From: Mike Curtis <;wd6e~aiwan.com>;
Date: Tue, 28 Nov 1995 00:35:13 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Springsteen on "Tonight" show

Bruce Springsteen was on the "Tonight Show" tonight 11/28/95. He did a solo
piece, playing acoustic guitar and harp (looked like a Marine Band) in a
rack (Hohner rack). He impressed me with his harmonica playing. I am all
the more convinced that anyone who can breathe can pick one up and claim to
play it :-)

But seriously, the "Dylan style" harmonica does make a reasonable and
affective "filler" for solo acts. I've recommended a few cheap harps and
holder to some who play acoustic guitar and sing who do only originals, or
who otherwise have very limited quantities of material (I know some who have
maybe an hours worth of originals, which is fine for multi-act coffee
houses, but when they have to do a whole night, they need to stretch it out
a bit). A "Bob Dylan" style harp solo can help to stretch the material.

And of course, after the solo, you can sing the same verses over again, as
many audiences have poor short term memory, especially in bars :-)

I don't think this kind of "non harmonica playing" hurts the harmonica
business. It might even be a positive thing, in that teenage boys can
impress their girlfriends by playing "just like Bruce Springsteen".

-- mike


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