooseApr 23, 2009 8:53 PM GMT
Just returned from a 6 day trip to San Francisco with my wife, daughters and 68 other members of the high school senior band (and 4 other chaperons, we ain't crazy enough to try that with just the two of us adults!)
It actually was going on 6 and a half days 'cause the train from SF to Seattle broke down a bunch of times and we had track work delays as well.
But...while in SF I got to tour Alcatraz twice with the 2 halves of the group. On the second time through the cell block tour I was able to look around a bit closer. One bunch of cells were setup with typical contents depicting different aspects of life 'on the rock'. They had a music hour each day and a couple cells had what I'm sure were vintage Marine Bands up on the shelf. Also, in the control room there were 2 vinatage microphones on stands. One was definately a Shure Green Bullet but I couldn't tell what the other was.
The gift shop at the end had Alcatraz harmonica's for sale so I bought one along with an Alcatraz tin drinking cup that makes a pretty good (and authentic looking) harp mute.
The harp is a pretty cheap key of 'C' knock off that, even with a quick re-gapping, was almost un-playable. Bottom cover says, "where music is a privilege". Somethng to think about.
Bunch of the kids bought one as well and they were honking and squawking away as we took the ferry back. Explained the workings of a harp to them and a couple of them were very intrigued. Might offer some followup sessions once we all recover from two nights on the train. (The wine and cheese tasting was good though! :)
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I bet there were more than a few heart felt waillin' blues played in there over the years!!
PS - what age were the kids - you must need a bit of recovery time now!!
no doubt that was a sobering trip. and jb, i have to agree, probably a lot of deep blues was played there!
Hey JBone - do you suppose we got them confused over here yet? Just noticed you gone all hi - falutin' on me with the capital "J" and "K" Just so everyone knows Jawbone K (south) is from Arkansas and jawbone s (north) is from Ontario, Canada.
Hey Moose - the first train trip I ever took, and first trip the the US was in 1965, I was 13 and with the Lindsay Kinsmen Band, we were playing at the New York Worlds Fair - Man, what an experience - that was about 45 years ago and I still have vivid memories
They were from grade 8 to grade 12. Really good bunch of kids. They are losing a lot to graduation this year. Next years band will be very different.
jb, i think there's enough difference esp with the photos, we're obviously seperate.
for everyone who doesn't know, jb north and i are siamese twins seperated at birth by a siamese doctor.
Harmonica is the only instrument you can play while wearing handcuffs...
I bet there a lot of harmonica-related stories in places like alcatraz
"Harmonica is the only instrument you can play while wearing handcuffs..."
LOL!! Great line Peter! You should use it in a song! :)
yes, saw the vent hole...and the pock marks in the cement floor where they dropped the bombs from a hole in the ceiling trying to re-capture everyone.
Gotta rent the movie.
LOL at Madcat - Harmonica is the instrument you can keep playing even if they put you in handcuffs...
My nephew was showing me pictures of his trip to Alcatraz he took last weekend for his 1st wedding anniversary. A lot of well done photos but my eyes did light up when the controll room shots popped up and the mics jumped out at me ;-)
I also thought of the blues that must have poured out of that place when I was looking at shots of the cells.
"Gee honey, next weekend is our 1st anniversary and I really think we should do something special to celebrate our love! How about a tour of Alcatraz! "
""Gee honey, next weekend is our 1st anniversary and I really think we should do something special to celebrate our love! How about a tour of Alcatraz! " Um,,,,,,,,,take the self guided tour if it is just you and her.Much more,,,,,,,,,,fun -coff-