you [Applause] you hi and welcome I'm your host Judy gitelson and we're here today with the Channing house harmonica players 18 of them right behind me and we just heard kumbaya and we're going to start off the show with talking to Barbara brown the co-director Barbara are you ready to talk to me nice of you to have us over oh well thank you so tell me a little bit about the group well when we started about early two thousand eight aha dr. Harry jenison joy G and myself found ourselves playing harmonica and soon after he learned about a harmonica for health class by dr. victor young and that was offered at our Palo Alto senior center called a Vanitas so he gave about three classes and when that was finished we found we enjoyed each other's so company so much and when many of them Nadine probably decided to keep playing together and we practice on Saturday mornings are one of our lounges at channing house in Palo Alto and are you pretty good are we pretty good guys alright well let's hear some more and I'll be back with you in a minute Barbara okay [Applause] you Oh you [Applause] all right Barbara and i'm back with you so come on up and we just heard Danny Boy and reverse order this old man and cockles and mussels correct there's some of our favorites ah and tell me Barbara how much did you pay for your first harmonica not a cent so in two thousand ten dollars that would be it was a gift ah still not a cent okay so tell us about that one yeah when I was in the fifth grade haha dehorner harmonica company gave each student a free marine band harmonica and you'll notice that it's a wooden reads it's not not like some of the plastic today so this is we're talkin 1937 Wow yeah and I forgot my awesome you had a little song book where you were going to show us but that's okay yeah it was cute and what do you do with the group Oh we'll talk about this one first this one I I think I said the art of plan and organized right and I I think the part that gives me the fun is getting to know each one separately and well we really enjoy playing together good and tell us about your necklace to this i think i won uh-huh and it does play the whole scale and NC mm-hmm is a harmonic was given to us or me by a harmonica representative it was a harmonica club cool and you may have said this before but you've been together about two and a half years is that right that's right that's pretty good and every Saturday you get together right and I told you I average age I think I think you did too that's very good alright we're going to go on and hear more music okay Thank You Barbara he got the whole hand forgot oh baby baby in this hand to got to do then forgot he got the whole work and his head [Applause] all right thank you John Jake and now we're going over to hi joy and I'm going to stand on that side of you okay how's that and this is joy G the other co-director the co-director I'm the other co-director and Barb and I divide the work of our group she does the administrative side or the fussy little detail that I really don't like and I do the music side on the music side I conduct the Saturday morning sessions and also come up with the music for it and I take the regular songs and converted into harmonica music record our tablature character yes in the harmonica tablature makes playing any song very very easy mm-hmm yes and then our entire group participates and selecting which song is good enough to be played on a regular basis so has the final say though entire group we have a nice little voting system I call it the thumb system aha so we play a song all right who's for i/o of Capri well some go up that means it's in some goes down definitely not it uh-huh some people like to put a little more emphasis they use to thumb we like it we like it all right also we don't like it no way then we also have provided a middle ground and what's your favorite song well well first and let me see that's their last question at this time and then i'm going to talk no i'm going to tell you all right we have here we have given tryouts to 150 songs at least and only 100 made it to our handbook oh those other 50 are hurt but what's your favorite that we're gonna play next oh oh susanna excellent alright go ahead with Oh Susan Anna important thing right side up and Miriam I'm with you now yes and this is Miriam and you go by mem correct too and I'm going to just introduce those last two songs we heard in reverse order clementine and Oh Susanna that's right and tell me how old are you because that's notable right 93 I've got pretty good pretty good 493 breathing in and out right oh yes yeah but you lost your sight eight years ago years ago oh and what is the harmonica do 40 I tell you it was until two and a half years ago that I got into this group and I'll tell you it's just been such a joy oh we had so much fun and when you were young tell us about your musical experience well I started picking out tunes on the piano by ear and couldn't find a piano teacher that would teach me that way I couldn't read notes oh yes why I wouldn't do it but anyway then a friend decided playing by ear the harmonic would be great so we gave me a small one and I played for a long time until I was about 15 then I gave it up because it was too childish so look at me now yeah you're going to quit this one in two weeks well I have to go on to more songs but you keep playing all right thank you [Applause] you [Applause] [Applause] alright and now i'm with you eat it you ready I'm rubbish okay so let me just tell everyone what's two songs we just heard we heard long long ago and when I grow too old to dreams you like those too well I like all the songs oh and tell me about you performing I want to hear about where you perform and where you like to perform well well I was young I used to play the piano and I used to perform with a group mmm that's all gone so when I heard about the harmonica ban I decided to join and it's just so much fun making music so we perform in different places but we perform down on the third floor with our friends who are in assisted living and nursing home and it's so wonderful to see the smiles on their faces some of them even know the words to the songs and it's just a joy to us to see their joy uh-huh and then you also do something very special with your harmonica use what do you do well what I do my children live far away my best cousin lives hour away and my nephew and I always call them on their birthdays and sing to them on the telephone now that I'm a harmonica player I play the harmonica happy birthday they first think it's a crank call when they hear the sound they hang up I call back and then they listen and maybe you've gotten better and they liked hearing you more now is that true alright we're going to go on to some more music okay thank you eat it [Applause] [Applause] Oh Oh [Applause] ok Dorothy I'm with you and we'll try this direction how's that I don't want to stand in front of you hi Dorothy hi how are you good so that was auld lang syne and for he's a jolly good fellow correct that's way and you have something well special you have copd can you tell the audience what that is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease but everybody calls it COPD all the ads on TV call it and it's a lung disease alone decision and how does playing the harmonica impact a bet it helps you force air out and interview in turn in your lungs because you're going like that so it forces you to go force air out and then get error back in aa a good exchange of air in your lungs a good exhibit than you would normally right and so is that helpful for your lungs yes that's really cool isn't it yeah it is great and how do you like playing with all these guys look oh that's good so you have a good time you get good breathing and you have good people your sir you can't beat that yeah that's good and do you have a favorite song yes I like Shenandoah ah I don't think you're playing that today but will hear no we're not okay well nice to talk with you good to talk with you right carry on [Applause] we [Applause] [Applause] all right you ready Doris okay come on up and just to tell everyone that was the famous for Arisaka and Alouettes and then before that was waltzing matilda you're right and I with Doris now Doris nice to meet you are nice to see you I met you yesterday yes and so let's show off your finery let's start with your your pinkie up in the air you're a special hand-holding and instead of being an affectation AHA is that I have 30 threaded fingers and they have a mind of their own and every day that they could pose okay good so it's not a pretentious quality it's a yes and then the other thing that you do that many of us do not do is use skype right I do and tell us what you do on skype it's just been wonderful I have a great a brand-new great-grandchild Wow who lives 3,000 miles away in North Carolina and I don't get to see him very often so he is now 16 months old and I have been able to see him on skype which is a wonderful wonderful invention for grandmothers and great-grandmothers and makes it possible for us to see him and hear him and he can see us and hear us as many of you know anyway a week ago I did what I've done for several skype skyping I introduced my my face with a twinkle twinkle little star so he would get accustomed to when that play is played well I was coming so this one time he had just learned to walk and after two notes he'd started to dance all I could see him 3,000 miles away that is a gift and you were a model to us all well I'll go home and learn skype now thank you do that it's alright we're going to keep playing [Applause] Oh all right Joe I'm back with you and that was mary had a little lamb and good night ladies and London Bridge is falling down wow I'm smushed into one so tell me how'd you get these harmonicas where'd they come from from your son well yes so my son went on a business trip to China aha and Bob three Chinese harmonicas that's cooked at that time you know hadn't play since Oh Susanna in grammar school well then I stopped playing it and by golly the harmonics were so good that I thought I was good Wow so being slightly encouraged by my plane I recorded a number of song and then I thought I accompanied myself in the guitar mm-hmm then I played back the tape recorder and I never heard such horrible sound come from a tape recorder mm-hmm so I didn't play for many years then I went to a Christmas party and a fellow who volunteered to be on the entertainment play the worst harmonica than me wow I've been playing ever since and you lowered the bar enough that you have 17 friends who play with you regularly but you're co-directing a great group and we're going to hear your finale now okay you're the group's finale oh ok uh were you interested in no no okay all right all right I'll thank you [Applause]

MC Studio Session – Channing House Harmonica Players
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4 thoughts on “MC Studio Session – Channing House Harmonica Players

  • July 30, 2019 at 5:42 pm
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    i would love to be able to play …you all are so clever ….long may you all keep on playing and entertaining folks ,and having fun …greetings from me from Scotland xxx
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  • July 30, 2019 at 5:42 pm
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    wheeee brilliant .a shared talent,to enjoy and have fun with ..when i was in Florida Summerfield ..i went to hear a group of Harmonica players..i wonder if this was the group i enjoyed it very much

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