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Flash Post 277!

Flash Post 277!

Button, you must have heard the songs I was playing on my system this morning. There was this particular song, Blowin’ in the Wind, sung by Bob Dylan, one of my fave singers, who also plays a particular musical instrument. Can you tell what musical instrument he was playing?

Can you, please, play the song one more time?

Why not? And…

I can’t tell because I don’t know the instrument he is playing.

It’s called the harmonica. It’s a small instrument that’s held with one or both palms and played by blowing air into it from the mouth.  And, again, my father comes to mind because he used to play the harmonica beautifully.


My maiden family was actually very musically inclined. My paternal grandmother had a very melodious voice as did my youngest paternal aunt. My father, too, had a very powerful voice and, as I have mentioned, played the harmonica expertly.

Why didn’t any of them pursue a musical career?

I don’t have a clue!

The other thing I remember my father doing when he played the harmonica was hold the harmonica with one palm and hold a vessel with the other palm encasing the musical instrument and playing it.

And how did that help?

That, I think, gave the emerging sound a richer quality. For your information only, Button, here’s what a harmonica looks like.

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