The Coolest Thing Happened to Me the Other Night

The other night I was on one of my usual harmonica walks through the neighborhood when I noticed that one of the houses I was passing had all of its windows open and was playing music so loud that I found myself wondering if there was a band practicing inside.  It was made all the more present because of how it echoed through the quiet night air.  I was playing my own music, though, so I really couldn’t make out what song or genre it was, only that it was really loud.  But just as I passed the house, I thought I heard the word, “harmonica” in the lyrics so I stopped playing and listened… and heard the most awesome song playing:  (song starts at 0:53 but the first minute is a great intro by Elwood Blues a.k.a. Dan Akroyd)

I stood there smiling ear to ear and bopped my head to the song.  When it was done, I called out to the open windows asking who the song was by and a nice lady named Libby came to the window excitedly and said with an almost hippy drawl, “We played that for you, man!”  It was wonderful!  That was the night I discovered Curtis Salgado, the man who was the inspiration for John Belushi and Dan Akroyd to create the Blues Brothers in 1978.  What a fantastic musician!  And what an awesome song!  I was just beaming with joy.  Normally, I walk around playing music for everyone else but that night someone played music for me.  Thanks, Libby for the tribute and for introducing me to a new favorite musician.

Image credit on the main page goes to Arlan Huilar, by way of Flickr.  Thanks Arlan!  Awesome pic

About Parker

I'm a woodworker by day and a musician by night, a blogger on the weekends and an artist when I can find the time.

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